Watching last night's Hawaii-San Jose State convinced me that tonight's Washington-Arizona State game may be just about crucial to the Huskies bowl hopes.
Most of this season, I have seen no bowl hopes. I just didn't see seven wins on the schedule. But part of that thinking turned on my belief that winning that seventh necessary game in Hawaii would be unlikely. However, it now looks to me like I overrated the Warriors at the start of that season. And with that game coming now seeming in the clearly winnable range, let's look at the remaining games that fall in that winnable/50-50/no-big-upset needed range: Arizona at home, at Stanford, WSU and at Hawaii.
Combined with the two wins they already have, sweeping those four games -- certainly no guarantee -- would get the Huskies up to six wins. So where does that seventh win come? (Or the extra two, if the Huskies manage only three of the four I mention above?)
Cal and Oregon are Top 10 teams with big-time offenses, so that would call for a major upset ... even in Husky Stadium.
So that leaves ASU and the game at Oregon State, where the Huskies will seem to have a fair chance despite underdog status
The fact is, the Huskies won't be favored five more times this season. So if they're going bowling, they need at least one real upset. UCLA was a chance they didn't take advantage of. They get another big chance tonight.