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Age / DOB:  (53) / 10/13/1964

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Bleacher Report's David Kenyon believes that Washington is one of the 10 teams who have a chance to win a championship in 2018.
Washington was going to rank highly before star tailback Myles Gaskin decided to stay in school for one more year, but Gaskin's return has seen the Huskies' stock rise considerably. They also return what will be a four-year-starter in QB Jake Browning, and 9-of-12 starters on the defensive side. "If UW can navigate September and October at 8-1, a victory over Stanford to begin November would likely seal a Pac-12 North crown," Kenyon writes. "Win there, and the Dawgs may return to the CFP." Feb 19 - 2:53 PM

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San Jose Mercury News writer Jon Wilner believes that Washington should be heavy favorites to win the Pac-12 in 2018.

Wilner notes that last year's division winners -- USC and Stanford -- both were hammered with losses to the NFL Draft. Outside of Vita Vea, who is certainly a big loss both literally and figuratively, the Huskies did not have such losses, and bring back all-everything tailback Myles Gaskin. "Washington will have more balance (fewer weaknesses) than either the Trojans or Cardinal, and the leap from middle-of-the-Pac to playoff contender seems a bit steep for the likes of Oregon, Arizona, and Arizona State, despite their returning quarterbacks," Wilner writes. "At this early point, it looks like the Huskies or bust for the Pac-12’s playoff drive in 2018."
Jan 17 - 1:33 AM

In a poll conducted by Draft Analyst Daniel Jeremiah, two of five executives selected Washington HC Chris Petersen as the college coach who would make the best NFL coach.

Two other executives picked Stanford's David Shaw, while another picked Iowa State's Matt Campbell. Petersen has won 22 games the last two years at Washington, and won three Fiesta Bowls with Boise State. While it's hard to imagine that the 53-year-old coach would leave Washington at this point -- keep in mind how many interviews he turned down to leave Boise -- it's still interesting to hear his name mentioned, especially when you consider how many coaching jobs could open up in the NFL this year.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 01:03:00 PM

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott announced that teams who play Saturday road games will not play on Friday the next week at this point forward.

Three teams had to play road games on Saturday followed by road games on Friday: USC against Washington State, Washington State against Cal, and Washington against Stanford. All three teams lost. Scott also announced that there won't be any schedules like USC's going forward, where they were not given a bye week all year. These are positive steps in the right direction. Now they have to figure out how to get everyone to be able to see their network.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 10:04:00 PM

Washington has not picked up a commitment in the 2018 class since August 7.

"That's not necessarily a bad thing," explain ESPN's Gerry Hamilton and Tom VanHaaren, "as the Huskies have 13 commitments in the class and most of the bigger targets that remain are planning to wait to make their decisions." Washington's current recruiting class ranks as ESPN's No. 22 for the 2018 cycle. We'll have a better idea just how they're shaping up to finish once the snow begins to fly.
Tue, Oct 3, 2017 10:32:00 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen received a contract extension through January 31, 2024.

Petersen is expected to make $4.875 million on average through to the end of the extension, a raise off the $4 million he had previously been making. That new monetary mark will make him the highest-paid head coach in the Pac-12. During his three years at the helm of the Washington ship, Petersen's teams have gone 27-14. This past season, he led the team to a 13-0 record after felling Colorado in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Washington was then more/less shut out by Alabama in the Playoff. If they are to make another Playoff run, it might hinge on their ability to replace several key draft-bound contributors from the past season, including S Budda Baker, CB Sidney Jones, DL Elijah Qualls and WR John Ross.
Tue, Apr 11, 2017 04:51:00 PM

ESPN's Chris Low tagged Washington as having the least difficult 2017 nonconference schedule.

One of the constant refrains regarding Washington last season was that their schedule was decidedly soft. That ultimately did not prevent them from making the Playoff, but it might be a refrain that you hear again in 2017. On the nonconference slate for the coming campaign, the Huskies will square off with Rutgers (whom they annihilated last season), Montana and Fresno State. The Huskies will toughen up the nonconference slate with contests against Michigan and BYU in the future. For now, not so much.
Sun, Feb 12, 2017 02:00:00 PM

Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington were selected into the College Football Playoff.

The No. 1 Crimson Tide will face the No. 4 Huskies in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Dec. 31. On the same day, the No. 2 Tigers will take on the No. 3 Buckeyes in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. This year's spurned party is No. 5 Penn State, the Big Ten champion who beat Wisconsin 38-31 on Saturday and had a victory over Ohio State earlier this season. Michigan finished No. 6. This will be Alabama's third straight Playoff appearance, Clemson and Ohio State's second straight, and Washington's first.
Source: ESPN
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 12:54:00 PM

The new College Football Playoff rankings list Washington at No. 4 and Michigan at No. 5.

Undefeated Alabama remains No. 1. Ohio State, which stayed No. 2 after its narrow victory over Michigan on Saturday, is followed in the rankings by Clemson. The Wolverines need some help to get in. They'll be watching conference title games this weekend featuring Alabama (SEC), Clemson (ACC) and Washington (Pac-12). The Big 10 title game, meanwhile, is between Wisconsin and Penn State, listed No. 6 and 7 in the CFB Playoff rankings.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 02:28:00 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen said that he felt "pretty confident" that Washington would be among the Playoff combatants if they win Friday's Pac-12 Championship game.

Predictably, Petersen was relatively mum on the Huskies' Playoff chances, saying only that he "feel[s] pretty good" and "pretty confident" that if Washington defeats Colorado on Friday, they will be one of four to head to the big New Year's Eve dance. "We’ve got a big hurdle there," Petersen said, "and if we can get over that hurdle, yeah."
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 04:49:00 PM

Washington and head coach Chris Petersen are in talks on a 10-year contract extension, according to beat writer Adam Jude.

Jude reports the contract is expected to make Petersen the highest paid coach in the Pac-12, which makes sense due to Washington being the clear top team in the conference in 2016. If the Huskies win out they will be in the College Football Playoff. Most know Petersen more for his trickeration and risk taking ways at Boise State, and he is building something one the west coast.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 09:07:00 AM

In the latest release of the CFB Playoff rankings, Nos. 1-4 were slotted as Alabama, Clemson, Michigan and Washington.

Washington was spurned for Texas A&M in the initial Playoff rankings, but after the Aggies lost to Mississippi State on Saturday, the Huskies scooted up a spot. Ohio State is now nipping at their heels at No. 5, with CFP committee chairman Kirby Hocutt saying, "It was a small margin between No. 4 and No. 5." Elsewhere in the rankings, Louisville and Wisconsin have each moved up a slot and now sit at Nos. 6 and 7, respectively. Penn State also graduated two slots, bumping to No. 10.
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 12:26:00 PM

Washington and Auburn have agreed to play in the Chik-fil-A Kickoff game on September 1, 2018.

Boise State played in the Chik-fil-A Kickoff game back in 2011, defeating Georgia in that contest. Manning the Broncos sideline at the time was future Washington HC Chris Petersen. Said Chik-fil-A Peach Bowl president and CEO Gary Stokan, "That was great exposure for Boise State, and Chris had a good time. I reached out to him at Pac-12 media days in Los Angeles in July and said, ‘Chris, we’d love to have a Pac-12 team come play in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game.'" This 2018 contest will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, in Atlanta.
Source: SEC Country
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 01:37:00 PM

In the latest release of the Associated Press Top 25, Washington landed at No. 4.

This is just a slight move upward for the Huskies, who ranked fifth when last week's poll was released. Chris Petersen's crew earns the bump at the expense of Ohio State, with the just-deposed Buckeyes falling from No. 2 to No. 6. Louisville also received a bump from No. 7 to No. 5. Your top four now stand as Alabama (who received all but one first-place vote), Michigan (who received the other), Clemson and Washington. And one final polling note -- Penn State entered the proceedings at No. 24. This marks their first showing in the AP Top 25 since 2011.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 12:53:00 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen tried to minimize expectations for 2016 at Pac-12 Media Days.

"We have as much hype as the new Pokemon game that nobody knows nothing about," Petersen said. "That's us." Jokes about the latest app craze aside, he suggested that projections for double-digit wins, a Pac-12 title or even an underdog Playoff run might be a little sunny at this point. "I think it might be more work and harder to get over that hump than to get right [to the plateau]. We've been right there. But I think it's going to be harder to get over that. I don't think that's what a lot of people understand. I don't think people know how difficult that is." Last season, his squad finished the campaign with blowout wins over Oregon State and Washington State before closing matters with a 44-31 win over Southern Miss in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. They came away from the season sporting a 7-6 record. Athlon Sports tabbed the Huskies as the No. 11 team in the country back in May.
Sat, Jul 16, 2016 03:03:00 PM