Pac-12 Championship: Washington 41, Colorado 10. What Does It All Mean?
Washington wiped out Colorado 41-10 to win the Pac-12 Championship. Does this mean the Huskies are in the College Football Playoff? What does it all mean?
That’s the College Football Playoff statement Washington needed to make
The overall resume might not be fantastic, and there might be arguments to make for Ohio State, Michigan, and/or the Big Ten champion to get in over the Huskies, but that was before the total domination of the No. 8 team in the country.
If recent history is any guide, the committee likes teams coming into games on a hot streak, and now the Dawgs have won three in a row in big-time fashion ever since the loss to USC, beating Arizona State, arch-rival Washington State on the road, and now Colorado in the conference title game by a combined score of 130-45.
Give this one to the Washington offensive line
It wasn’t the greatest of games from Jake Browning – he completed just 9-of-24 passes for 118 yards and two scores – but it didn’t need to be. The Washington line pounded and pounded some more as the Huskies managed to grind out 265 punishing yards on the ground with Myles Gaskin running for 159 of them and Lavon Coleman coming up with 101 yards and a score on 18 carries. The ball control game worked perfectly, with Washington holding on to the ball for over 38 minutes and never letting it become a game after the first half.
Sefo Liufau gave it a shot
Liufau took off on one big run early, but suffered an ankle injury and wasn’t right the rest of the way. He missed the rest of the first half, came back out in the second, but it was a disaster, finishing completing just 3-of-13 passes for 21 yards and three interceptions as the Washington D clamped down and turned the game into a rout. The Buffs came up with one great drive in the first quarter after Liufau came out – Steven Montez marched the team down the field, leading to a Phillip Lindsay scoring run – but that was it.
The Washington D was the Washington D
Colorado came into the game with a solid, balanced attack averaging 470 yards per game and doing just about everything right all year. Even in the games when the offense didn’t work, the defense picked up the slack – the team managed to find ways to win.
But the Washington defense ended all of that, coming up with picks, third down stops, and making it impossible for anyone of the Buffs to break free with constant pressure up front, and swarming plays time and again whenever anyone had a sliver of daylight.
At the very least, it looked like a defensive performance to provide hope that if the Huskies really get into the CFP, yeah, they should be able to hang with anyone if they perform like this. The defense really can take over when needed – just like it was supposed to.