Washington won seven regular-season games last season for the first time since 2002. But the lasting image of the 2011 season is going to be the defensive eyesore turned in by the Huskies in the Alamo Bowl.
The Huskies rolled up 620 yards and scored 56 points – yet still lost by 11. The defense was eviscerated for 777 yards and 67 points by Baylor.
The beatdown sort of put a cherry on top of a horrible defensive effort for the season. Washington surrendered an average of 35.9 points and 453.3 yards per game; both numbers were the worst in school history. Coach Steve Sarkisian responded by revamping his defensive staff. The new coordinator is Justin Wilcox, who had held the same position at Tennessee.
Washington looks good on offense again this season. The defense? Hmm.
Last season: 7-6 overall, 5-4 in Pac-12 (3rd in Pac-12 North)
Coach: Steve Sarkisian (19-19, 4th season)
Returning starters (minimum 7 starts last season): Offense (5) – G Colin Tanigawa, T Erik