The Huskies got very little respect for much of last season. Until they gave Alabama a fairly competitive game in the Peach Bowl in the CFB playoff semifinals.

The feeling this season is that Washington will get even more respect because they could be back in Atlanta for the national championship game in January–and could very well be facing Alabama again.

The key here for Washington starts with Coach Chris Petersen, who showed he knew how to build a program at Boise State and now has rebuilt Washington into a power in the Pac-12–and nationally.  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.