1. Washington is now the Pac-12’s power program, and …
Oh yeah, it’s going to the Rose Bowl.
Of course, the expectations at the beginning of the season were the College Football Playoff, but despite the three losses – all by a total of nine points – the team stayed alive, it came through in the Apple Cup against Washington State, and now it’s off to Pasadena for the first time since the 2000 season.
It might not have been pretty, and it might not have been a game that America will remember, but the Huskies are Pac-12 champions for the second time in three years.
The program is now off to its third major bowl in a row, and the stability is there at a time when most of the Pac-12 South is still trying to rebuild and the stars of the North took a step back.
With 32 wins in three seasons, this is now the best three-year run in the history of Washington football, and there are no signs of slowing down.
The defense will always be terrific under Petersen, Jacob Eason is about to be a factor at quarterback next year, and the standard has been set.