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June 13, 2007 at 9:57 PM

1991 Huskies lauded

Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News came up with a good idea to pass a June day — ranking the top 10 Pac-10 teams of the past 20 years.
(Hopefully he won’t mind if I do some similar lists somday, as well — football season remains more than two months away).
Anyway, as you can read here, Wilner decided that the 1991 Huskies were the best team of those two decades followed by the 2004 USC Trojans
I would agree on that order completely.
Some Trojan fans might argue that USC had a tougher road to the title that year, having to play an extra game and also playing the No. 2 team in the country in its bowl game.
But what could be the fairest comparison is this — each team played eight Pac-10 games with UW outscoring conference foes 321-77 compared to USC’s 285-117. While UW really only had one close call in conference that year (the 24-17 win at Cal), that USC team had nailbiters with Stanford (31-28), Cal (23-17) and UCLA (29-24).
As you can also see, Wilner has the 1990 Huskies rated No. 5.
Interesting to further note that he has the 2000 Oregon State Beavers on the list (at No. 9) but not the Huskies of the same year even though Washington beat OSU 33-30 at home to earn the official nod as Pac-10 champ.
But I don’t think I disagree. The UW-OSU game that year occured the first weekend of October and the Beavers got better and better as the year went on. Using the same comparison as above, UW outscored its eight conference foes 258-183 that season opposed to OSU’s 275-161 margin.
And while I don’t have a complete breakdown here, I think history would show there was more overall talent on that OSU team than those Huskies, whose success was due in huge part to the leadership and gutty play of Marques Tuiasosopo.

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