Has Washington proven it’s capable of another College Football Playoff run?

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The 2016 Washington Huskies had a season for the ages, going 12-1 en route to a Pac-12 title and a spot in the College Football Playoff. While the Huskies ultimately fell to Alabama 24-7 in the semifinal, the program had established itself as the new power in the Pac-12.

With Jake Browning and company back, the Huskies are off to a 6-0 start and have yet to be really tested this season. However, there are pundits around the country that believe this team could be better prepared for a run to the national championship than last year’s squad.

Bleacher Report’s Michael Felder believes the Huskies are not only poised for the playoff run, but that Washington has built upon its success from last year and could be even better this season.

Washington is clearly the cream of the crop in the Pac-12 right now and should be 7-0 heading into their bye week, assuming they take care of Arizona State on Saturday (7:45 p.m. PT on ESPN).

The country will find out if the Huskies are for real or not following the bye week. Washington will have to play 5 games in 5 weeks against UCLA, Oregon, Stanford, Utah and Washington State. While that schedule is difficult, 4 of those 5 games will be in Seattle. The Huskies will only have to travel to Stanford, which could be their most difficult test of the season.

If the Huskies are able to start 11-0, it could set up the most important Apple Cup in the history of the rivalry. Washington State is currently ranked No. 8 in the AP Poll and has a relatively easy schedule from here on out.

It remains to be seen just how good this Huskies team is. We’ll soon find out.

The post Has Washington proven it’s capable of another College Football Playoff run? appeared first on Diehards.

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