Posted November 12, 2012 on AP on Fox
Getting back to a bowl game for the third straight season looked tenuous when Washington was sliding through a three-game losing streak a month ago. Now that Washington has corrected its problems, reinvigorated a lackluster offense and won three straight games to get the all-important six victories, the Huskies know they have a postseason invitation somewhere. The question now is where will the Huskies be going? Their destination will be largely determined by what Washington (6-4, 4-3 Pac-12) does the final two weeks against lowly Colorado and rival Washington State, who have a combined three victories. Two wins would give Washington its first 8-win season since going 8-4 in 2001. Even with a bowl berth wrapped up, coach Steve Sarkisian is trying to avoid the postseason talk for now, trying to continue building on the last three weeks. ''We really can't control it. It's somewhat out of our hands. What we can control is how we play Saturday and the way we prepare for this Saturday,'' Sarkisian said on Monday. ''Sometimes you can get caught looking at the what it's and the what might be and miss what is right in front of you and that's the obvious, and the obvious is we need to go to Colorado and take what we have done the last few weeks as a football team of getting better and continue to build on that.'' Some projections have Washington headed for Las Vegas and a matchup against Boise State. While that would be appealing to fans in the Pacific Northwest, it would also seem to dampen some of the luster off the Huskies 2013 season opener against Boise State in the first game back inside renovated Husky Stadium. Sarkisian said Monday he hasn't given it enough thought as to whether he would like an opponent next season as Washington's bowl matchup. It wouldn't be a first as Washington played Nebraska three times in one year: the 2010 regular season, the 2010 Holiday Bowl and the 2011 regular season. ''You're going to have to ask me that one in a couple of weeks,'' Sarkisian said. ''I haven't put enough thought in it to answer it of a true feeling of how I feel about it honestly.'' Washington is coming off its best performance of the season in an impressive 34-15 win over Utah on Saturday night that closed out the Huskies home schedule. Playing at CenturyLink Field this season while Husky Stadium is being renovated, Washington concluded with another impressive defensive effort and the rediscovery of its offense that had struggled through the first nine games. The Huskies became the last team from a BCS conference to score more than 21 points against an FBS opponent. Not surprisingly, the Huskies sudden offensive outburst came because quarterback Keith Price finally looked like the star he was during his sophomore season. Price threw for a season-high 277 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for another score. It was a dramatic turn from a month earlier when Price was nearly in tears after his fourth quarter mistakes helped USC pull out a 24-14 win over the Huskies in Seattle. ''I just think from a mental standpoint he is healthy. He's back to Keith Price as I know him which is fun to be around,'' Sarkisian said. ''And he's in the game, he's picking up the defense, he's right there on the sidelines, being a part of the game, an integral part of the game, and not just when he's at quarterback but when we are on defense and special teams, he is exuding a tremendous amount of confidence and leadership and in the end I think our team feeds off of him.'' Helping Price is the continued emergence of Bishop Sankey, who became just the 10th different running back to top 1,000 yards in Washington's history with 156 yards vs. Utah. Sankey, who began fall camp No. 3 on the depth chart, ranks 27th in the country with 1,011 yards through 10 games and his 13 touchdowns rushing are tied for 13th. How healthy the Huskies are for the last two games will be in question. Their depth on the defensive line was thinned to the point that tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins had a few plays at defensive end versus Utah. Sarkisian said defensive end Pio Vatuvei is likely out for the season and linebacker Princeton Fuimanono may not play the final two weeks. He is hopeful of cornerback Desmond Trufant being able to play against Colorado despite a nagging hamstring injury.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

University of Washington Huskies win solidly 34-15 over Utes

Huskies Love ‘em Hate ‘em Style So much to like about this game. Just a great all-around performance by the Washington Huskies. This team is starting to look real good. Love ‘Em The O Bishop Sankey passed 1,000 yards on the season. Kasen Williams had seven catches, 73 yards, and a touchdown. Austin Seferian-Jenkins broke the all-time UW receptions record for tight ends. And...

Colorado Daily – Washington

  Colorado Daily – Washington November 12th Colorado opens as a three-touchdown underdog against Washington The Buffs, fresh off of beating the spread against Arizona (CU was a 28-point underdogs, and only lost by 25!), have a new challenge this weekend. Colorado is listed as a 20-point underdog to Washington. Pro – Washington, before scoring 34 against Utah last Saturday...

Washington-Colorado Preview

Getting back to a bowl game for the third straight season looked tenuous when Washington was sliding through a three-game losing streak a month ago. Now that Washington has corrected its problems, reinvigorated a lackluster offense and won three straight games to get the all-important six victories, the Huskies know they have a postseason invitation somewhere. The question now...

Dawg Blog - Colorado

The Washington Huskies (6-4) go back on the road to finish out the 2012 season, and they travel to Boulder, Colo. to face a beleaguered Buffaloes team giving up over 50 points a game their last seven games. The Dawgs are banged up on defense, but the offense is starting to find their stride again under the guidance of Keith Price. It's an early start, 10:30 am PT, with the TV broadcast on FX.

Huskies Turn It On In Second Half To Beat Loyola (MD) 85-63

Editor's Note: We are pleased to have Riley Peschon of "Welcome to Romarville" back for Huskies basketball coverage again this season. Be sure to check out his site as well for tons of UW content: welcometoromarville.blogspot.comInitial (Over)ReactionsThe first half of this basketball game was god-awful. I only watched the first half of this basketball game. Sigh. This...

Beach's Bits - Loyola

SEATTLE - After a unconvincing first 20 minutes, The Washington Huskies kicked into high gear, dispatching a dangerous Loyola-Maryland team 85-63 Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena. The Huskies knew coming into the game that their 2012 debut wasn't going to be a cakewalk.

Huskies Impressive In Opener

SEATTLE - C.J. Wilcox led all scorers with 22 points and Aziz N'Diaye bagged his sixth career double-double as the Washington Huskies opened up their 2012-13 men's basketball season in style with an impressive 85-63 win over Loyola-Maryland in front of an announced crowd of 7,381 at Alaska Airlines Arena. The game was part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.

Quotes/Video - Loyola (MD)

SEATTLE - Here are quotes and video of the Washington Huskies coaches and players post-game as they react to their 85-63 win over Loyola-Maryland at Alaska Airlines Arena. The season opener was part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.

Photo Gallery - Albany

SEATTLE - Dawgman.com's Kim Grinolds was at Alaska Airlines Arena Tuesday as the Washington Huskies lost to the Albany Great Danes 63-62 in front of 7041 fans and produced a photo gallery of the game. The loss put the Huskies at 1-1 for the season.

Photo Gallery - Loyola (MD)

SEATTLE - Dawgman.com's Kim Grinolds was at Alaska Airlines Arena Sunday night to watch the Washington Huskies defeat the Loyola-Maryland Greyhounds 85-63, and he produced this gallery of photos from the game. The game was part of the Tip-Off Hall of Fame Tournament.

Washington 34, Utah 15

Keith Price and Washington's offense finally broke out, with the quarterback throwing for two touchdowns and running for another, and Washington become bowl eligible for the third straight season with a 34-15 win over Utah on Saturday night. Washington (6-4, 4-3 Pac-12) became the last BCS conference team to top 21 points against an FBS opponent when Bishop Sankey scored on...

Week 11 game balls: Utah Utes vs. Washington

Nice W…Finally The Washington Huskies were looking to extend their winning streak on Saturday and steamroll towards the end of the season with a big win against Utah. They did exactly that, making themselves bowl eligible and cracking the BCS Top 25 for the second time this season. The question is…can they stay there this time? With the two remaining games on the schedule, the...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.