The 2000s have not been kind to the Huskies. 2000 started out well with Washington capturing its seventh Rose Bowl trophy.
What followed sent a massive fan base into hiding, and a program suffered their first winless season.
It wasn't just a single disappointing season, as Washington has gone 38-70 since that Rose Bowl victory.
Last year was an improvement in terms of wins, but the most encouraging factor was the intensity the guys played with. They were starting to regain that old swagger, which said to opponents, "win or lose you WILL respect us."
Still, even with so much of the offense returning, and two solid recruiting classes to build depth, it seems a bit premature to say the Huskies have a shot at the Pac-10 title. It is a reach on paper, but here are five reasons why these Dawgs might just surprise you on the field.