Washington has opened a 12 1/2-point underdog in its season-ending game at Hawaii on Saturday.
It's not that surprising a margin, for a couple of reasons. One, UW-Hawaii is a much worst match for the Dawgs than UW-Boise State just because the Huskies have had trouble with big passing games, and Colt Brennan and the Warriors have one of the best.
Secondly, the teams could be miles apart mentally. Hawaii just moved up to No. 12 in the BCS rankings, which puts their fate clearly in their hands: Beat UW and go to a BCS bowl, lose and you don't. That means they will come into this game rightly thinking of it as the biggest in school history. And a rocking sellout crowd will jam Aloha Stadium to watch. If UW is thinking of it as a post-season Island getaway ... this thing could get out of hand real quick.