Photo Replay of When UW Conducted Its Own Big Ten Realignment

Photo Replay of When UW Conducted Its Own Big Ten Realignment

For months, the University of Washington has been portrayed as among the great unwashed when it comes to college football, as unworthy of a coveted Big Ten membership, as charred ruins from a once proud conference.

On Saturday night, the Huskies finally had a chance to respond. 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 hyperbole, just all indications of maybe a perfect hire in Montlake.

His teams will not only be highly disciplined going forward in the seasons ahead, they’ll be as entertaining as anyone across the Power 5 landscape or whatever they call it. Yes, they will lose, but likely look fun when doing it.

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