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  • Re: Off Season Natty Off to Great Start

    Honestly, somewhere between #10 and #15 is a fair representation of where we are right now. We aren't in the Top 10 until proven other-wise. Now if Peterman could summon the ghosts of big OOC wins past AND catch Auburn when their stock price is low, then things could change.
  • Off Season Natty Off to Great Start

    12. Washington

    The Huskies are coming off back-to-back double-digit win seasons for the first time since 1990-91. In order to reach that level in 2017, coach Chris Petersen will have to fill a couple of key voids on both sides of the ball. The offense will have a new play-caller (Bush Hamdan) after Jonathan Smith left to be the head coach at Oregon State. Hamdan has a solid core to build around on offense with the return of quarterback Jake Browning, tackle Trey Adams and tight end Hunter Bryant. Running back Myles Gaskin has posted three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and is contemplating a jump to the NFL. Even if Gaskin returns, Salvon Ahmed should see a bigger role in the offense after rushing for 388 yards and three scores on 61 carries in 2017. The Huskies need to develop more playmakers for Browning on the outside after Dante Pettis (63 receptions) expired his eligibility after the Fiesta Bowl. A healthy Chico McClatcher and the addition of freshman Marquis Spiker will alleviate some of the concern at receiver. Washington has led the Pac-12 in scoring defense in each of Petersen’s three years in Seattle. This group must replace standout lineman Vita Vea, linebacker Keishawn Bierria and safety Ezekiel Turner. However, coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski returns plenty of talent to build around, including linebacker Ryan Bowman, cornerback Byron Murphy and safety Taylor Rapp. Don’t expect a drastic drop in production on defense. Most importantly for Washington: Stanford visits Seattle next fall.


    2017 finish: 10-3

    Postseason result: Lost to Penn State 42-35 in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl

    With Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen on the way out and Bryce Love perhaps to follow, the Huskies’ profile in the Pac-12 is on the rise. Regardless, Washington brings back a group perhaps most well suited to restore some luster to the conference after a 1-8 bowl showing. QB Jake Browning is set to return for his fourth year, in which he must adjust to a new offensive coordinator as Bush Hamdan comes from the NFL to replace Jonathan Smith, off to coach Oregon State. Running back Myles Gaskin, also pondering an NFL decision, could provide a sizable boost offensively as Browning loses top target Dante Pettis. Vita Vea, a standout up front, is gone from the defense, which returns the core of a unit that rated as the Pac-12’s best in 2017. The bowl loss won’t dampen spirits long as UW looks in position to make a second playoff run in Chris Petersen’s fifth year.

    P.S. to Boobs

  • Re: My new year's doogin resolution is to recognize UW's NCs in 1960, 1984, and 1990

    Nothing changed with me. I've always claimed 1960 and 1984.
  • Using recruiting data to predict Fiesta and CFP games...

    Usually @CokeGreaterThanPepsi has this data up on but he must be extra busy over the holidays.

    So per (FS) 247 Sports, Pedo State has signed 41 Four/Five Star kids between 2013- 17 compared to 32 for us. That's about 1.8 more per class and we know how much getting an extra 2 or so DDY 3's can dramatically change a class's overall potential. Both Pete and Franklin are great coaches, but given the small (but noticeable) talent gap, I am predicting PSU in a close one, say, 35-28.

    Meanwhile, the Georgia Bull Dwags, despite being a Tier II program, have inked like 72 Four/Five Star Kids over the past five years, so I see them knocking off OU and playing Bamma for the SEC Championship Part Deaux game in Hotlanta.
  • Wilner likes our Dwags in this one

    Washington (plus-2) vs. Penn State (Fiesta, Dec. 30): The Huskies faced a slew of elite tailbacks this season, but Saquon Barkley’s all-around skill places him on a different level. No doubt, defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski will have UW well prepared — this won’t be a shootout like the ’17 Rose Bowl. It should, however, be taut, tense and one of the best games of the postseason. Picking UW to cover is essentially picking UW to win. I’m good with that. Pick: Washington.