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Washington has gone 7-6 three straight seasons under head coach Steve Sarkisian; what's it going to take to get this team over the hump? The Huskies had a great chance to top seven wins last year, but lost two tough games at the end of the season. Turn those around and they go 9-4. This year Washington returns more starters than any other team in the Pac-12; might this finally be that breakout season the Huskies have been building toward?
U-Dub had 14 starters back last year from a team that went 7-6 in 2011, and with QB Keith Price coming off a fine sophomore season, hopes were high. The Huskies then started 3-1, which included a come-from-behind upset of eventual conference champion Stanford. Washington then lost three games in a row to Oregon, USC, and Arizona, as the defense twice gave up 52 points. The schedule then eased up a bit, and the Huskies won four straight. But with a chance to get past that seven-win mark UW then blew an 18-point lead and lost to Washington State in the Apple Cup, then lost by two points to Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl.
So the Huskies finished, once again, at 7-6 overall, 5-4 in conference play. But they also went 8-5 ATS, 4-0 ATS as home dogs. This year the Huskies get back 18 starters, most in the Pac-12. Ten starters are back on offense, led by QB Price, now in his third season as the starter, 1,400-yard rusher Bishop Sankey, last year's top two receivers, and four along the offensive line. And eight starters are back on defense, including six of the front seven.
Washington opens this season with a couple of decent challenges, a home game with Boise State and a road game at Illinois. The Huskies then have five conference home games (back in a renovated Husky Stadium) against Arizona, Oregon, Cal, Colorado, and Washington State, and four conference road games at Stanford, Arizona State, UCLA, and Oregon State. And they miss USC. U-Dub should be favored in four of its Pac-12 home games, but might be dogged in all four of its conference road bouts.
Pac-12 Championship Odds at 5Dimes as of August 11
Oregon State +1050
Arizona State +1100
Washington State +6000