AP No. 10
Head coach Don James (7th year)
|Coaches No. 7|
1981 record 10–2 (6–2 Pac-10)
|Defensive coordinator Jim Lambright (5th year)|
The 1981 Washington Huskies football team was an American football team that represented the University of Washington during the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season. In its seventh season under head coach Don James, the team compiled a 10–2 record, finished in first place in the Pacific-10 Conference, defeated Iowa in the 1981 Rose Bowl, and outscored its opponents by a combined total of 281 to 171. Mark Jerue was selected as the team's most valuable player. Jerue, James Carter, Vince Coby, and Fletcher Jenkins were the team captains.