Big 12 Conference

Washington's schedule becomes focus of playoff debate

Washington's nonconference schedule clouded the Huskies' candidacy for the College Football Playoff for weeks.

It was at the forefront of the debate again on Sunday when the Huskies landed the No. 4 seed and a spot in the national semifinals against top-ranked Alabama .

The weak competition Washington rolled through in the nonconference season became an argument against the Huskies' inclusion despite a 12-1 record and a Pac-12 championship. But it also raised the question of how nonconference games should be examined by the playoff committee when those games are often scheduled years in advance.

"That's what's so hard about it," Washington coach Chris...