After the College Football Playoff Selection Committee revealed the Washington Huskies (12-1) on Sunday as the fourth and final team in the dance, Huskies head coach Chris Petersen was overjoyed, obviously, but also mindful of the major challenge ahead as whopping 16.5-point semifinals underdogs to the undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide.
Petersen quipped on Sunday:
Maybe the idea is not completely far-fetched. From his days in the college ranks, Carroll probably appreciates the experiential boost that Huskies players would gain from taking the field with the professionals.
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During an interview on Monday with ESPN 710 Seattle's “Brock and Salk,” Carroll responded to the idea: “Our boys will be ready for them. You wanna bring them out here?” he said, “Come on, bring ’em over here, Coach.”
A full-fledged scrimmage will never happen for a variety of reasons include a possible/probable NCAA violation of some kind, but a walkthrough of some kind seems within the realm of possibility as the Huskies have about three-and-a-half weeks to prepare for Bama. And speaking of Alabama, here's how Carroll assessed Washington's chances against the heavy favorite (transcription courtesy Football Scoop):
“I don’t think you should think that they’re out of their league at all. Alabama’s a great team and has great coaches and they’ve got a great program, but this (Huskies) team is well balanced and they’re able to take on a lot. They won’t be surprised by the style of offense. They’re gonna see a really, tough, strong, physical defense, it’s gonna be hard for them in that regard, but they have a lot of stuff that they can do, a lot of places they can go with this thing, so it’s going to be a heck of a match-up.”
Chris Petersen on Alabama: "Fortunately, the Seahawks are here in town. Maybe they'll scrimmage us to get us ready for (Bama)."