Week 11 Recap
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Washington @ Colorado
Current Records: Washington 4-6; Colorado 3-7
After a two-game homestand, the Washington Huskies will be on the road. Washington and the Colorado Buffaloes will face off in a Pac-12 battle at 3 p.m. ET Saturday at Folsom Field. Given that these two teams suffered a loss in their last game, they both have a little extra motivation heading into this game.
The Huskies were within striking distance but couldn’t close the gap last week as they fell 35-30 to the Arizona State Sun Devils. Washington was up 14 to nothing at the end of the first quarter but couldn’t hold on to the lead. No one had a standout game offensively for Washington, but they got scores from RB Kamari Pleasant, TE Devin Culp, and RB Cameron Davis.
Washington’s defense was a presence, as it got past ASU’s offensive line to sack QB Jayden Daniels four times for a total loss of 22 yards. Leading the way was LB Bralen Trice and his two sacks. Those were the first sacks for Trice this season.
Meanwhile, Colorado scored first but ultimately less than the UCLA Bruins in their matchup last week. Things couldn’t have gone much worse for the Buffaloes as they lost 44-20. They were surely aware of their 18-point disadvantage in the point spread, but the foreknowledge did nothing to prevent the result. Their defeat shouldn’t obscure the performances of RB Alex Fontenot, who punched in two rushing touchdowns, and RB Jarek Broussard, who picked up 108 yards on the ground on 16 carries.
The Huskies are the favorite in this one, with an expected 6.5-point margin of victory. Those who got lucky with them against the spread last week might want to hold off on placing bets this time since the squad has yet to string together back-to-back wins against the spread.
Washington is now 4-6 while Colorado sits at 3-7. A couple defensive stats to keep an eye on: Washington is stumbling into the contest with the 203rd most rushing yards allowed per game in the nation, having given up 203.9 on average. Colorado has experienced some rushing struggles of their own as they are 220th worst in the nation in rushing touchdowns allowed, with 21 on the season. It’s possible one of these Achilles’ heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.
The Huskies are a solid 6.5-point favorite against the Buffaloes, according to the latest college football odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 6.5-point spread, and stayed right there.
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Washington have won three out of their last four games against Colorado.
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Sony to keep making PlayStation 4 as PS5 output hits snag – New York Post
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Sony’s plans to mass produce its new PlayStation 5 gaming console have been put on hold because of disruptions in the global supply chain — forcing the company to keep cranking out its older PS4 systems.
The Japanese tech giant had initially planned to phase out manufacturing of PS4 at the end of last year and move to a full transition to its newer consoles, according to Bloomberg. But now it is pivoting to produce as many as 1 million of the old models in 2022.
After introducing the PS5 in November 2020, supply has been scarce due to shortages in advanced chips and other commodities needed to mass produce the hardware.
This past November, Sony reduced its PS5 production outlook. Initially, it aimed to make more than 16 million units in the year ending in March, but that number was trimmed to 14.8 million.
The older PS4 is cheaper to make and uses less advanced chips and software than its successor. Released in 2013, the PS4 has sold more than 116 million units and remains popular among gamers.
The PS5, which offers more sophisticated graphics and faster loading times than the PS4, was also met with great fanfare. As of September 2021, it has sold 13.3 million total units — surpassing the 7.6 million units that the PS4 sold in its first year of availability nearly a decade ago.
Sony told assembly partners late last year that it is pivoting to manufacture more PS4 consoles this year, though a company spokesperson denied that it had planned to discontinue production altogether.
“It is one of the best-selling consoles ever and there is always crossover between generations,” a spokesperson told Bloomberg.
This past fall, Sony reported a 27% increase in sales in its gaming division for the three-month fiscal quarter that ended on Sept. 30. The firm credited the popularity of the PS5.
In total, the Japanese conglomerate’s gaming division recorded $5.7 billion in sales during the three month period starting in July. Operating income fell 21% to $727 million while the company generated $10.8 billion in revenue.
Sony isn’t the only gaming company that is relying on its older technologies to keep profits flowing during the supply chain crunch.
Last year, Nvidia, the US firm that makes processing units for gaming consoles, revived its previous generation of GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards due to the shortage in semiconductors.
While the company never officially discontinued production of the card, it was not listed for sale as recently as November 2020.
The card was first introduced in 2016, but was gradually phased out in favor of the newer 16-series cards, according to PC Gamer.
Market observers say that the supply chain crisis and chip shortages will likely last through this year.
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