3. Washington will be playing with urgency.
The Huskies know what people are saying about them. They know they are being questioned as a legitimate force in the playoff picture. They will seize this opportunity to put points on the board and probably not take their foot off the gas pedal until late in the game.
This is also an opportunity for Michael Penix to put himself back in the driver’s seat for the Heisman trophy. Players and coaches claim not to worry about those things, but it is on their minds. He should put up some big numbers here as well.
Washington football controls its own destiny for the College Football Playoff right now and with a strong showing against USC on Saturday, Penix Jr. can hold off J.J. McCarthy, Jayden Daniels, and others that could be coming for the Heisman.