Pre-Season Quick Take - ESPN/Harris

With less than a month to go before fall camp, it's now that point in the year when the pre-season magazines start tumbling out of bookstores and stands, and they all definitely have opinions all their own when it comes to where UW will finish. We'll be breaking down each of the top pre-season mags, and today we look at ESPN’s forecast, as well as Harris College Football’s preview.

ESPN has ranked Washington fourth in the Pac-12 North Division, behind Oregon, Stanford and California, giving them a 2.6 percent chance of winning the division. They have the Huskies as their 46th best team in the country.

Here’s their outlook: “To be honest, coach Chris Petersen’s first season was a disappointment. And with the sudden departure of QB Cyler Miles, his second looks like a rebuilding year. Which is why the opener at Boise State, where Petersen made his name, has the feel of a make-or-break tone setter.”

Pac-12 Pre-Season Awards:
Budda Baker - 1st Team DB

Unfortunately for the Huskies, ESPN doesn’t think too highly of their 2015 class, ranking it outside their top-25 teams.

Harris Publications is in its 22nd year of forecasting the top college football teams in the country, and unfortunately for UW they aren’t buying what Chris Petersen is selling. They have the Huskies fifth in the North Division, even behind Washington State.

This is their recap: “This is shaping up to be a long year for the Huskies. They lost as much talent as anyone in the Pac-12, and they have to find a new quarterback and rebuild the offensive line with young talent that isn’t quite elite. Washington will be battling throughout 2015 just to get a bowl berth.” Top Stories