The Washington Huskies did just what they had to on Friday night – win the Pac-12 championship game in convincing style.
Now the team will wait until Sunday morning to see if that was enough in the minds of the selection committee.
With Taylor Rapp a freshman safety making two interceptions during the third quarter and returning one for six points and Jake Browning the standout quarterback throwing two TD strikes, Washington, ranked No. 4 in the country routed Colorado 41-10.
That places the fate of the Huskies in the hands of the College Football Playoff selection committee made up of 12 people, who will vote on the four teams that will take part in the CFP.
Although, the one-sided victory by Washington would appear to guarantee the team an invitation as one of the four participants, no one can be certain until the committee makes its announcement on Sunday.
Huskies head coach Chris Peterson was clear that he believed his team would play in the CFP. Peterson said there was no doubt the team was in, as the team is strong, and definitely belongs amongst the top four teams in the nation.
USC also has something to look forward to. The CFP committee will set the entire Top 25 and if Colorado drops enough due to its loss to Washington, the Trojans could find a way to play in the prestigious Rose Bowl.
On Friday night, one thing was certain, the Huskies’ performance made a strong case to include them in the playoff.
When the passing attack that has carried them all season was sputtering, they ran the ball. When they were in need of some offense, their defense stepped up with the two interceptions by Rapp during the third quarter.
The Huskies running attack was able to slice through the vaunted rushing defense of Colorado. Washington had two runners with over 100 yards rushing, gained 220 yards of total offense more than Colorado and its time of possession was 17 minutes more than that of Colorado.
Washington’s lead, entering Friday was tenuous over Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin in the race for the fourth and final berth in the CFP.
However, the committee looks for more than wins and losses. Strength of schedule is considered and the Huskies are weak in that, as its schedule was the weakest of any team in the Power 5.