The Huskies' season-opening opponent, Auburn, is ranked No. 10.
ESPN sees you, Washington.
The Washington Huskies, voted by West Coast media as the overwhelming favorite to win the Pac-12 title, have opened the 2018 preseason ranked No. 5 in ESPN’s power rankings published Wednesday morning.
“Washington figures to be the conference’s best candidate to be a part of the playoff picture,” ESPN wrote. “And unlike in recent years, the Huskies have a chance to make a statement in the nonconference with a marquee opener against Auburn.”
Defending national champion Alabama is No. 1 in ESPN’s rankings, followed by Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia and UW.
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Auburn is ranked No. 10, and ESPN has listed the Sept. 1 UW-Auburn game as the top game of college football’s opening weekend.
Here’s what ESPN wrote about Auburn:
“The Tigers return a 3,000-yard passer (Jarrett Stidham) and a loaded defensive line (see: Marlon Davidson, Derrick Brown, etc.). So what’s not to like? The schedule. Not only does Auburn open the season against Washington, it ends the season with road trips to Georgia and Alabama. If the Tigers can somehow survive that, they’re a playoff contender.”