With the Oregon State game safely in the win column, the Washington Huskies can safely turn their attention to the No. 8 Washington State Cougars, who are enjoying their highest ranking in the College Football Playoff era and will play the Dawgs for the right to represent the Pac-12 North in the conference championship game in this week’s Apple Cup. Adam Jude writes that this year’s scenario — in which a win could propel the Cougars into serious Playoff berth discussion — is eerily similar to the one Washington faced in 2016.
Matt Calkins cautions Huskies fans not to be lulled into a false sense of security based on the blowout outcomes of the last handful of Apple Cups, saying that this year’s edition of the Cougars is a different beast with likely Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year Gardner Minshew at quarterback:
Just when you think [Minshew’s] stock can’t get higher, it spikes another 50 stories high. The guy came into the [Arizona] game with 3,852 passing yards, which was 438 more than anyone else in the country. He added 473 yards Saturday, completing 43 of his 55 passes while throwing a school-record seven touchdown passes. He might have had eight had Tay Martin been able to reel in a ball that hit his hands in the end zone, but that’s irrelevant.
In the wake of Faatui Tuitele’s commitment to the Huskies last night, Blair Angulo spoke with the prospect’s father about what drove his son to choose Washington over some of the biggest brand names in college football:
“Coach Ikaika Malloe made our family feel very, very welcome. That was one of the first visits we did, before we got out to Clemson, Ohio State, Alabama and Texas. That mark he made lasted a long time and the feeling we got there was special. It was a hard decision for him, but we felt a family fit there at Washington.”
Percy Allen shares his thoughts from UW’s victory over the Broncos last night, focusing on Jaylen Nowell’s impressive performance, Dominic Green’s first double-digit scoring output of the season and Hameir Wright’s first career start.
- Bruce Feldman says that it’s never been more apparent that USC and UCLA are headed in opposite directions.
- Chantel Jennings writes about Wazzu quarterback Gardner Minshew’s long-time infatuation with Mike Leach and the Air Raid system that has made him a household name to college football fans across the nation this season.
- Stewart Mandel names the Apple Cup as one of the three games he’s most excited to watch this weekend.
- Over at Sports Illustrated, Andy Staples mentions Jimmy Lake as a potential candidate for the vacant head coach job at Colorado.
- The women’s basketball team fell to 2–1 on the season yesterday when they came up short against Tulane by a final score of 63–51.