The “Dawgs” of Washington use to be the Pac-10 standard when it came to prominent programs. When you though Pac-10 football, purple and gold was the first thing that came to mind, no doubt.
Even with a resurgence over the past few years, the Huskies still aren’t all the way back in that opening discussion, but this week could change all of that. The 2nd ranked Oregon Ducks are ready to descend on new Husky Stadium and walk away with a win, like normal, but Washington could set themselves up for a run at the Pac-12 North crown with a win this week.
More importantly though, after just a 3 point setback in Palo Alto last week, Steve Sarkisian’s troops would march straight back into the “elite” list of programs around the country. Keith Price, Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, Bishop Sankey, all would become household names.
Sark would become a coveted candidate at every school. Heck, he’s already thought to be USC’s number one guy. Could Texas follow, or another high profile program that needs a resurgence? Can Washington hope to keep him? Hey, if they win this week, will he even want to leave? Washington has been the place that coaches coach to be at, if they win Saturday that could be the case again.
A second close loss to a top five team just won’t be enough to make all this happen either, it has to be a win. UW will have an absolutely packed house ready to rock n’ roll in blackout fashion and it’s possibly their last chance in 2013 to make an impression that they haven’t made since the early 90′s.
The problem may be though, that Oregon’s got something to say about it.