The 1978 Washington Huskies football team was an American football team that represented the University of Washington during the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season. In its fourth season under head coach Don James, the team compiled a 7–4 record, finished in a tie for second place in the Pacific-10 Conference, and outscored its opponents by a combined total of 270 to 155. Linebacker Michael Jackson was selected as the team's most valuable player. The team captains were Jackson, Nesby Glasgow, Scott Greenwood, and Jeff Toews.
In the newly-expanded Pac-10, the Huskies defeated the two new members, Arizona and Arizona State, and did not play California. The two losses were to UCLA and USC, and the Huskies defeated Washington State in the Apple Cup for the fifth consecutive year.
An unexpected non-conference loss at unranked Indiana in September likely kept Washington out of a bowl game.
|September 9||No. 12 UCLA||No. 11||L 7–10||55,780|
|September 16||Kansas*||No. 18||W 31–2||49,624|
|September 23||at Indiana*||No. 15||L 7–14||40,244|
|September 30||at Oregon State||W 34–0||30,000|
|October 7||No. 8 Alabama*||L 17–20||60,975|
|October 14||at No. 18 Stanford||W 34–31||58,079|
|October 21||Oregon||W 20–14||49,602|
|October 28||Arizona State||W 41–7||54,866|
|November 4||Arizona||No. 20||W 31–21||47,587|
|November 11||at No. 5 USC||No. 19||L 10–28||54,071|
|November 25||vs. Washington State||W 38–8||35,187|
- *Non-conference game
- Rankings from AP Poll
| 1978 Washington Huskies football team roster
|| Special teams
- Head coach
- Coordinators/assistant coaches
- (C) Team captain
- (S) Suspended
- (I) Ineligible
Six Huskies were selected in the 1979 NFL Draft, which lasted twelve rounds (330 selections).
- ↑ "Washington Yearly Results (1975-1979)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/w/washington/1975-1979_yearly_results.php. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
- ↑ Missildine, Harry (November 26, 1978). "Steele: Shades of McElhenny". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. C1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=oUpOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=De4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=4999%2C5022508.
- ↑ Drosendahl, Glenn (November 26, 1978). "Joe Steeles Jack's show - UW romps". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=9cteAAAAIBAJ&sjid=nzIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=4177%2C10013200.
- ↑ Van Sickel, Charlie (November 27, 1978). "Huskies blitz Cougars in one-sided debacle". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 21. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=G7MSAAAAIBAJ&sjid=EvkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6730%2C2976956.
- ↑ "Hoosiers ambush UW 14-7". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. F1. September 24, 1978. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=uPZLAAAAIBAJ&sjid=7-0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6860%2C4189862.
- ↑ Missildine, Harry (November 25, 1978). "Stakes are sufficient". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 21. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=oEpOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=De4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6457%2C4327983.
- ↑ Killen, John (November 25, 1978). "Cougs vs. Huskies". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=9MteAAAAIBAJ&sjid=nzIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5441%2C9785143.