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October 14, 2012 at 1:18 AM

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Pondering the Huskies' bowl chances

OK, my mini-break from The Brewery is over. We're back, with plenty to discuss over the next several days. This is just a little post to reintroduce myself to the conversation.

My mind is on the Washington football team after covering the Huskies' 24-14 loss to No. 11 USC at CenturyLink Field on Saturday night. Here's my column from the game, focusing on how the Huskies' comeback bid was too little, too late.

And at the bottom of this post is the Times sports poll question of the day from our editors. They want to know what you think of the Huskies' bowl chances.

The Huskies (3-3) are a decent bet to get to 6-6 and make a bowl. But after surviving a brutal first six games featuring four ranked teams, the Huskies have a far more challenging second-half schedule than most people think. Nevertheless, I still believe the Huskies will finish at least 6-6. A 7-5 record is quite realistic, too. In my preseason predictions, I had the Huskies with a 3-3 record at this point, including a win over Stanford, before finishing 5-1 for an 8-4 record. Considering how inconsistent this team is, that will be a tall order. These next few games -- at Arizona next week and then at home against Oregon State on Oct. 27 -- mean much to determining whether the Huskies will go on a run in the final six games against more manageable competition (just one ranked team, Oregon State, left on the schedule).

If I were voting, I guess I'd select "OK" in this poll. Surprised we don't have a fourth option for people who might feel even stronger than OK, but if you've been watching this team closely, then you know it has a small margin for error.

OK, I'm done yapping. It's your turn to talk.

Vote and discuss, please.

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