Taylor Henry: After week one the verdict is still out on the Huskies. They looked impressive against Rutgers, and their defense looked for real. Browning will make the next step this year. But for a trendy pick to potentially win the P12 North this year, isn't it expected that they would do that to a bottom of the barrel B10 team? I want to see how they stack up against the horses in the P12 before I call them for real.
Simeon Moses: Look at it this way. Did the Huskies do anything of concern on Saturday? They executed on offense, defense and special teams. If you look at the plays they did nothing to disprove the hype.
Taylor: They asked my opinion on the round table, I'm just telling my thoughts. I think Washington is going to be good this year, but guess what, CU did all those things too, and we aren't talking about them being the Pac-12 South winners. They have to prove they're gonna take the next step. I think Washington needs to do the same. Peterson is a great coach, but I want to see them playing on the national stage before I make judgement.
Ryan Larson: Let's all slow our roll a little. One game is way too small a sample size. You can't decide if a team is for real or not based on beating a team most FCS schools would beat. If you put me in a basketball game against middle schoolers I might knock down a three, that doesn't mean I'm ready to challenge Steph Curry for best shooter of all time in the NBA. Washington's non conference schedule is garbage so we're not going to know if they're for real or not until they start playing Pac-12 teams.
Taylor: That's. What. I'm. Saying.
Jose Bouquett: Too early to tell. I love Chris Petersen more than the next guy but once conference play starts we will get an actual reading if Washington is good. Beating Rutgers isn't accomplishment that makes you a contender yet.
Simeon: Ryan Larson saying most FCS schools would beat Rutgers is absolutely ridiculous. There might be three or four top tier FCS programs that would beat Rutgers. Also I'm coming from the opinion on week 0 Washington is for real. Week 1 game did nothing to disprove my original theory that Washington is a legitimate contender. Your analogies are like saying Michigan is not a contender because they beat up a weak Hawaii team. Michigan is obviously a strong team and playing a weak non conference first game takes nothing away from how good they are. I think Washington should be afforded the same respect.
Ryan: The difference between Michigan and Washington is Michigan finished as a top 5 team last season while Washington finished 7-6. Washington has not actually proved they're for real Michigan has loads of talent and wins to back it up. Washington has loads of talent and one win to back it up
Also Rutgers is total trash I stand by my statement about them.
Travis King: UW had one of the better weekends in the Pac-12 12, playing another power 5 opponent and beating them soundly. We saw how well Jake Browning can throw the ball downfield and the consistency he brings averaging 10 yards per attempt. The defense also impressed creating 3 turnovers and forcing 8 punts. Does the success against Rutgers mean they are for real? To a degree - yes. The Huskies are definitely in the mix to contend with Washington St. and Oregon for 2nd place, but this win does not show us they are contenders with Stanford for 1st in the Pac-12 North.
Taylor: Are we comparing Michigan to Washington in respect? Michigan has earned respect, top 15 program in wins. Washington hasn't. They need to prove it.
Gabey Lucas: Ladies please.
Eli Boetteger: Although Rutgers is about as bad as P-5 teams get this season, one thing that many aren't mentioning is how effective the Husky offense was without much production from Gaskin. He's expected to be the workhorse - which he will be - but UW fans should be pleased to know that the offense is still able to put points up on the board when the running game is sputtering