Can we make too much of Washington’s season opener vs. Auburn in Atlanta on Sept. 1? Probably not.

It’s obviously huge for the Huskies. They are the Pac-12’s best hope for the College Football Playoff, which has not been a happy place in the land of surfing and sunsets.

Washington-Auburn also is huge for the SEC-free world. No pressure, but if college football wants to avoid a repeat of last year’s grits-and-bear-it playoff, which featured Alabama, Georgia and Clemson (the best SEC team not in the SEC), a Washington win over Auburn would be a great place to start. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.