SPOKANE, Wash. - The football season is just around the corner for Washington's college teams.
The University of Washington Huskies will be counting on redshirt freshman quarterback Jake Locker to lead them after a 5-7 finish last season, next-to-last in the Pac-10 at just 3-6 in the conference.
The Huskies open their season Friday at Syracuse. But the game that could be the pivotal one for them is just a week later (Sept. 8) against Boise State, which finished Number Five in last season's Associated Press poll.
Washington State has an experienced quarterback in Alex Brink, who is poised to break a number of WSU offensive records with a stable of experienced receivers. Last year, the Cougars finished 6-6, and were fourth in the Pac-10. However, they're picked to finish eighth in the conference this year.
The Cougars open the season on the road Saturday at Wisconsin. Their big test is likely to come September 22nd against Southern Cal, which is touted as a safe bet for another national championship.
Eastern Washington will be trying to rebound from a 3-8 record last season, when the Eagles finished sixth in the Big Sky Conference. Eastern Washington won Big Sky titles in 2004 and 2005. It begins its season Friday with a game against Montana-Western.