Here is Jared Lloyd’s look at the BYU-Washington matchups, including his prediction for the final score for Saturday's game at LaVell Edwards Stadium:
BYU offense vs. Washington defense
The Cougars have had moments of brilliance but have also gone through stretches where things haven't gone well. The Huskies lost a lot of talented players from 2018 but are still disciplined and aggressive.
BYU defense vs. Washington offense
The Cougars forced three interceptions against USC and has been willing to mix things up. The Huskies struggled to put up points against Cal but scored a lot in a win over Hawaii, so Washington is hoping the pieces have come together.
Washington head coach Chris Peterson has a proven track record, including last year's run to the Pac-12 title. BYU head coach Kalani Sitake got the biggest home win of his career last week and has his team believing it can win close games.
This is the first road game for the Huskies, so they will be dealing with the challenges of a hostile environment and will likely have some miscues. BYU has been living dangerously in overtime games but believes it always has a chance to win.
Key Matchup: BYU running back Ty'Son Williams vs. the Washington defensive front
The Cougars had a tough time getting anything going offensively against the Huskies in Seattle last year but Ty'Son Williams is the type of running back who can make a guy miss and pick up yards after contact. If the BYU offense can do enough to win the field position and time of possession battles, the Cougars will put themselves in position to get another upset.
BYU has won by not making big mistakes but there have been opportunities for both Tennessee and USC to force turnovers. Washington's defense will make the Cougars cough up the ball but BYU will respond with determination and belief in themselves. That will make the game come down to the wire but this time the bounces won't go the Cougars' way.
Washington 29, BYU 23