Photo Replay of When UW Conducted Its Own Big Ten Realignment
For months, the University of Washington was portrayed as one of the great unwashed in college football. As unworthy of a coveted Big Ten membership and as a ruin of a once proud conference.
The Huskies finally had the chance to respond on Saturday night. They let everyone know there’s still plenty of bark left in this 133-year-old program with the great stadium by the lake, that they still can look good wearing their all-purples in primetime on national TV, and that they can wind up and hit you in the mouth and not think twice about it.
Washington 39, Michigan State 28.
This marked the major launch of the Kalen DeBoer football era in Seattle, of someone who suggests he intends to stay 15 seasons even if many of his highly capable assistant coaches get poached along the way, of a football coach who could have half of the Big Ten chasing after him in due time when he starts winning year after year. This is not exaggeration. It’s all evidence of a Montlake hire.
His teams won’t only be disciplined in the coming seasons, but they’ll also be as entertaining as anyone else across the Power 5 landscape. They will lose, but they’ll be entertaining.
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