Washington coach mum on starting QB vs. Cal; San Jose State QB honored

In Jimmy Lake’s debut as Washington head coach, he’s not going to share anything about who his starting quarterback will be before Saturday’s opener at Cal.

“Great question. I guess we will find out about 7:34 p.m. Pacific time, right around there on Saturday night,” Lake said Monday.

No bigger question surrounds Lake’s first game in charge of the Huskies than who will be under center against the Bears. After several weeks of practice and a few scrimmages, Lake is still keeping the decision under wraps as to which of his four options will take that first snap.

The favorite from the start has appeared to be graduate transfer Kevin Thomson because he has the most experience. Thomson was the Big Sky Conference offensive player of the year last year at Sacramento State before deciding to transfer back home to finish his college career at Washington.

Thomson threw 450 passes and 27 touchdowns in 2019. Washington’s other three QB options — Jacob Sirmon, Dylan Morris and Ethan Garbers — have combined to throw three passes in college, all of them by Sirmon last season.

Whoever the starter is, he will direct a new offense under first-year offensive coordinator John Donovan. Lake has also said the Huskies could use multiple QBs to start and all four were listed as potential starters on the depth chart.

“If there’s a guy that can just take over the reins and be the guy, then he’ll be the guy,” Lake said. “But from a defensive standpoint, if there’s a guy back there that can just take control, that’s difficult to defend. If there’s a two-headed monster back there, that’s difficult to defend. We’re going to do whatever is best for our team to make sure we get victories.”

Washington has been blessed with experience at the position for years. Jake Browning was a four-year starter at quarterback for the Huskies and Jacob Eason brought one year’s worth of experience starting in the SEC when he took over for Browning last season.

San Jose State quarterback Nick Starkel was named Mountain West bOffensive Player of the Week.

San Jose State quarterback Nick Starkel was named Mountain West bOffensive Player of the Week.

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Lake said his decision to not announce the starter comes from a competitive standpoint. His predecessor, Chris Petersen, did the same ahead of Browning’s first game in 2015.

Honor for Spartan: San Jose State quarterback Nick Starkel was named the Mountain West Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week. The grad transfer from Arkansas completed 34 of 47 passes for 467 yards and five touchdowns in the Spartans’ 38-21 win over New Mexico on Saturday. The Spartans will try to go 3-0 for the first time since 1982 when they face San Diego State (2-0) in Carson (Los Angeles County) on Friday night.

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Air Force vs. San Jose State odds, line: 2020 college football picks, Week 8 predictions from proven model

The San Jose State Spartans and the Air Force Falcons will face off in a Mountain West clash at 10:30 p.m. ET on Saturday at CEFCU Stadium. The Falcons are coming off one of the most impressive wins of the season thus far when they beat Navy 40-7 despite being 6.5-point underdogs in that matchup. This is the first game of the season for the Spartans. 

The Falcons are favored by seven points in the latest San Jose State vs. Air Force odds from William Hill. The over-under for total points is set at 62. Before making any Air Force vs. San Jose State picks, you’ll want to see the college football predictions from the model at SportsLine.

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Now, the model has set its sights on San Jose State vs. Air Force. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college football odds for Air Force vs. San Jose State:

  • San Jose State vs. Air Force spread: San Jose State +7
  • San Jose State vs. Air Force over-under: 62 points
  • San Jose State vs. Air Force money line: San Jose State +205, Air Force -245

What you need to know about San Jose State 

San Jose State turned heads by beating an SEC squad, Arkansas, on the road early last season. But the rest of the campaign featured few highlights as the Spartans finished 5-7, including losing five of their last seven games. They did, however, finish the season on a high note by knocking off Fresno State 17-16 in the season finale. 

Arkansas transfer quarterback Nick Starkel is in the mix at quarterback and he’ll compete with Nick Nash. Having Tre Walker at receiver will be a big boost for either QB. Walker heads into his senior year coming off a strong 2019 campaign where he caught 79 passes for 1,161 yards.

What you need to know about Air Force

The Falcons have the advantage of having already played this year, and that one game was extremely impressive. The Falcons completed just four passes in their 40-7 win over Navy, but they moved the ball on the ground with ease. Eight players had at least one carry with Timothy Jackson (19-118) and Brad Roberts (10-103-1) leading the way.

Air Force’s defense was equally as impressive. It held Navy’s rushing attack to just 2.5 yards per carry and forced a pair of turnovers. 

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