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This is fifth in a series looking at potential dream and nightmare scenarios for all Pac-10 teams, starting at the bottom and working up from my 2010 predictions.
Understand: These are NOT predictions. They are extreme scenarios and pieces of fiction.
The Huskies open up the year in Provo, Utah, where they look to avenge their contoversial 2008 loss to BYU. QB Jake Locker opens up his Heisman Campaign with 2 Touchdown passes, and the Huskies escape with a 24-20 Win.
Next up are visits from Syracuse and Nebraska. After giving up an early Touchdown to the Orange, UW rolls of 30 straight points to get a 30-7 Win. After that, the 20th Ranked Cornhuskers roll into Seattle. Both teams go back and forth, but QB Jake Locker puts the Dawgs ahead with a Touchdown late in the 4th Quarter. The Huskies hold on for the win, and Washington is off to a 3-0 start.
After a close loss to USC, the Huskies return to Seattle for games against the Sun Devils and Beavers. Washington easily rolls past ASU with a 37-13 Win, then find themselves in the Top 25 after a 26-23 victory against Oregon State.
Next up for the 23rd Rankes Huskies is a trip to Tucson. But the Wildcats are too tough for Washington, and the Dawgs suffer a heart-breaking 28-21 defeat. The Huskies bounce back the next week with a win against Stanford, setting up a huge matchup at #15 Oregon. Washington takes a 13-10 lead into the Locker Rooms, but the Ducks Offense explodes in the 2nd Half and Oregon wins it 27-20.
The Dawgs are looking to get back into the Top 25 with a win against the Bruins. Quarterback Jake Locker explodes for three touchdowns, and the Huskies win 37-17. But things don't go as smooth the next week against California. The Golden Bears demolish Washington by a score of 30-10, setting up a pivotal Apple Cup Matchup. With a win, the Huskies would go the Las Vegas Bowl. But with a loss, they would slip all the way down to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
The Huskies jump out to an early 10-0 lead on the Cougars and never look back. Washington ends up winning 33-7, and are off to Vegas.
Washington ends up defeating Utah 33-20 to finish the season 9-4.
Worst Case Scenario after the break
So much for the Rose Bowl and Heisman Trophy. After jumping out to a 10-0 lead in Provo, Jake Locker tears his ACL and is out for the season. A deflated Huskies team goes on to lose 27-13.
The Dawgs rally for a close 17-14 Win against Syracuse, but lose two more games against Nebraska and USC. Needing a win, the Huskies get one against Arizona State. The Sun Devils don't know how to handle the Northwest weather, and Washington wins 21-10.
Unfortunately for UW, the Beavers do know how to handle the elements. Oregon State demolishes the Huskies 37-3 to beat Washington for the seventh straight year. Washington does come back the next week though, shocking the nation with a 24-17 win against Arizona to put the Wildcats out of the Rose Bowl race.
Sitting at 3-4, the Huskies try and get back to .500 with a win against Stanford. But QB Andrew Luck has the game of his life, and Stanford marches out of Seattle with a 28-13 Win. Things aren't much better the next week at Oregon, when Quarterback Nate Costa picks apart the Husky Defense for a 32-7 Win.
Now at 3-6, Washington needs to win their final three games to become bowl-eligible. The first order of business is UCLA, and the Huskies get a much needed victory by a score of 17-7. Next up is a game against Kevin Riley and the California Golden Bears in Berkeley. Washington plays great, but loses a heart breaker in Overtime by a Final Score of 30-27.
Without a chance of going bowling, a lifeless Husky team limps into Martin Stadium. Washington keeps it close for a Half, but gives up a pair of third quarter touchdowns to lose 31-10 and finish their season 4-8.