Washington finished the regular season at 8-4. The Huskies played against an "average" strength of schedule (SOS). Washington's best game (win over highest ranked team at the time) was a 38-6 victory over #29 ranked Boise State at the beginning of the season and their worst game (loss to lowest ranked team) was a 31-41 loss to #30 UCLA. Washington was 0-2 against teams ranked in the Top 25. Washington was the #13 ranked team in terms of total production, with the #16 ranked offense and the #20 ranked defense at the time of his departure to USC.
Washington finished the regular season like the 2011 season at 7-5 and again lost their bowl game to #10 Boise Stat to finish at 7-6. Washington was the #59 ranked team in total production with the #79 ranked offense and the #31 ranked defense. The Huskies best game was a win over #28 Stanford and their worst game was a loss to in state rival #113 Washington State.
Washington finished the regular season at 7-5 and lost a track meet to #26 Baylor to finish overall at 7-6. Washington played against an "average" SOS and finished as the #69 ranked team in total production. They also substantially improved their offense to finish as the #28 team in the Football Bowl Subdivision, but were below average on the defensive side of the ball, with the #95 ranked defense. Washington's best game was a victory over #48 Utah and their worst game was a loss to #94 Oregon State.
Washington finished the regular season at 6-6 and were bowl eligible, defeating the #16 ranked University of Nebraska Huskers in the Holiday Bowl to finish at 7-6. Washington's best game was that win over Nebraska and their worst game was a loss to #67 BYU at the beginning of the season. Washington finished slightly down from the 2009 season at #87 ranked team in total production, and the #83 ranked offense and the #82 ranked defense.
In Sarkisian's first season as head football coach, the Washington Huskies finished the regular season at 5-7 and out of bowl contention. Washington played against a "tougher" SOS than the "league" as a whole. The Huskies best game of the season was a 16-13 victory over #31 ranked USC and their worst game was a 23-24 loss to #64 ranked UCLA. Taking a look at the Huskies relative production, they finished as the #75 ranked team in overall production. On the offensive side of the ball, the Huskies had the #83 ranked offense and they had the #60 ranked defense. This was a below average team that was a substantial improvement from the 2008 season.
To be clear, this was the Washington Huskies production (or lack of production) in the season before Sarkisian arrived at Washington. In terms of overall production, the Huskies were the #117 ranked team (or #4 from the bottom), with the worst offense in all of the Football Bowl Subdivision at #120 and the #115 defense (or #6 from the bottom). This was one of the worst teams in all of the NCAA FBS.
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