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Washington Huskies 2016 Conference Schedule Announced

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Guess what? UW plays Oregon and Stanford back-to-back next season.

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The PAC 12 dropped its 2016 football schedules last night.  UW fans will not be surprised to learn that they will be facing Oregon and Stanford on back-to-back weekends or that the Apple Cup will be on yet another Friday after Thanksgiving...in Pullman.

Here is the full schedule:

Sat 9/3:  Rutgers @ UW

Sat 9/10:  Idaho @ UW

Sat 9/17:  Portland St @ UW

Sat 9/24:  UW @ Arizona

Fri 9/30:  Stanford @ UW

Sat 10/8:  UW @ Oregon

Sat 10/15:  BYE

Sat 10/22:  Oregon St @ UW

Sat 10/29:  UW @ Utah

Sat 11/5:  UW @ Cal

Sat 11/12:  USC @ UW

Sat 11/19:  Arizona St @ UW

Fri 11/25:  UW @ WSU

Some early impressions from the schedule:

  • Playing Stanford then Oregon on back-to-back (short) weeks is not ideal.  It is the fifth time in seven years that the PAC 12 has handed down this scheduling quirk, which has many Husky fans thinking that there is a special place in Hell for whomever created the algorithm that keeps this tradition alive.
  • UW's BYE week comes conveniently in the exact middle of the schedule.
  • The Huskies are on a 5-road game conference schedule rotation in 2016.  The fact that the first road game is the conference opener (@ Arizona) spreads the impact out a bit.  UW has only one stretch in the season where they will play two straight weeks away from Husky Stadium:  @ Utah then @ Cal in late October/early November.
  • The Friday Apple Cup in Pullman is an obvious turd for Husky fans.  However, it's not necessarily a bad thing for UW to go on the road to what will be a mostly empty Martin Stadium with what many Husky fans hope will be a divisional championship still in reach.
  • No Thursday night games in 2016.
Here is the full PAC 12 Conference Schedule for 2016

2016 Pac-12 Football Schedule

Sat., Aug. 27 Hawai'i vs. CALIFORNIA (1)
Thurs., Sept. 1 Southern Utah at UTAH
OREGON STATE at Minnesota
Fri., Sept. 2 Colorado State vs. COLORADO (2)
Kansas State at STANFORD
Sat., Sept. 3 ARIZONA vs. BYU (3)
Northern Arizona at ARIZONA STATE
USC vs. Alabama (4)
UCLA at Texas A&M
UC Davis at OREGON
Rutgers at WASHINGTON
Eastern Washington at WASHINGTON STATE
Sat., Sept. 10 Grambling at ARIZONA
Texas Tech at ARIZONA STATE
Utah State at USC
UNLV at UCLA
Idaho State at COLORADO
BYU at UTAH
Virginia at OREGON
Idaho at WASHINGTON
WASHINGTON STATE at Boise State
CALIFORNIA at San Diego State
Sat,. Sept. 17 Hawai'i at ARIZONA
ARIZONA STATE at UTSA
USC at STANFORD
UCLA at BYU
COLORADO at Michigan
UTAH at San Jose State
OREGON at Nebraska
Idaho State at OREGON STATE
Portland State at WASHINGTON
Idaho at WASHINGTON STATE
Texas at CALIFORNIA
Fri., Sept. 23 USC at UTAH
Sat., Sept. 24 WASHINGTON at ARIZONA
CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA STATE
STANFORD at UCLA
COLORADO at OREGON
Boise State at OREGON STATE
Fri., Sept. 30 STANFORD at WASHINGTON
Sat., Oct. 1 ARIZONA at UCLA
ARIZONA STATE at USC
OREGON STATE at COLORADO
UTAH at CALIFORNIA
OREGON at WASHINGTON STATE
Sat., Oct. 8 ARIZONA at UTAH
UCLA at ARIZONA STATE
COLORADO at USC
WASHINGTON at OREGON
CALIFORNIA at OREGON STATE
WASHINGTON STATE at STANFORD
Sat., Oct. 15 USC at ARIZONA
ARIZONA STATE at COLORADO
UCLA at WASHINGTON STATE
UTAH at OREGON STATE
STANFORD at Notre Dame
Fri., Oct. 21 OREGON at CALIFORNIA
Sat., Oct. 22 WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA STATE
UTAH at UCLA
COLORADO at STANFORD
OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON
Thurs. Oct. 27 CALIFORNIA at USC
Sat., Oct. 29 STANFORD at ARIZONA
ARIZONA STATE at OREGON
WASHINGTON at UTAH
WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON STATE
Thurs., Nov. 3 UCLA at COLORADO
Sat., Nov. 5 ARIZONA at WASHINGTON STATE
OREGON at USC
OREGON STATE at STANFORD
WASHINGTON at CALIFORNIA
Thurs., Nov. 10 UTAH at ARIZONA STATE
Sat., Nov. 12 COLORADO at ARIZONA
USC at WASHINGTON
OREGON STATE at UCLA
STANFORD at OREGON
CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON STATE
Sat., Nov. 19 ARIZONA at OREGON STATE
ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON
USC at UCLA
WASHINGTON STATE at COLORADO
OREGON AT UTAH
STANFORD AT CALIFORNIA
Fri., Nov. 25 ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA
WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE
Sat., Nov. 26 UCLA at CALIFORNIA
UTAH at COLORADO
OREGON AT OREGON STATE
Rice at STANFORD
Notre Dame at USC
Fri., Dec. 2 Pac-12 Football Championship Game (5) (FOX)
  1. ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia
  2. Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colo.
  3. University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
  4. AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
  5. Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.