To any veterans that happen to read this, I’d like to say thank you for your service. Though, I’m sure the 34-15 win over Utah last night was probably a better Veterans Day thanks than anything I’m able to write here. Last night’s game wasn’t just another win, it also represented the vanquishing of the toughest challenge remaining in the season. Now Washington can carry a 6-4 record into next week’s game at Colorado, which should be a very, very easy win. After that, it’s the Apple Cup in Pullman. I hesitate to label that one an easy win, just because the added rivalry motivation seems to keep the Apple Cup interesting each year, no matter how the teams are doing. Still, the Cougars have been terrible this year, so 8-4 seems like the most likely regular season record for Washington. That means a mid level bowl game and the possibility of a 9-4 record. That certainly represents progress, and finishing with six straight wins (yes, we’ve entered the realm of the highly hypothetical) would definitely give a sense of momentum headed into 2013.
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Basketball started yesterday in the Pac-12, and Washington plays today against Loyola University Maryland. For anyone wondering about basketball coverage, I will be posting a preview and prediction for the game later today, around noon, while holding off on the full Washington team preview until later in the week. It is, after all, almost two months until the conference games start. John Chase and I will also continue to post team previews for the other 11 teams in the conference, and they should be all done in a week or two. In the meantime, here is a recap of yesterday’s games from Percy Allen, as well as a Pac-12 Roundtable.
Instant reactions on the win over Utah from the Dawg Pound.