Washington will return to the College Football Playoff as the first Pac-12 team in the field since 2016.

The unbeaten and unblemished Huskies were handed the No. 2 seed in the Playoff field, setting up a matchup with No. 3 Texas at the Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1, 5:45 p.m.). Last Friday, Washington beat Oregon 34-31 in the Pac 12 Championship Game to win a program-record 13th game.

It’ll be a rematch of last season’s Alamo Bowl, which Washington won 27-20.

In the other semifinal game at the Rose Bowl, No. 1 Michigan will face No. 4 Alabama.

The CFP National Championship Game in Houston, Texas, is set for a 4:30 p.m. PT kickoff on Monday, Jan. 8.

Washington last went to the Playoff in 2016 after smashing a top-10 Colorado team in the Pac-12 Championship to cap a 12-1 season. The Huskies earned the No. 4 seed in the field and faced top-seeded Alabama at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Huskies lost that game 24-7.

This year’s Washington squad will roll into the CFP after a confidence-boosting win over the rival Ducks. UW surged out to a 20-3 lead in the conference title game thanks to an offense that looked rejuvenated.

Washington hasn’t won a game by more than 10 points since Sept. 23. The last four games have all been decided by seven points or less. Seven of the 13 wins this season have come by one possession.

“There is a deep, deep, deep belief right now in our football team that when the moments get tough, we can really hone in and guys will just do their job,” coach Kalen DeBoer said on Friday. “Can you go back to one game and learn from it? You can go back to all of a sudden two or three. Everything has happened in a different way. We’ve won it in different ways.

“… They’re just going to leave it all on the football field.”

The program claims two national championships — in 1960 and 1991. As every draft-eligible Husky from last year’s 11-2 team returned for the 2023 season, they said their goal was to win a national title.

And now, after weeks of talk and boardroom meetings, Washington officially has a chance to make its case on the football field and play for a national championship.

The CFP schedule is below:

  • Rose Bowl (Semifinal) | 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1 on ESPN
  • Sugar Bowl (Semifinal) | 5:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1 on ESPN
  • CFP National Championship Game (Houston, Texas) | 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8 on ESPN