The college football season doesn’t start until the fall but it’s never too early to start looking ahead.
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Each week, USA TODAY Sports will give a more detailed look at the teams listed on our early Top 25 for the 2017 college football season.
Up next: No. 7 Washington. The Huskies’ inevitable breakthrough under Chris Petersen found the program atop the Pac-12 Conference and in the College Football Playoff. But repeating won’t be easy.
Why No. 7?
1. The juniors. There are seniors set for key roles for the Huskies, including linebacker Azeem Victor, an all-conference contender, and center Coleman Shelton, one of the nation’s best at his position. But the core of UW’s Pac-12 title defense is primarily composed of its junior class: quarterback Jake Browning, running back Myles Gaskin, offensive tackle Trey Adams and defensive linemen Vita Vea and Greg Gaines, for starters. As good as this group has been thus far – and they’ve been pretty good – it stands to…