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- Adam Jude details Washington’s ascension to becoming the No. 1 defense in America. The Husky defense now leads the country in yards per play (3.71), yards per pass attempt (5.0) and receiving touchdowns (5). Among Pac-12 teams, the Huskies pace the conference in points per game (11.1; No. 2 Stanford: 21.3), touchdowns (11; No. 2 Utah: 23), rushing touchdowns (3; No. 2 Utah: 10) and yards per game (240.9; No. 2 Washington State: 297.5). Factor in that Washington is currently starting two cornerbacks who last year were third-stringers, and those totals become all the more remarkable. Suffice to say that the Death Row defense continues to show that its nickname is well warranted.
- Washington’s win over the Oregon Ducks Saturday, combined with all manner of craziness across the college football landscape, vaulted the Huskies back into the top 10 of the AP poll.
- Chris Fetters of Dawgman.com says that Washington will need at least a third consecutive victory over the Ducks in 2018 before the rivalry’s momentum can truly be said to have shifted in favor of the Huskies. ($)
- The Seattle Times offers an early first look at the Stanford Cardinal, whom Washington will play Friday night in Palo Alto.
- Ryan Clark sketches out Washington’s path back to the College Football Playoff: Win out, and hope for some November chaos among the tournament’s other contending participants.
- Washington, USC and Washington State comprise the first, second and third teams in Kyle Bonagura’s latest power rankings.
- Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples includes Washington in his “could need help, but might not” tier of college football teams contending for a spot in the playoff, alongside teams like Clemson, Oklahoma and TCU.
- SI also projects Washington to a New Years Six destination — specifically the Cotton Bowl, to play TCU.
- Washington climbs three spots to No. 7 in Paul Myerberg’s latest college football re-rank, while Oregon tumbles 12 spots to No. 54.