Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Washington Huskies are Ranked!

I've been wanting to blog about the University of Washington Huskies' victory over the Boise State Broncos since Sunday morning (the game was late Saturday).  But I wanted to wait until the new AP poll came out to see if after beating the #19 Broncos the Huskies were ranked.  But because of Labor Day (apparently) the poll which normally comes out Sunday evening came out just this morning.

The game Saturday evening was held in the renovated Husky Stadium, the first game in the new stadium and the first game on campus since November 5, 2011 (home games were played at the Seahawks' venue, Century Link Field in the interim).  Going in the Huskies were considered a bit of an underdog since Boise has been a very powerful team and was ranked where the Huskies were not.  Also, in their last meeting, last year in the Las Vegas Bowl, Boise won 28-26.

On the first play of the game, Husky quarterback Keith Price threw an interception.  But after that hiccup it was nearly all Huskies all evening.  A interception got the Dawgs the ball back and they marched it in for a touchdown.  They held the Broncos to two field goals (blocking one) and won the game 38-6.  The Huskies dominated both offense and defense against a seeming hapless BSU.

After celebrating the victory, I was wondering if beating a ranked team would get the Huskies in the top 25.  And this morning I found out it did.  The Huskies are now ranked #20 (which seems a bit low for beating a #19 team).

Next the Huskies have a bye but then they travel to Chicago to play the Illinois Fighting Illini.  Then a home game against the Idaho State Bengals (an FCS team), then Arizona Wildcats also at home.  There's no reason to believe they can't win all three of those games.

Then their schedule gets tough: Stanford (currently #5) in Palo Alto then Oregon (now #2) at home.

It should be a fun season if the Huskies continue to play the way they did Saturday night.

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