Welcome to the first installment of the West’s Best Bets. Today, we begin our ultimate road trip in the Pacific Northwest when we touch-down in the Emerald City – Seattle, Washington.
Home to the one of the oldest public universities on the West Coast is the University of Washington which lies on 10 acres in downtown Seattle. Best known for its rainy weather, coffee and fish markets, Seattle and the University of Washington are absolutely gorgeous…when the sun is out.
Now on to the criteria:
- Football – 4 National Championships, Bowl Record of 16-14-1 with seven Rose Bowl victories and 15 Conference Championships.
- Men’s Basketball – 16 tournament appearances, five Sweet Sixteens and one Final Four. 20 regular season championships and three Conference Tournament Championships.
- Softball – 3 Conference Championships, 19 Tournament appearances, 10 WCWS appearances and a National Championship in 2009.
- Baseball – 8 Tournament appearances
- 67 National Championships in other sports with Swimming & Diving, Rowing & Track & Field all in double digits.
The sheer number of titles and championships date back to the 1920’s and as recent as this year in Rowing is outstanding and a true testament to their Championship mentality. I award the University of Washington 25 out of a possible 30 points.
With the exception of US Women’s soccer gold medal winning goalie, Hope Solo and actress Anna Faris; the women at the University of Washington didn’t really stand out too much. They seemed a little too wrapped up in their galoshes and umbrellas but there was an underlying hotness that if they were on a beach, all that would change. – 19 out of 25 possible points.
Local Bars & Pubs
Since the University of Washington is in the heart of downtown Seattle and the city basically grew around the University, there are plenty of bars nearby, but they are not all necessarily college bars. In the downtown area alone, your typical college student looking to watch the game or just throw back a beer has numerous options. There are also several breweries in the city including the world famous Pyramid Breweries – 18 out of 20 possible points.
Everybody knows about the constant rain in Seattle, but when it is not raining, it is absolutely beautiful. Located in between Portage and Union Bays, the temperature doesn’t fluctuate too much, rarely going into the 90’s in the summer or below freezing in the winter – 10 out of 15 possible points.
The University currently has 136 Fulbright Scholars and 35 Rhodes Scholars and awarded over 14,000 degrees last year including 723 Doctoral and 528 Professional degrees – 8 out of 10 possible points.
FINAL GRADE 80%
Across the state of Washington near the border of Idaho lies the little town of Pullman. This farming town has a population of just over 27, 000 and has a student population of approximately the same over four campuses. This northwestern gem is a Mecca for athletes and students that can focus on their studies or hone their athleticism without the hustle & bustle of the big city…or even a medium sized one.
Nowhere near the level of amount of Championships as their cross-state rival, but they dominate the nearby University of Idaho in Moscow. I award Washington State University – 15 out of a possible 30 points.
Not much going on here- 13 out of 25 possible points.
Local Bars & Pubs
Once again, disappointed – 10 out of 20 possible points.
Located in the southwestern portion of the state in farming country, Pullman and WSU experience much colder winters including snow storms and freezing temperatures. Being that is surrounded by what is called the Palouse prairie with rolling hills, their summers also tend to be hot and dry – 7 out of 15 possible points.
The school’s latest numbers show that the average GPA of incoming freshmen is 3.34 and an average SAT score of 1070. They offer 47 doctoral degrees and 2 Professional degrees – 5 out of 10 possible points.
FINAL GRADE 50%
An overwhelming victory for the University of Washington Huskies much like the lopsided history of the Apple Cup itself which UW leads 67-31. If you are looking to go to school in Washington and are torn, take a good look at this list to help you with your decision. If you are like myself and looking for a good college party town then Seattle and U-Dub has it going on.