CFB Playoff Hopes Wither Away for Washington, Pac-12

CFB Playoff Hopes Wither Away for Washington, Pac-12

CFB Playoff Hopes Wither Away for Washington, Pac-12

The Huskies remain in the College Football Playoff, so a big win will help the team in a major way while suffering their second loss of the year could prove to bring those postseason hopes to an end.

Washington has the nation's No. 1 defense, the only one in the country that hasn't allowed a single play of 40 yards or longer this season. All they had to do was shut down the Cardinal, beat struggling Utah at home next weekend, win their Apple Cup game against Washington State, also in Seattle, and then win the Pac-12 title game.

The thought of Washington repeating last year's run to the College Football Playoff wasn't all that outlandish entering Friday night's game at Stanford.

When Bryce Love aggravated his injured ankle in the first half and had to go to the sideline to get checked out, Stanford coach David Shaw wasn't sure how much he'd be able to get out of his star running back.

The Huskies will drop out of the top 10 next week while the Cardinal should get back into the poll. But after suffering a 30-22 defeat on the road, it's over.

Costello needs to be a game-manager coming off last week's loss to Washington State in which he was 9-for-20 for 105 yards with one interception and one rushing TD. If he plays to his potential, this could be interesting, but Washington is the pick. With USC's offense clicking and its defense surviving a tough test against Khalil Tate last week, the Trojans will cruise in this one to clinch the Pac-12 South Division. It has lost all 11 times the teams have played, a streak that doesn't figure to end Saturday. Both games are on the road.

Washington: vs. Utah (11/18), vs. At this rate, the Bruins look as though they'll miss out on a bowl for a second consecutive season. Get the app and get the game.

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