Second-half outlook: Washington

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller


Record: 3-4. 2-2

Just imagine if Washington were to beat Oregon on Saturday. Seeing that the Huskies figure to be double-digit favorites in the Apple Cup at home against Washington State, that means Steve Sarkisian's first year could feature wins over: 1,. USC; 2. bitter rival Oregon; 3. state rival Washington State. If you tossed in a bowl game, Sarkisian might get consideration for national coach of the year. Jake Locker gives the Huskies a chance in any game, but the question is whether the defense can hold up down the stretch.

Remaining schedule: Oregon, at UCLA, at Oregon State, Washington State, California

Best-case scenario: The Huskies rally for three wins over their final five games and earn a bowl berth a year after going 0-12.

Worst-case scenario: The Huskies go 1-4 down the stretch and finish 4-8.

Prediction: No bowl.