After a smashing end to the 2010 season with a dominating win over Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl, the Huskies have plenty of momentum heading into the 2011 season.
Despite losing quarterback Jake Locker and linebacker Mason Foster, the Huskies believe they have the athletes to fill the holes.
Washington Huskies offensive preview
Washington Huskies defensive preview
Head Coach Steve Sarkisian has quickly brought a swagger back to Husky football since he took over in 2009. Sarkisian just signed a top-25 recruiting class that he boasts is faster and longer than his first two classes at Washington.
But the Dawgs face another daunting schedule in 2011. Washington kicks off the season by hosting Eastern Washington, the 2010 FCS Champs and top-ranked team FCS on September third. And just two weeks later, Washington travels to Nebraska for their third game in twelve months with the Cornhuskers. Couple that with nine Pac-12 games including trips to Utah, Stanford, and USC, and some pundits wonder weather the Dawgs will reach six wins and earn an invitation to another Bowl Game.
In winning their four final games in 2010, the Huskies displayed a great rushing attack and solid play by the defensive unit. But the Huskies pass defense took advantage of teams that lacked a solid quarterback. Washington will have to show that it can slow down teams with accurate quarterbacks and good rushing attacks before people can realistically talk about a Pac-12 title.