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Pac-12: Washington should be motivated enough to beat BYU

Even with the variable of an interim coach, Washington will further define its season in Friday's Fight Hunger Bowl vs. BYU at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

The Huskies would like to think of themselves as better than a No. 6 pick from the Pac-12, but the fact is they failed to break through against any of the conference's top-tier teams. So they're facing a BYU team that basically fits the same description. The Cougars are also 8-4, with only a win over Texas to distinguish themselves.

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Having said that, BYU is good enough to provide some validation to Washington's season, as the Huskies play for interim coach Marques Tuiasosopo in the transition from Steve Sarkisian to Chris Petersen. Both offenses have been highly productive, but not necessarily so against the better defenses on their schedules.

In its four losses, BYU's high was 17 points. The Cougars are sure to top that figure against Washington, but they'll have trouble keeping up with the Huskies as long as UW running back Bishop Sankey and quarterback Keith Price are at their best. BYU will be highly motivated and there's some question about Washington's focus, but the Huskies are the better team. Washington 31, BYU 24.

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