By Jon Wilner
Washington Coach Tyrone Willingham inadvertently drew chuckles before the season when he pronounced the Huskies a bowl-caliber team. Apparently, Willingham did not care that they had been picked to finish last in the Pacific-10 Conference. Or that they won two games last season and one game the season before that. Or that the roster was virtually devoid of high-end talent. ``The difference this year,'' he said Tuesday when asked to explain his preseason pronouncement, ``was our team believes a little more in the things Coach Willingham was saying.
``And I looked at the conference. You don't have to have the most talent to be successful, but if you play as a team, if you eliminate mistakes, don't beat yourself, then you have a great chance. I thought we did before the season, and I think we have a great opportunity now.'' After four wins and a controversial loss at USC, the Huskies were, in fact, bowl-bound -- and Willingham was stalking his third Pacific-10 Conference coach of the year award. Their prospects were waylaid Saturday when they lost to
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