Washington’s first season with both coach Kalen DeBoer and quarterback Michael Penix Jr. was a magical ride that put the Huskies back on the national stage. Their second season comes with a straightforward goal — win the Pac-12 one last time before Washington takes up residence in the Big Ten. The 10th-ranked Huskies will begin their final season as part of the premier conference on the West Coast with a legitimate chance at a conference title. If the defense can show significant improvement from last season, the Huskies could find themselves in the College Football Playoff conversation.
Washington returns home looking to snap a two-game losing streak when it hosts Arizona. Washington is 4-0 in Seattle this season. Arizona is coming off a home loss to No. 12 Oregon and has alternated wins and losses through its first six games.
Wayne Taulapapa rushed for a career-high 120 yards and one touchdown, Washington sacked Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee eight times and forced two fumbles, and the 18th-ranked Huskies beat the Cardinal 40-22.
Washington is showing the troubles of previous seasons may be in the past after a 3-0 start to the first season with Kalen DeBoer as head coach. The latest victory over Michigan State vaulted the Huskies back into the AP Top 25 at No. 18.