The No. 6 Washington Huskies pummeled California 38-7 in PAC-12 action Saturday night in Seattle. Washington is now 6-0 on the season and have a ridiculous +197 point differential. And with unranked Iowa State’s stunning upset over No. 3 Oklahoma, Washington’s College Football Playoff hopes get a boost.
However, Washington hasn’t exactly had a difficult schedule this season, particularly with their non-conference games. The Huskies began their season with a 30-14 win at Rutgers (1-4; lost at home to Eastern Michigan), followed by a 63-7 win vs Montana (a Big Sky team), and a 48-16 win vs Fresno State (a Mountain West team that went 1-11 last season).
And ESPN reporter Quint Kessenich really mocked Washington’s non-conference schedule… during the broadcast of Washington’s game on Saturday.
Kessenich showed actual cupcakes “as a visual” of the Huskies’ non-conference schedule:
The cupcake schedule talk comes on the heels of Washington head coach Chris Petersen complaining about Washington having to play night games due to ESPN’s broadcast scheduling preferences (imagine how much he then hates having his team’s schedule ridiculed on these broadcasts).
Kirk Herbstreit then fired back at those comments on Saturday morning’s College Gameday, saying that people like Petersen should be thanking ESPN for the exposure the network gives the PAC-12.
And PAC-12 commissioner Larry Scott was actually brought on ESPN’s broadcast of the Washington game to talk about the TV deal and late start times. Scott said that “there’s no doubt that playing late at night and kickoffs after 6 PM have been beneficial for the PAC-12.”
As you can imagine, many fans weren’t enjoying ESPN’s coverage of Washington and the PAC-12.
Straight F to ESPN for what they did today to Washington and the Pac-12. All-around embarrassing coverage. https://t.co/7mMoyfZo3t
— Avinash Kunnath (@avinashkunnath) October 8, 2017
Did ESPN have a gun pointed at Larry Scott when they had him on the UW broadcast defending ESPN? Reminded me of a hostage video.
— HoustonHusky (@HoustonHusky) October 8, 2017
those 3 cupcakes ran for 40 more yards than Cal tonight @espn
— The Dawg Pack (@UWDawgPack) October 8, 2017
Pardon me. Cal played USC to the fourth quarter. UW is beating them to a pulp and ESPN's message is UW is "soft"
— The Husky Haul (@HuskyHaul) October 8, 2017
— brett OGIN (@mushvillemayor) October 8, 2017
raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by @espn
the entire state of washington: pic.twitter.com/fC4XTCsshk
— sydney (@sydxcvii) October 8, 2017
Hey @BrockESPN how about you lay into your coworkers at ESPN for taking cheap shots at UW. Quint & Rod can shove it.
— John W. Wilcox (@WilcoxSports) October 8, 2017
Don’t ever disrespect the University Of Washington and Coach Petersen. The amount of unprofessionalism from you guys is ridiculous. @ESPN
— ⓔⓥⓐⓝ (@TablerDotCom) October 8, 2017
Oh god ESPN still pushing the "Washington should be grateful for us" agenda in the middle of the game. Gross.
— Vak-O-Lantern (@EthanNovak) October 8, 2017
Put these ESPN commentators working the Washington football game on a pretzel cus they salty.
— Tom Helm ⭐️ (@RealmofHelm) October 8, 2017