This feeling is all too familiar to Washington. A promising start. A hopeful horizon. A belief this is the year they re-join the Pac-12 elite.

And then it's gone. Poof. Scuttled by a three-game midseason losing streak that's become an unwelcome, constant visitor for nearly a decade.

Steve Sarkisian is in this place again after the Huskies were routed 53-24 at Arizona State on Saturday, a third straight loss after Washington's promising 4-0 start. The national recognition Washington received early in the season is gone. The Huskies now return home to face slumping California, but the status of quarterback Keith Price is in question. Price re-aggravated an injured thumb on his throwing hand against the Sun Devils. If he can't go, redshirt freshman Cyler Miles would get the start.

At halftime the Huskies will also pay tribute to Don James. The legendary coach passed away this week with pancreatic cancer.

Meanwhile the Cougars have a bye this weekend.