The Day After: Is Washington No. 1 material?
Thoughts and observations from the Huskies' victory over California.
SEATTLE — Have to wonder which coach it was, don’t you?
The Washington Huskies remained No. 8 in the weekly coaches poll after their 59-32 blowout of California, but they did earn one first-place vote, joining No. 1 Georgia and No. 3 Ohio State as the only teams to appear in the top spot on at least one ballot (Georgia amassed 61 first-place votes, and the Buckeyes snagged two).
For what it’s worth, these are the Pac-12 coaches who vote in the poll: Utah’s Kyle Whittingham, Arizona’s Jedd Fisch, WSU’s Jake Dickert and, yes, UW’s own Kalen DeBoer. Tulsa coach Kevin Wilson has a vote, too.
Doesn’t mean the vote had to come from one of them, of course. There seems to be a growing movement of folks positing UW as a potential No. 1 — if not the very best team in the country, then at least among the most deserving of such a ranking at this juncture. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit put the Huskies No. 1 in his weekly top four. Yahoo!’s Ross Dellenger had UW No. 1 last week. Several other national media members wondered aloud during last night’s game whether the Huskies deserved more consideration for the top spot.