There isn't much left to rehash with the Stanford game from Saturday night. You can link to our coverage below. All that is left to discuss is the fallout of the hard-fought loss as it relates to the weekly polls. Fortunately for the Huskies, their game was viewed by a sizable national audience, including dozens of pollsters, and the final score seemed to be put in the correct context if the Week 7 poll results are to be believed. The Huskies dropped just one spot in the AP to #16 and one spot in the USA Today Coaches Poll to #18.
The lack of much impact in the polls as a result of the loss is due in no short part to the substantial effort mustered by the Huskies in defeat. The Huskies offense thoroughly outshined that of their hosts as the Huskies racked up 489 yards to Stanford's 279 against the vaunted Cardinal front seven. In addition, the Huskies own defense shined against dark-horse Heisman Candidate, Kevin Hogan, who was held to just 12-20 passing for 100 yards. The Huskies held Stanford to just 4-14 on third down conversions and stopped the Cardinal's lone fourth-down attempt on one of the more athletic plays you'll ever see a linebacker (Travis Feeny) make in open space.
The Huskies are one of just four Pac 12 teams left in the polls as Arizona State again fell out following a heart-breaking loss to Notre Dame on a neutral field. UCLA, Stanford and Oregon are the other Pac 12 teams ahead of UW (although, is there anybody out there that thinks UCLA should be higher ranked than UW?). The Huskies matchup against the second top five opponent in as many weeks when they host the Oregon Ducks.
AP Poll - Week 7
|Others Receiving Votes: Auburn 61, Notre Dame 50, Nebraska 35, Wisconsin 29, Michigan State 16, UCF 7, Arizona State 3, Mississippi 3, Rutgers 2|
USA Today Coaches Poll - Week 7