In the months leading up to the kickoff of the 2013 football season, the Oregon State and Washington programs found themselves in very similar positions. Both universities ended their 2012 seasons with disappointing bowl game losses. Oregon State took a ten point lead into the fourth quarter of the Alamo Bowl, only to watch Texas score the final 14 points to send the Beavers reeling home. Washington, on the other hand, witnessed a one point lead over Boise State evaporate with slightly more than one minute remaining in the Las Vegas Bowl, as the Broncos sent a field goal sailing through the uprights for the final score. While the Beavers finished with nine wins, a rare sight historically for the orange and black, the sting of losing a potential ten-win season left fans discussing what-if scenarios all throughout the summer. Despite only winning seven games, the Huskies could find comfort in knowing that four of their six losses were to ranked teams.
Even with the disappointing bowl games, the changing colors of the autumn leaves brought with them new hope for each program in the form of an upcoming 2013 season. With a solid core of talent returning to their respective programs, each team anticipated a season in which they would shake up the PAC-12 and challenge for positioning in a conference that had become Oregon, Stanford, and everyone else. Now, with December frosts arriving all throughout the northwest, it appears that both programs have also frozen over, as they both hold a 6-4 record that feels much worse in both cases, due to Washington losing four of their last six and Oregon State dropping their last three straight.