SEATTLE (AP) — In some fashion, Keith Price and his teammates have been reminded every day of what 2012 could have been for Washington.
The reminders showed how the Huskies were so close to taking that next step in the progression most expected when Steve Sarkisian took over, finally leaving behind the seven-win plateau, only to lose the final two games of last season by a combined five points to again finish 7-6.
Washington begins 2013 with the expectation that seven wins is no longer acceptable. This is the year the Huskies must show progress, pushing to be talked about among Stanford and Oregon as the elite of the Pac-12 North Division.
As they move back into renovated Husky Stadium, just a winning record and bowl trip are no longer good enough.