Washington hopes to ride Pac-12 title to playoff berth

KING 5's Chris Egan and Ryan Takeo report from California.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Washington coach Chris Petersen is happy to let others do the politicking and lobbying when it comes to the College Football Playoff.

He believes what the fourth-ranked Huskies do on the field will speak loud enough. Washington has its final chance to state its case Friday night in the Pac-12 championship game against No. 9 Colorado.

"I have confidence that the powers that be will get these things right," Petersen said. "I felt that way when I was at Boise and they usually did. We'll see how this plays out.

Things are looking good for the Huskies (11-1, No. 4 CFP) after they moved up a spot in the playoff rankings this week. One more win and they will likely make the semifinals in Petersen's third season at the helm. Washington had not reached double figures in wins for a season in the 13 years before Petersen's arrival.

But Petersen has built Washington into a power just like he did at Boise State when he led the Broncos to seven straight double-digit win seasons and two BCS bowl games.

Mike MacIntyre had a much tougher turnaround task with the Buffaloes (10-2, No. 8 CFP). Colorado was 25-61 in seven seasons before MacIntyre arrived from San Jose State.

But he methodically rebuilt the program to where it is now a surprise participant in the Pac-12 title game with an outside chance of making it to the playoff with a win over the Huskies and some help elsewhere.

Associated Press


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