State of Husky Nation: Nine Games Left

Kevin CacabelosSenior Analyst ISeptember 20, 2008


With no wins and the constant call for Tyrone Willingham’s firing, Husky nation is at an all-time low. Having an 0-3 record is tough. However, try to look at it through the optimists’ lenses. Think about it. The Huskies just went through the toughest three game stretch of any college football team, in the nation. 

The first game was at  No. 17 Oregon.  The result: 44-10. Blowout. The second game was against No. 14 BYU at UW. The result: 28-27. I don’t even want to talk about the celebration penalty. Last weeks’ game, the third game was against No. 2 Oklahoma. The result: 55-14. Blowout.

The Huskies have a total of nine games left. What’s the goal? Becoming bowl eligible. This means the Huskies have to win six of the next nine games. An even better goal is to be guaranteed a bowl spot. For this to happen the Huskies would need to win seven of their next nine games. Can they do it?

Here’s the rest of the schedule:
9/27- Stanford
10/4- @ Arizona
10/18- Oregon State
10/25- Notre Dame
11/1- @ USC
11/8- Arizona State
11/15- UCLA
11/22- @ Washington State
12/6- @ California

There are two guaranteed wins left on this schedule, vs. UCLA, and at WSU. I’m confident that the Huskies can win both of those games handily. UCLA doesn’t look as strong after getting embarrassed by BYU, plus the game will be played at Husky stadium. And the Cougars are terrible, even though the Huskies are also 0 and 3; the Cougars have been beat by an averaged margin of 38. That leaves seven games. You can mark off an automatic loss against No. 1 USC.

That leaves six games up for grabs, four at home, two on the road.  I believe Stanford, Oregon State, Notre Dame, and ASU are all winnable, but realistically, they’ll probably only win against Stanford and Oregon State. Crushing their bowl hopes. Along with that they have road games at Arizona and California. I think they could sneak a win past Arizona, but not at California. That leaves the Huskies with a 5-7 record. Not bowl eligible.

The goal is clear, Tyrone Willingham. Get your team to play above expectations, and win at least three out of four at home, and try to grab two wins on the road. If you can do that, you’re along your way to a contract extension. It’s time to turn around Husky Football. Just do it.

Can the Huskies do it? Can they make it to a bowl this year?