Team preview: Washington

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While Notre Dame is expected to challenge for the national championship this season, with the majority of its players having been recruited by him, Tyrone Willingham embarks upon Year 2 in a massive rebuilding project of a program just four years removed from sharing the Pac-10 title with USC in 2002.

It's hard to fathom how devastated Washington was by the dismissal of Rick Neuheisel in the summer of 2003 for taking part in a college basketball pool. And it wasn't a process, either, as Washington went from a perennial Pac-10 contender that won 32 games from 2000-03 to losing 10-of-11 games in 2004. It marked the first double-digit defeat campaign for the Huskies in the program's 115-year history.