It’s not an easy task to compete against perennial college football powerhouses, but it is a way to build a better program.
That is what the Huskies have been doing under Head Coach Chris Petersen, now entering his second year as “Top Dog” of the college’s football program. Prior to taking over the top football job at the University of Washington, Petersen held the same position for eight years at Boise State University.
Boise State is now a college football upper echelon program and the Huskies’ second year coach had lots to do with its rise to that position. He is trying to take Washington in the same forward-moving direction.
Under his guidance and leadership, Washington finished 2014 with a Won-Loss record of 8-6. It also earned an invitation to the Cactus Bowl where it lost to the Cowboys of Oklahoma State University.
Washington’s Huskies will play twelve games in 2015, seven of which will take place on the team’s home field. There are several key home games on the schedule, games that can make or break this football team’s season.
For instance, the California Golden Bears have a date with the home team on September 26th. The Oregon Ducks will visit Washington on October 17th while Arizona’s Wildcats have a scheduled meeting on the gridiron with the home team Huskies on October 31st.
These are all tough games, but the most challenging home contest may be the one that pits the home team against in-state rival, the Washington State Cougars. The squad that wins this traditional rivalry game virtually assures that its season will be judged to be successful.
The road to football riches is not likely to be easy. The Huskies must travel to Idaho to take on the Boise State Broncos in the season opener for both teams on September 4th.
Games against the USC Trojans, the Stanford Cardinals, the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Beavers of Oregon State all present tough tasks for the visitors from the Great Northwest.
Second year quarterback Troy Williams seems likely to face lots of uphill battles, some of which he’ll win, others he seems certain to lose.
That said, the team from Washington is definitely trending upward. That will be true even if this season’s results don’t match expectations. It is clear that coach Petersen has a plan that worked before. There is every reason to believe it will work again. Buy tickets today!