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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

September 12, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Huskies favored by 29

Since UW is playing an FCS school this weekend in Portland State, most of the traditional Vegas sports books do not have a betting line on the game — they usually stay away from FBS-FCS matchups.

But you can find a line on the game if you scour the net a little, and I found this one from 5dimes.eu showing the Huskies as 29-point favorites over the Vikings.

As far as I can tell, that is the largest point spread favoring the Huskies since they were 32-point favorites over Idaho in 2002, a game UW won 41-27.

Washington was an 18-point favorite last year when it hosted Eastern Washington, in what was UW’s first game in its history against an FCS team, a contest the Huskies won just 30-27. That game was also the largest spread favoring UW in the Steve Sarkisian era.

The last time UW was favored by as much as 20 points came in the 2009 Apple Cup when the Huskies were favored by 24 and beat Washington State 30-0. UW was also favored that season by 20 over Idaho and won 42-23.

But the only other time between now andn 2003 when UW was favored by 20 or more points game in the 2006 opener against San Jose State, when the Huskies (playing at home) were favored by exactly 20 and won 35-29.

UW has been favored by double-digits just five previous times in the Sarkisian era, winning all five on the field and going 2-3 against the spread. That includes the San Diego State game, when UW was a 16.5-point favorite but won just 21-12.

UW is 0-2 against the spread this year, with both games also going under the projected point total, which obviously speaks in part to the offensive struggles so far compared to what was expected.

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