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Huskies, Buffs taking next step after surprising Pac-12 runs

Chris Petersen and Mike MacIntyre engineered two of the biggest breakthroughs in college football last season when they got Washington and Colorado into a Pac-12 title game matchup that absolutely nobody saw coming.

Both coaches are going back to work this summer knowing they've lost the element of surprise.

After his years of success at Boise State, Petersen knows the next step for both the Huskies and Buffaloes will be even more challenging than the dazzling runs that sent them past Oregon, Southern California, Stanford and the rest of the conference's usual powers last year.

"I think it is really, really hard to stay (on top)," Petersen said Wednesday...