Saturday, November 30, 2013

Apple Cup Win for Washington

With yesterday's Apple Cup victory over the Washington State Cougars, the University of Washington Huskies improve to 8-4, their best record since 2001.  This puts them firmly in 3rd place of the Pac-12 North (after Stanford and Oregon) and 6th overall.  Okay, not great but for a team that went 0-12 just 5 years ago, that's not too shabby.  It is, of course, worse than I had hoped at the beginning of the season.  One problem is, the Pac-12 is strong this year.  For instance, of the 12 teams in the Pac-12, five are ranked and we played four of them (our four losses).  But, there was a time this season the Huskies were ranked #15, before hitting the meat grinder in the middle of their schedule playing Stanford, Oregon, then Arizona State (the other loss was to UCLA).

The Huskies are, however, inconsistent.  Last week against Oregon State, going in as underdogs, there were brilliant.  Yesterday they were dodgy the first half and came out the second half and dominated the Cougs for a 27-17 victory.  So if coach Steve Sarkisian is going to work on anything, it's got to be consistency.  Yes, he's done amazing things with this program (there was a time that if the Huskies were losing, and they usually were, they'd give up about half-way through the third quarter).  But he need to work more and get his talented team working more consistently.  And he needs to stop relying so much on Bishop Sankey.

As you can tell I'm a die-hard Huskies fan.  I'd love to see this team return to the glory of the 1990s.  We keep hoping "next year" looking at the talent of the younger players.  Maybe Sarkisian is the problem.  Maybe he can only bring the Huskies this far and to complete the journey to national dominance they need a different leader.  I don't know.

One more game this season: a bowl game against whom no one knows (I saw one prediction it would be against BYU).  Then we wait, again, for "next year."

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