Five Pac 12 hot takes set to the soundtrack of my favorite new Pacific Northwest grunge band: Larry Scott and the Night Crawlers.
1: How do you like our Washingtons?
The Huskies and Cougars are coming off a weekend in which they outscored their two Pac 12 opponents, 135-34.
The “W” this year stands for “wow.”
Washington is 9-0 after answering every question in a 59-point win at California, a team good enough at home this year to beat Texas and Utah.
It was a late-night performance that sent a pointed message to the College Football Playoff selection committee, which thought nobody in the west would care if it rated one-loss Texas A&M ahead of the Huskies in last week’s first ranking.
Texas A&M rewarded the committee’s faith by losing at Mississippi State, a team that lost to South Alabama and is the only school from the powerful SEC West to lose against the mediocre SEC East.
Washington, conversely, took care of its business against a depleted Cal defense by rolling up 704 total yards on the Bears.
Understandably, this dominant performance led to a cover story in Monday’s USA Today about…Ohio State.
Washington finally gets its due Saturday when ESPN GameDay comes to Seattle for the Pac 12 game of the year against USC.
Basically, the way it works, is Pac 12 teams have one shot to impress the judges. Texas A&M suffered its second loss, to mediocre Mississippi State, and fell only three spots, to No. 10, in the coaches’ poll. Rest assured voters won’t be as kind to Washington in defeat.
Washington receiver John Ross, an emerging superstar who had 208 yards against Cal, knows the Huskies have little margin for error.
The selection committee, as you are reading this, has probably already jumped one-loss Ohio State over Washington in this week’s ranking.
“Don’t take your foot off the gas,” Ross said. “Continue to win, it’s 0-0 and anything can happen.”
Meanwhile, cross-state neighbor Washington State has won seven straight games after starting 0-2. The Cougars are still being punished for an opening loss to Eastern Washington, but are now playing with an almost lethal efficiency. Their tear-down of Arizona last week by the score of 69-7 should have opened some eyes.
“Everything we touched worked,” Coach Mike Leach said.
The Cougars were rewarded with a two-spot jump in the polls–all the way to No. 23. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.