You know that feeling you have when you pull an old pair of jeans out of the closet, slide ‘em on - they always fit all the right places in just the right way - and then discover that you left a folded $20 bill in your front right pocket?
I love that feeling. It’s the same feeling I had this morning.
It’s not that I am not conscious of our beloved Huskies being a top 5 team. Trust me, I’m aware of the fact. It is just that I’m not used to it.
When I wake up on a college football Saturday morning, my routine is a little coffee, breakfast for the kids, a long break in the throne room, and if I’m up to it (spoiler alert: usually not) a jog around Pleasant Lake. Nowhere in that routine have I cultivated a reflex for looking at the gameday lineup and trying to figure out what combination of wins and losses by other teams from around the nation most benefit UW.
Can you believe it? How other teams from around the nation perform on any given Saturday now matters to Husky fans.
Why don’t you just slap me in the face and call me “Puddles”?
As strange as that sounded, that’s the sensation that I experienced this morning.
The Huskies are a top 5 team in the nation and are a legitimate candidate for the College Football Playoffs. With a signature win over a top 10 team now on their resume, the Huskies have a key ingredient required to bolster their argument.
So what else do we need to see happen this weekend to further advance their candidacy? It can get complicated. Fear not, I have your full Washington Huskies Week 6 Rooting Guide right here.
UWDP Rooting Guide - Week 6
#4 Michigan at Rutgers
A win by Rutgers over Michigan helps in two ways. First, a team in the rankings ahead of UW goes down. Second, UW’s strength of schedule would improve greatly. There is probably no chance of this even being close, so rooting for Rutgers to keep this a game going into the fourth quarter is probably the best we can hope for. Kind of like how many of the married ladies in Eugene rationalized their spousal choices.
WSU at #15 Stanford
We want Stanford to win here. True, WSU remains on our schedule. However, our signature win needs to look as potent and convincing as possible if later in the season UW is neck-and-neck for that fourth playoff spot. Stanford winning big in a physical beatdown would be ideal.
#21 Colorado at USC
Feel free to root for either team here. Given that USC is still on the schedule, you could argue that a win over a ranked Colorado team would be good. On the other hand, Colorado is currently first in the South and positioned to make a run at the PAC-12 championship game. The better record they have, the better an opponent they become for UW should both teams make it that far.
#9 Tennessee at #8 Texas A&M
This is the ESPN Gameday game this weekend. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security because both teams are behind UW in the current rankings. Either or both of these teams could be playoff contenders and a problem for UW. You are going to want to see TAMU win today. Both teams have Alabama left on their schedule. The difference between them is that Tennessee has the easier of the two remaining schedules and has already notched a couple of top 25 wins. With a win over TAMU, Tennessee could lose later in the season to Alabama and still have a viable argument for a playoff spot in an SEC-biased world.
Root for TAMU here and then hope they drop future games to ‘Bama and Ole Miss.
Arizona at #18 Utah
We want Utah here. Obviously.
#1 Alabama at #16 Arkansas
This one is also probably pretty clear. The path for the SEC to get two teams into the playoffs almost certainly involves the Crimson Tide being undefeated going into the SEC title game and a second team (Tennessee?) having their only loss be to the Tide. That scenario crumbles if Hog Suey pounds the Tide. A close game won’t cut it. The Tide need to fall.
Full College Football TV Schedule
Enjoy football today, my friends.
|Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016|
|Matchup||Time (ET)||TV / Streaming|
|Cincinnati at UConn||11:30 a.m.||CBSSN / CBSSports.com|
|LSU at (18) Florida||Noon||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|(20) Oklahoma vs. Texas (from Dallas, TX)||Noon||FS1 / FS Go|
|Auburn at Mississippi State||Noon||SECN / WatchESPN|
|East Carolina at USF||Noon||ESPNews / WatchESPN|
|Iowa at Minnesota||Noon||ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|Maryland at Penn State||Noon||BTN / BTN2Go|
|Notre Dame at NC State||Noon||ABC / WatchESPN|
|Southern Miss at UTSA||Noon||ASN/MASN|
|TCU at Kansas||Noon||ESPNU / WatchESPN|
|Georgia Tech at Pittsburgh||12:30 p.m.||ACCN / WatchESPN|
|Bowling Green at Ohio||2:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|(6) Houston at Navy||3:00 p.m.||CBSSN / CBSSports.com|
|Miami (OH) at Akron||3:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Toledo at Eastern Michigan||3:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|(9) Tennessee at (8) Texas A&M||3:30 p.m.||CBS / CBSSports.com|
|(25) Virginia Tech at (17) North Carolina||3:30 p.m.||ABC/ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|Indiana at (2) Ohio State||3:30 p.m.||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|Air Force at Wyoming||3:30 p.m.||ROOT SPORTS / MWN|
|Army at Duke||3:30 p.m.||RSN / WatchESPN|
|Ball State at Central Michigan||3:30 p.m.||ASN / ESPN3|
|BYU at Michigan State||3:30 p.m.||ABC/ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|Charlotte at Florida Atlantic||3:30 p.m.||CUSA.TV|
|Iowa State at Oklahoma State||3:30 p.m.||ESPNU / WatchESPN|
|Kent State at Buffalo||3:30 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Purdue at Illinois||3:30 p.m.||BTN / BTN2Go|
|Texas State at Georgia State||3:30 p.m.||ESPN3|
|(21) Colorado at USC||4:00 p.m.||Pac-12N / Pac-12.com|
|Vanderbilt at Kentucky||4:00 p.m.||SECN / WatchESPN|
|Hawaii at San Jose State||4:30 p.m.||Oceanic PPV|
|NIU at Western Michigan||6:30 p.m.||CBSSN / CBSSports.com|
|(1) Alabama at (16) Arkansas||7:00 p.m.||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|(4) Michigan at Rutgers||7:00 p.m.||ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|Fresno State at Nevada||7:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Idaho at ULM||7:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Marshall at North Texas||7:00 p.m.||ASN/MASN|
|Syracuse at Wake Forest||7:00 p.m.||RSN / WatchESPN|
|Texas Tech at Kansas State||7:00 p.m.||ESPNU / WatchESPN|
|(5) Washington at Oregon||7:30 p.m.||FOX / FS Go|
|Georgia at South Carolina||7:30 p.m.||SECN / WatchESPN|
|(23) Florida State at (10) Miami (FL)||8:00 p.m.||ABC / WatchESPN|
|FIU at UTEP||8:00 p.m.||CUSA.TV|
|California at Oregon State||9:00 p.m.||Pac-12N / Pac-12.com|
|Arizona at (24) Utah||10:00 p.m.||FS1 / FS Go|
|Utah State at Colorado State||10:00 p.m.||CBSSN / CBSSports.com|
|Washington State at (15) Stanford||10:30 p.m.||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|UCLA at Arizona State||10:30 p.m.||ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|UNLV at San Diego State||10:30 p.m.||ESPNU / WatchESPN|