Washington football reached several significant milestones in 2016. The Huskies' Pac-12 championship marked the program's first such title in 16 years; they rolled to 11 regular-season wins for the first time since the 1991 national championship campaign; and they reached the College Football Playoff.
Head coach Chris Petersen raised the bar for Washington football, reestablishing the traditional Pac-12 power as a viable contender on the national landscape. Plenty of players central to that success are now bound for the NFL: stars like Budda Baker, John Ross, Kevin King, Joe Mathis and more.
But back in the mix are Jake Browning, Myles Gaskin, Taylor Rapp and a host of other Huskies hungry to build off the success of 2016. Washington's potential road back to the Pac-12 championship and another College Football Playoff is manageable; UW plays a soft non-conference slate, and avoids the only team that beat it in the 2016 regular season, USC.
2017 Washington Huskies Schedule
Bye: Week 8
— Written by Kyle Kensing, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a sportswriter in Southern California. Follow him on Twitter @kensing45.