Week 5

Washington 44, Stanford 6, The New Pac-12 Superpower

Washington 44, Stanford 6. What does it all mean?

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Washington 44, Stanford 6

America, welcome to your new Pac-12 superpower.

Reports of the league’s playoff hope demise weren’t greatly exaggerated – they were just hiding up in Seattle.

Now you’ve seen the Washington Huskies, and now you see what the buzz is all about.

Washington beat Stanford. It’s not exactly 25th-anniversary-of-Nevermind momentous in terms of significance and importance when it comes to cool things coming out of the Pacific Northwest – sorry for the obvious reference – and the Seattle Seahawks have done a nice job of generating plenty of attention for the city and the region, but this win was the coming out party.

Yeah, Jake Browning is a real, live pro prospect.

Yeah, there are NFL starters on the U-Dub D just killing time before they go to the next level.

Yeah, Chris Petersen is one hell of a college football coach.

And yeah, this is what it looks like when you give the right guy the right amount of time to build a proud program back up.

But it’s only a win over Stanford – and a flawed one at that.

The inexperience on both sides of the ball finally showed. The banged up Cardinal secondary, the unproven passing game, and the new parts being folded into the mix finally turned out to be a big problem.

But this is still a very, very good team that just got thrashed, just like Florida State is still a very, very good team that just so happened to walk right into the demonic left hook delivered by Louisville a few weeks ago.

And just like the Cardinals, Washington announced to the world that it’s ready to be in the playoff mix, too.

The Arizona close call last week proved the Huskies still have to bring the intensity every week, and even more now, but that’s okay.

This is what everyone was waiting for, and this is supposed to happen under Petersen. It’s going to be a fun next few months.

What Does This All REALLY Mean?

Okay, this was a blast, but all the warm fuzzies for Washington could quickly go bye-bye if it can’t handle the road trip to Oregon next week. There’s still Utah and Cal on the road, there’s still USC and Arizona State to deal with, and there’s that Mike Leach team over there that would be more than happy to ruin all the fun. So yeah, this was a great win, UW. Now keep doing it.