Michael Penix Jr. couldn’t complete the final chapter in his storybook season. Threw for 255 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions as No. 2 Washington fell to top-ranked Michigan 34-13 in the CFP title game.
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.