Washington won seven games in 2015 and entered 2016 with 15 total wins in Chris Petersen's first two seasons. The Huskies, who didn't win more than seven games in a season from 2002-12, broke out for 12 wins, Pac-12 Championship and College Football Playoff berth in 2016.
Washington missed the playoff last year and will miss it again this year but they've been in the annual playoff conversation for each of the last three seasons. Who could be the next outsider to break into the annual playoff conversation?
Maybe Syracuse, said Paul Finebaum on The Hot Route, though there's one huge caveat: