After watching his team’s National title hopes dashed in last Fridays 30 to 22 loss to the Stanford Cardinal (6-2 overall, 7-3 Pac 12), Husky head coach Chris Petersen held his weekly media briefing Monday and discussed the ramifications of the devastating loss and how his team will move forward.
The loss to Stanford (6-2, 7-3 ) dropped the Huskies ( 8-2, 5-2) from being the No.9 ranked team in the country to No.16 in the latest AP top 25 and No.15 in the coaches poll. The Dawgs still have a shot at the Pac-12 Championship game, but likely need to win out and need Cal to beat Stanford.
After looking at the film the Huskies head coach was brutally honest with himself, the team and the media.
The Huskies will need to quickly lick their wounds and heal as they will take on a dangerous Utah team ( 5-5 overall, 2-5 ) that is coming off a tough 33 to 25 loss to Washington State (6-2, 9-2). The Utes have the third-best defense in the Pac -12 behind the Huskies and the Cougars. Utah sophomore quarterback Tyler Huntley is third in the Pac-12 in total offense (298) behind USC Sam Darnold (298.6) and league leader Josh Rosen at 340 yards per game. Senior wideout Daren Carrington leads the Pac-12 in receiving yards per game at 92.2