California, here they come. The Rose Bowl game will be Washington's first game in California this season. The Huskies and UCLA were not scheduled and Washington played host to Stanford, Cal, USC and Pacific.
The last time Washington played a regular season without a game in California was 1943. The state of California has proved to be something of a home field for the Huskies, who have won nine in a row in California, including three Rose Bowl games.
Washington Coach Don James brought a 95-player squad with him when the team arrived last Sunday. The Huskies took Christmas Day off from practice at Occidental College. All practice sessions, which are open to the public, are running about 2 hours 20 minutes, but Monday's practice might be a little shorter--to make time for a trip to Disneyland.
James was the head defensive coach for Michigan in 1966 and 1967 on Bump Elliott's staff. The Wolverines were 6-4 and 4-6. . . . Michigan leads the series with Washington, 5-4, but the Huskies have won the last three, including a 34-14 victory in the 1992 Rose Bowl.