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Even though recruiting has been the  hottest topic for the past couple of months,  there is still a season just around the  corner. There are lots of reasons to believe  this could be a turnaround year for the  lowly Washington Huskies. Being an  optimist, I believe the team will have a  winning season and go to a bowl game. I  have five reasons as to why that will  happen. I think the biggest reason will be the overall  attitude and their expectation of winning. It all  starts from the top down and the attitude at the  top is the best it’s been for at least a decade.  We finally have a president, Mark Emmert,  who cares, understands and appreciates the  importance football has at this university. He  once noted how football is the "front porch" of  any university, because of the visibility a great  program can bring, as well as the dollars  behind it. Emmert took his right-hand man,  Scott Woodward, and assigned him to spruce  up the front porch, which meant fix the football  problems.  For Emmert, the most important decisions  were to replace the former athletic director,  Todd Turner, and the head football coach,  Tyrone Willingham. Even though he probably  would’ve liked to pull the trigger on terminating  both Turner and Willingham earlier, the move  was eventually made. Now it's up to  Woodward and new head coach Steve  Sarkisian to clean up the mess. Emmert is  firmly behind these new hires.  Washington  has  Expect to win. It’s one of the qualities I love  about Dick Baird. But expecting to win while  making excuses is not only backwards but  counterproductive. This article will examine  how many games I expect to win next year  along with why. There will be no excuses  made for not reaching these expectations.  Every off season the same nonsense is said  about the team. They are getting stronger,  faster, “this is the most athletic team in years”.  “Jake has really improved his accuracy” and  “the entire OL lived in the weight room over the  off season”. I could list off these “facts” about  how the guys are working harder than ever  and how they expect to win, but that’s not why  we should expect to win. The same things that  were said for Tyrone have now been said for  Sark and will be said for the next head coach  and everyone should realize it.  This article will throw all that nonsense to the  side and examine why we should expect to  win, not because the coach, Woodward, or  Emmert, but because any decent coach  should win here.   Now I could dance around about how many 
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