Washington Huskies

New powers in Pac-12 North come from ... well, the far north

New powers in Pac-12 North come from ... well, the far north

The tectonic plates of the Pac-12 Conference’s North division have been shifting for several seasons, but mostly under the surface.

As Stanford and Oregon dominated the division and the rest of the conference — winning every Pac-12 football championship from 2009 until last season — Washington and Washington State were gaining force.

At Washington State, Coach Mike Leach did what Mike Leach does: He built an offensive juggernaut. At Washington, Chris Petersen slowly grew a program, acquiring an elite quarterback, a powerful running back and a tough defensive identity, while the school poured $280 million into renovating its iconic lakeside stadium.

Last season saw the...

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