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ESPN analysts: Washington's defense will test Alabama in Peach Bowl



ESPN announcer Joe Tessitore sees most of college football fixating on one matchup in the Peach Bowl:

"It seems the whole world is just focused on the Alabama defense dominating this football game," Tessitore said.

Which is why Tessitore is looking the other way, at Washington's underrated defense in the Dec. 31 College Football Playoff semifinal that will decide whether the Huskies or Crimson Tide comes to Tampa for the national title game.

Washington's defense is seventh nationally in scoring (17.2 points per game) and 10th in opposing passer rating. The Huskies have 19 interceptions and allowed only 13 touchdown passes. Tessitore said Washington's defensive front looks more like one you'll see in the SEC than the Pac-12.

The Huskies will face an undefeated Alabama team led by a freshman quarterback (Jalen Hurts) and a coordinator (Lane Kiffin) who has been hired as the next coach at Florida Atlantic.

"I still see an offense that isn't fully evolved and developed as to where they want to be," Tessitore said Tuesday during a conference call to preview the game.

ESPN analyst Todd Blackledge also touted the Huskies' defense - as long as quarterback Jake Browning can attack Alabama's lone defensive weakness (a relative term), the secondary.

"I think their defense is good enough to hold them in this game," Blackledge said of Washington. "It's just a matter of whether or not offensively they can make enough plays in the passing game." 

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 2:18pm]


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