National Semifinal: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl - Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Washington Huskies
The University of Washington first fielded a football team in 1889 and has been a major player on the national level for most of its history. In addition to two claimed National Championships (1960 and 1991), the Huskies own 12 unbeaten seasons, some of the longest win-streaks in college football history and helped found the Pac-12 (and its predecessors).
Long known as one of the best producers of NFL quarterbacks, the Huskies have sent signal callers including Warren Moon (Hall of Fame class of 2006), Damon and Brock Huard, Mark Brunell, Marques Tuiasosopo and current Tennessee Titans starter Jake Locker to the pros.
The Sarkisian Era
Since taking the reigns in Seattle after a meteoric rise up the assistant coaching ladder at UW rival USC, Steve Sarkisian has built a consistent, winning program. The year prior to his arrival, the Huskies went 0-12 and in each of the last three seasons the team has won seven games including some signature wins last season over Stanford and Oregon State. While seven wins and bowl eligibility is nothing to sneeze at, the UW fan base is ready for a step up to the next level.
In addition to more than capable on-field coaching, Sarkisian and his staff have done a stellar job on the recruiting trail. With enough talent to contend with conference heavyweights Stanford and Oregon, there’s a lot to be excited about with the 2013 edition of the Washington Huskies.
At the end of the day, the 2013 Washington Huskies campaign will live and die with QB Keith Price. The senior signal caller who had the unenviable task of taking over for UW legend Jake Locker, Price had a down year in 2012 and is looking for a serious bounce back this year. With elite talent at the skill positions, Price has shown flashes of brilliance (including a 7 TD performance in the Alamo Bowl against Heisman-winner Robert Griffin III).
Right out of the gate, the Huskies will be tested with a home game against perennial BCS buster Boise State before hosting Idaho State, Arizona, the mighty Oregon Ducks, California and Colorado before the bitterly contested Apple Cup against in-state rivals, the Washington State Cougars.
Guaranteed Savings at Husky Stadium
Playing their home games at Husky Stadium, UW enjoys one of the best home-field advantages in the country. To say Husky Stadium is loud is a massive understatement. The cantilevered roofs above the stands amp up the decibel level to staggering proportions. Don’t miss guaranteed savings on UW football tickets and step into the iconic Husky Stadium to watch a team desperate to make a Rose Bowl run.