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PAC-12 Football: Washington Huskies an Underrated Threat?

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The Washington Huskies have been one of the teams on the rise in the PAC-12 for the last few years. This season, they started with a bang with a surprising blowout victory over the No. 19 ranked Boise State Broncos. At 3 – 0, they went up against another team on the rise in the PAC-12, the also 3 – 0 Arizona Wildcats.

Everyone knows that the Stanford Cardinal and Oregon Ducks are the best teams in the PAC-12, but who is the third best team?  Washington won against the Wildcats and proved themselves as one of the upper teams in the PAC-12. They are no longer a mid-level PAC-12 team but a threat, mostly because of their running game.

Bishop Sankey is one of the best running backs in the PAC-12 and put up 161 yards on the Arizona defense. Sankey has put up over 150 yards in three of the four games, and the only one he didn’t was a 56–0 blowout of Idaho State that he ran for 77 yards on four carries. He’s the go to guy for the Huskies and the player that has to have success against big teams if Washington wants to shake up the PAC-12.

The Huskies are 4–0, but their next two opponents are Oregon and Stanford. A win against one of these two potential BCS National Championship bound teams could mean a BCS Bowl or PAC-12 championship game appearance for Washington.

Even if they lose these two matchups, they have to keep confident because they are a team on the rise that will only get better in the years to come.

Taylor Sturm is an SEC Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS or add him to your network on Google