As much as the University of Washington football team could score in a blink of the eye — see the first play of the second half in the Apple Cup — its climb up the Pac-12 power rankings was a lot like watching a fresh coat of paint on Husky Stadium dry.

It was maddening slow, almost painful to consume.

The Huskies initially were ranked low, and rightfully slow, after coming off a 4-8 season in 2021.

Then just when they were beginning to draw some attention with a 4-0 start under Kalen DeBoer, they lost to UCLA, no arguments there, and did a face plant at Arizona State — when the Huskies tried to play 7-on-11 on defense (i.e., with no secondary).