In his Tuesday plea for patience for coach Tyrone Willingham, UW president Mark Emmert said his to the Associated Press:
"We have not helped them at all with this schedule that was set up years ago. It's an awful schedule."
And that's certainly been the conventional wisdom. But two weeks into the football season, I'm wondering if this schedule is going to turn out to be the monster so many of us once thought.
Oklahoma, which comes in Saturday, appears to be the real deal ... a legit national championship contender.
But Brigham Young looked like an absolutely beatable team that would finish in the 4-6 midlevel range of the Pac-10. Good enough, but certainly nothing UW should be afraid to invite into Husky Stadium.
And Notre Dame, which went 3-9 last season, sure didn't look much improved in its come-from-behind home win over a San Diego State team that lost the week before to Division I-AA Cal-Poly.
There's no doubt that UW's out-of-conference schedule is more demanding of Willingham and these Huskies, than, say, the O-O-C schedule of Mike Stoops and Arizona: Idaho, Toledo and New Mexico. But that seems more like a badge of honor than anything to regret.
Plus, we're only two weeks into the season -- far too early to be making excuses for a season that isn't yet lost.