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What a distinction a yr makes in Seattle.

A yr in the past presently, Washington was 1-2 with losses to FCS Montana and Michigan during which the Huskies scored 17 mixed factors. On Saturday, the Huskies scored 39 points in a dominant win in opposition to a Michigan State crew that was ranked No. 11 within the AP ballot. And the sport wasn’t practically as shut because the 39-28 ultimate rating. Washington had 503 complete yards and averaged 9.9 yards per cross. With the win to maneuver to 3-0, the Huskies have moved into the highest 25 on this week’s version of The Athletic 131.

Washington’s fall off a cliff beneath former head coach Jimmy Lake en path to a 4-8 file final season was gorgeous as a result of it occurred so shortly. This was a program that gained 32 video games from 2016 to 2018 beneath Chris Petersen. Recruiting had gone comparatively properly, and it’s one of many best-resourced applications within the West. But the offense had turn out to be anemic.

Enter Kalen DeBoer and Michael Penix Jr. DeBoer has gained mainly all over the place he’s been. He’s 82-9 as a head coach, together with a 67-3 stretch at NAIA Sioux Falls from 2005 to 2009. He helped flip round Indiana and Fresno State because the offensive coordinator, then went again to Fresno State and produced a 9-3 file in his second season as head coach.

Penix was electrical as Indiana’s quarterback when wholesome, however he handled a number of accidents. He’s reunited with DeBoer in Seattle, and Washington soccer is enjoyable once more. Through three video games, he’s finishing 66 % of his passes for 359.7 yards per recreation with 10 touchdowns and one interception.

Everyone wrote off the Pac-12 after Week 1, however we might must reevaluate that. Washington is the most important cause why.

Here is the newest version of The Athletic 131.

The solely change on this group is USC’s transfer as much as No. 8 after a 45-17 win against Fresno State. The Trojans appear like the best-case state of affairs beneath Lincoln Riley proper now. The offense is electrical. The protection has proven holes (81st in yards per play), nevertheless it’s fourth within the nation with 10 takeaways. The journey to Oregon State this week can be an attention-grabbing take a look at.

Michigan is a dominant 3-0 however has played three of the worst teams in the country. A house recreation in opposition to Maryland this week would be the first time we will truly start to guage the Wolverines.

The polls have come round to put Georgia at No. 1, and its Week 1 win in opposition to Oregon appears even higher now after the Ducks’ dominant win in opposition to BYU.

11-25

Rank Team Record Prev

11

3-0

13

12

3-0

25

13

2-1

21

14

3-0

20

15

2-1

15

16

2-1

16

17

2-1

18

18

2-1

11

19

2-1

19

20

3-0

49

21

3-0

22

22

2-1

26

23

2-1

24

24

3-0

27

25

3-0

29

Penn State’s 41-12 win at Auburn has shortly modified the view on what is feasible for this crew. Auburn is probably not a very good crew, however the Nittany Lions had been capable of run for 245 yards in opposition to a very good entrance. The aforementioned 41-20 Oregon win at BYU out of the blue makes the Pac-12 look significantly better now to go along with USC, Washington and Utah, which beat San Diego State 35-7.

Texas, Wake Forest and Ole Miss additionally transfer into the highest 25. The Longhorns averted an Alabama hangover and pulled away from UTSA within the second half, Wake Forest held off Liberty and Ole Miss pounded Georgia Tech 42-0.

The polls have Utah forward of Florida and Baylor forward of BYU, and the coaches ballot has Michigan State forward of Washington. Why? I do not know. In these rankings, when two groups are shut, the head-to-head winner will get the benefit, particularly three weeks into the season.

I noticed lots of feedback about Minnesota’s rating final week. It’s barely moved within the rankings as a result of it’s performed two of the worst groups within the nation and an FCS crew. It’s the identical reasoning with Michigan and with Ole Miss. It’s not a unfavourable and never a constructive. Sometimes you get jumped if another person has a extra spectacular win. Minnesota was No. 39 in my preseason rating and nonetheless sits there now. Beat Michigan State, and it’ll most probably be within the prime 25.

North Carolina’s win in opposition to Appalachian State continues to look higher, and the Mountaineers’ Hail Mary win in opposition to Troy coupled with Texas A&M’s win in opposition to Miami was a lift as properly. Maryland’s 34-27 win in opposition to SMU was a strong efficiency.

Kansas and Syracuse! KU is within the prime 35 after a 3-0 begin with highway wins in opposition to West Virginia and Houston. Syracuse is 3-0 with wins in opposition to Louisville and Purdue. It’s not arduous to see a 5-0 Orange begin going into the NC State recreation. Tulane makes the most important soar this week, from No. 110 into the highest 50 after a win in opposition to Kansas State to maneuver to 3-0. Notre Dame’s close escape from Cal coupled with Marshall’s loss to Bowling Green drops each groups. Arizona’s 31-28 win in opposition to North Dakota State was spectacular as an underdog, and the Wildcats are formally a reasonably good crew.

Several groups slipped into this group with losses — Purdue, Texas Tech, Houston, UTSA and Auburn — however there’s not a lot motion in any other case. Indiana barely escaped Western Kentucky and Rutgers barely escaped Temple, however each are 3-0. Wyoming’s 17-14 win in opposition to Air Force moved the Cowboys to 3-1, with the loss to Illinois.

Vanderbilt’s comeback win at Northern Illinois to maneuver to 3-1 is an actual signal of progress for this system. Rice’s 33-21 win in opposition to Louisiana was probably the most stunning outcomes of the weekend. Eastern Michigan gained at Arizona State, changing into the primary MAC faculty to win a regular-season recreation in opposition to the Pac-12. Northwestern has adopted up its Ireland win in opposition to Nebraska with losses to Duke and FCS Southern Illinois at dwelling.

South Alabama let a win at UCLA slip away with a discipline aim as time expired, and Troy let App State win on a Hail Mary. Tough losses. San Diego State is now 1-2 with two blowout losses to Pac-12 groups. Very shortly, this doesn’t appear like the Aztecs of outdated.

(Top picture of Michael Penix and Kalen DeBoer: Joe Nicholson / USA Today)



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