Beat a quality opponent
Jake Browning hasn’t had much success in his career winning games against quality opponents. That isn’t to say he hasn’t had any success, but his game stats show that he has struggled on the biggest stages, against top-flight opponents. He’ll get two, maybe three cracks at reversing those fortunes by the time this season is over. He has to make them count.
Minshew and the Washington State Cougars currently reside in the top ten, and as many Huskies faithful will loathe hearing, belong there. They have done a fantastic job this season winning when they don’t play their best against inferior competition. They also rise to the occasion when facing stiffer opponents. Minshew has been phenomenal and leads the nation in passing yardage.
A victory over a top ten opponent on the road, and outplaying Minshew would go a long way to alleviating the perception that Browning is the Andy Dalton of college football power-five programs.
Following a huge win in Pullman, Browning has to lead the Huskies to a victory in their bowl game against another quality opponent. Ideally, a power-five conference team. It would certainly diminish the perception he can’t beat good teams and create positive momentum heading into the NFL draft.