Takeaways for next year
Another college football season has come and gone. An SEC team won the BCS national championship, as usual.
Oregon made their usual run at a national championship berth, but came up short, as usual.
And a mercurial Washington squad had another disappointing finish to the season with back-to-back losses in the Apple Cup and MAACO Bowl.
It was an up and down year, but the Huskies learned a lot this year.
The Pac-12 is Brutal
Washington could be a ten-win team in an easier conference. Think about that. A 7-5 record in conference play in the Pac-12 is absolutely nothing to sneeze at.
Oregon finished up the year as number two in the rankings, and in my opinion should have been the team playing Alabama in the championship.
The Pac-12 is one of the most brutal conferences to play in, and Washington’s so-so regular season record was partly a result of playing Stanford, Oregon, USC, Arizona, and Oregon State in a row in an appalling five game stretch (the fact that UW won two of those games is a huge credit).
The SEC on top, but the PAC-12 can hold its own with anyone else.
Century Link Just Isn’t Husky Stadium
But have no worries, the brand spanking new home of your Washington Huskies is coming along nicely.
This is good because attendance has apparently been dipping. Fortunately the Husky faithful will be back in the comfort of home next season. And there’s a lot of reason to come out next year.
One of the biggest things to look forward to in 2013 is Bishop Sankey. (Photo: ESPN)
Washington Will be Good
The Huskies came in this year with a brand new running back in Bishop Sankey, a pair of true sophomore receiving threats in Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Kasen Williams, and largely inexperienced and injured offensive and defensive lines.
But both lines improved as the year went on, Williams had a solid year, Sankey had a breakout season, and Seferian-Jenkins emerged as one of, if not the, best tight end in the country.
Quarterback is a question mark right now, but Washington is poised to be a much better team next year. The Huskies can make some noise.
Let’s not forget recruiting.
Steve Sarkasian and company have assembled the 19th best recruiting class in the nation according to ESPN. The current crop can be found in full here. The future is bright in Seattle.
Quarterback is a Question Mark
Keith Price was the biggest disappointment of the season. Price never recaptured the magic from his 2011 breakout season as Jake Locker’s replacement.
His poor decision making and frequent fumbles and interceptions have opened up the quarterback position for competition.
Look for Troy Williams, Cyler Miles, and Jeff Lindquist to be gunning for the starting position. We’ll keep you updated as the situation progresses.
I dare you to find another college football team in the country that plays so drastically different at home versus on the road.
At home, Washington could, and did play with anybody, upsetting highly ranked Stanford and Oregon State, among others.
On the road, the Huskies struggled, with a blowout loss at Arizona and a heinous Apple Cup loss in Pullman serving as lowlights.
Washington will need to find a way to capture the magic of CenturyLink Field and take it on the road next season.
This year could’ve gone better for the Huskies, but 2013 is looking promising already. 234 days until college football starts.
Until then, Bow Down.
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