Yesterday the University of Washington Huskies beat the Brigham Young University Cougars in a dramatic 45-19 win. And to think I was worried.
The Huskies dominated from the start. Even without star running back Salvon Ahmed who didn't make the trip due to a leg injury. (He's "week-to-week" if he'll play or not.) Running back Sean McGrew stepped up and ran for 110 yards in the game, showing that the Huskies have depth at running. Quarterback Jacob Eason showed his skills in his first away game for the Huskies by throwing for 290 yards and three touchdowns. The Dawgs were so successful in reaching the end zone that they only punted once in the game and that was in the fourth quarter.
On the negative size, there was one interception by BYU and we did fumble the ball once. When the score was 45-19 with about five minutes left in the game, Husky coach Chris Petersen, as he likes to do, put in backup players. We didn't score after that.
The Huskies looked much better, making me think the California game might have been a fluke. (Or California is much better than anyone thought.) Eason continues to impress. And that we moved the ball for 187 yards running without Ahmed says a lot for the skill of the rest of the players.
Next week we play USC at home. The game is at 12:30 PM on Fox. I sure like these midday games better than 7:30 at night.
Elsewhere in the Pac-12
On Friday, USC beat #10 Utah. This should drop Utah in the AP poll a bit when it comes out.
California, ranked at #23, was the other team not playing in-conference. They beat Ol' Miss 28 to 20.
Oregon beat Stanford 21-6 yesterday. No surprise there. Oregon is ranked 16.
And in the biggest upset in the Pac-12, unranked and win-less UCLA beat the #19 WSU Cougars at home 67-63. Sounds like a basketball score. That should ding the Cougars in today's poll when it comes out.
The Houston Cougars lost, too, so all three college teams named "Cougars" lost.
The only undefeated team in the Pac-12 is California who are currently on top of the Pac-12 North. USC is on top of the Pac-12 South at 2-0 in conference, 3-1 overall.
And it wasn't in the Pac-12. Wasn't even in the FBS, but Idaho beat Eastern Washington, which is just amazing. And a lot of my relatives are happy about that.
The AP Poll has come out and all the Pac-12 teams moved. Utah went from #10 to #19. Oregon, who beat Stanford, moved up three places to #13, making them the highest ranked Pac-12 team. California is now at #15 up from 23. Washington is at 17, up 5 places, and USC is back in the top 25 at #21. The Pac-12 has 5 teams in the top 25, which is pretty good. The SEC beats us at 6.
Washington State dropped off the poll after their loss to UCLA. And Arizona State dropped off after losing to Colorado.
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