Washington's offense is for real

Huskies' Week 1 rout shows team's offensive prowess, Pac-12 title potential

Updated: September 7, 2013, 12:18 PM ET
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider

Keith Price AP Photo/Ted S. WarrenKeith Price threw for 324 yards and two TDs in Washington's Week 1 victory over Boise State.

A championship trend in the Pac-12 over the past five seasons is that it usually takes a strong offense to contend for the conference title. In four of those campaigns, a team that averaged 6.0 or more yards per play (YPP) on offense won the Pac-12.

That benchmark looked to be a potential issue for the Washington Huskies heading into the 2013 college football campaign. Steve Sarkisian's club fell nearly a yard short of that average mark in the 2012 season (5.11 YPP) and topped that total in only two of its 13 games.

With only one game under the Huskies' belt this season, it's hard to say for certain whether they will tally 6.0 or more YPP for the entire campaign. But after breaking down the tape of Washington's 38-6 victory over the Boise State Broncos on Saturday, it's clear that the potential path to success in this statistical department is quite wide and that the Huskies' offense could help lead the team to a Pac-12 title in 2013.