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America came to know Chris Petersen a decade ago through his use of gimmicks. If there’s anything we liked more than the hook-and-ladder he called for Boise State to tie Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, capsule it was the Statue of Liberty two-point conversion he designed to win it. He put Boise on the map, order as more than the capital of Idaho. He loved it there, prostate on his blue field, until it came time for him to leave it, for the emerald city of Seattle, where his fortunes have taken a turn for the fabulous.

Now in his third year as Washington’s coach, Petersen has the Huskies 8-0 and ranked No. 4 by The Associated Press. You hope that if this trend continues, the College Football Playoff selection committee will wise up and include Petersen’s team in its Final Four. The CFP rankmeisters overlooked Washington – tabbing the Huskies No. 5 – in its first foursome released this week, favoring Texas A&M, which lost a game this season by 19 points.