Washington football: Are the Huskies ready to make the leap in 2013?

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The Huskies had the best Pac-12 win of the weekend. Is this the year Washington turns the corner? We ask our Pac-12 roundtable!

Anthony Cassino, UW Dawg Pound: Based on that one game, yes. It's hard to know exactly how good Boise State is this year though, so I don't think we really find out how good the Huskies are until they play Arizona. They sure looked pretty good in all phases in the opener.

David Piper, Addicted to Quack:
TBD. The thrashing of Boise State was certainly a good sign for Washington, and the new hurry-up offense and the defense both looked more potent than last year. But we don't really know a lot about what Boise State is this year. I want to see Washington do this a couple more times before I declare this their year. But early returns are encouraging.

Jason Bartel, AZ Desert Swarm:
If turn the corner means going 9-3, then sure. It was impressive that they were able to put up 38 on Boise in the brand new Husky Stadium which looked fantastic by the way. But their schedule hurts them for the rest of the year. At Stanford, ASU and UCLA. Oregon at home helps a little bit, but that could be a home loss they can't afford if they're looking to win the division. Let's wait to see what they do against Illinois in Chicago next Saturday.

nds500 (Noah), Addicted to Quack:
Washington's win over Boise State was huge for the program and a game that Sark HAD to win. Boise State looked terrible but Washington probably deserves some credit for that. However, their real test begins at the end of September when they begin a 3-game stretch against Stanford, Oregon, and Arizona State. If they can beat Arizona State and at least hang with Stanford and Oregon (or pull an upset), then they should have a lot of confidence going forward and be favored in all of their games, save for UCLA.

Jack Follman, Pacific Takes
: Tough to make that call right now not knowing how good or bad Boise State is, but the Huskies certainly looked like the team everyone always imagines that they could be. Based on their performance, I think this is the year that they get out of the 7-6 hole, but I don't think we'll know if they have completely turned the corner yet until we see how they do against Oregon.

Jeff Nusser, CougCenter:
I hope not. But in all seriousness, I was fairly stunned at just how superior Washington looked. Much is being made of UW's tempo and all that, but the reality was that the Huskies were just more talented across the board. I guess I just have to hope that Sarkisian figures out a way to screw it up over the next couple of months, as he typically does.

Connor Pelton, Building the Dam:
No. I do think the Huskies will reach their highest win total since 2001, but you're still looking at an 8-4 or 9-3 season. That is more like taking a slight bend around a corner, not a full turn.

Patrick Flower, Pacific Takes:
The Huskies dominated Boise St. Plain and simple. Right now the Huskies look like they have the potential to win 9 or 10 games. Note-this is Sark's first full (redshirt seniors) recruiting class to play so there is plenty of experience. WIll the Dawgs challenge Oregon or Stanford for Pac-12 North supremacy? No--they will not--but this victory tastes sweet and should give players and fans plenty of confidence heading into week two and the remainder of the season.

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