Washington, under first-year coach Chris Petersen, is ranked No. 25 in the preseason coaches poll released this morning by USA Today.
The Huskies, who received 142 points in the poll, were 9-4 in Steve Sarkisian‘s final season with the program in 2013, including a Fight Hunger Bowl victory over BYU.
In all, six Pac-12 teams are ranked in the preseason poll: No. 4 Oregon, No. 7 UCLA. No. 11. Stanford, No. 15. USC, No. 18. Arizona State and UW at 25.
Florida State, the defending national champion, is No. 1 in the poll.
The SEC has seven teams ranked in the top 25.
Petersen is one of six Pac-12 coaches listed as a voter in the coaches poll, along with Sarkisian, Mike Leach, Mike Riley, Rich Rodriguez and Mike MacIntyre.
- Athlon on the expectations for Petersen in his first season.
- A quick look at UW’s nonconference slate.
- Nebraska’s Bo Pelini has hinted that there was some foul play involved in Damore’ea Stringfellow‘s sudden switch to Ole Miss.
I was at the UW football offices Wednesday for an interview with Petersen and a photo shoot inside the Husky Stadium tunnel (as part of a story package for next month). While there, Petersen showed off a new sign inside the training room that had just been posted Wednesday morning. It reads “Durability is more important than ability.”
Bucs are pumped about ASJ's play in camp. He's picked things up quickly and made a lot of plays. I'm anxious to see more tomorrow.
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) July 31, 2014