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CFP hopes all but extinguished

Washington now knows it has been unofficially eliminated from the College Football Playoff.

Even if coach Chris Petersen according to him declines to discuss such things with his team.

The Huskies (8-2, 5-2), ranked 18th in Tuesday night's latest CFP rankings, are in a three-team battle just to win the Pac-12 North division after Friday's costly loss to Stanford. So there truly isn't a reason to use the P-word as Washington prepares for Saturday's game against Utah.

"Well we never talk about the playoffs. Ever. So that's not even a discussion," Petersen told reporters. "We just play. We got two more games and we're focused on the next one. So two good teams coming and we'll see what happens after this next week.

"It's just about one week and if we start looking about championships and all that, your focus isn't right. If guys are doing that, that's what happens, there's too much good football left to be played. There's too many good teams in this conference."

Stanford and Washington State are both in better position to claim the division title than the Huskies. Washington State is the frontrunner and would claim the spot in the Pac-12 title game with two wins, one which would be against Washington in the annual Apple Cup.

Petersen was told a Stanford loss to California this weekend would help his team's chances and he quickly put a stop to the line of questioning.

"It doesn't matter what happens (in that game)," Petersen said. "We have no say over that. All we can control is playing as hard as we can. Let's play this week, let's get to the following week. These will be two really tough games and I know this: We'll feel really good about ourselves if we can get that done."

Washington was outclassed by Stanford in the 30-22 loss. A unit that entered the game ranked No. 1 in the nation in total defense struggled to stop Cardinal star back Bryce Love (166 rushing yards, three touchdowns) and was too often powerless to stop Stanford (10-of-18) on third-down conversions.

What the disappointing loss does is give the Huskies a chance to take stock in one another and see who goes down fighting.

"Now we're going to find out who rallies and who will roll over and die," junior quarterback Jake Browning said. "Personally I think we're going to rally."


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