For the third and presumably final time this season, the Washington Huskies have their 2020-21 schedule.
The Jimmy Lake era is on the horizon but getting to this point has been the complete opposite of the smooth sailing that can be seen outside of Husky Stadium on game days.
A cloud of confusion has lingered over the Pac-12 conference regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and how to go about it but after monitoring the rest of the college football world, they have decided that the show must go on.
Not only will Pac-12 stadiums be without fans, but they’ll also host fewer games than usual as each team will play only seven games. Five of those games will be intra-division battles and one will be a crossover. The final game of the season will come during the week of the Pac-12 Championship on December 18th, the remaining teams that did not qualify will compete in crossover games in their conference finale.
The excitement and anticipation have been brewing since the Pac-12’s return dating back September 24th’s announcement, so without further ado, here is the Washington Huskies 2020-21 football schedule.
Week 1: California Golden Bears @ California Memorial Stadium
Junior QB Chase Garbers is a talent to watch for but UW knows that all too well.
Garbers will enter this match-up with an undefeated record against the Huskies but much of that credit goes to the feisty Cal defense who limited both Jake Browning and Jacob Eason in their previous victories. In 2018, Cal upset the 15th ranked Dawgs in a 12-10 stunner, and in 2019 lightning struck twice (literally) as they upset the #14 Huskies 20-19 in a stormy Husky Stadium.
Week 2: Oregon State Beavers @ Husky Stadium
The Beavers have not been able to beat the Huskies since Marvel’s “The Avengers” was released to theaters… yeah.
The Huskies have the opportunity to extend their winning streak to nine games over their combatants from Corvallis. Last year, the teetering Huskies prevailed with a 19-7 win over OSU at Reser Stadium. UW has punished the Beavers in every contest since losing in 2011. Perhaps it’s redemption from the infamous Nick Montana game?
Week 3: Arizona Wildcats @ Husky Stadium
The Huskies hold a three-game winning streak over the ‘Cats.
Washington’s lone regular-season crossover game will come against the Wildcats from Tucson, a team that has not been able to get the best of the Dawgs since 27-26 victory over in the Desert back in 2014.
Week 4: Washington State @ Martin Stadium
It’s now been 2,871 days since the Cougars last knocked off the Huskies.
The Apple Cup will be played in the Palouse on the usual Friday after Thanksgiving. The Huskies look to continue their dominance over Wazzu as they have not lost to WSU since 2012. Since suffering that loss, UW has been flawless, winning by double digits in seven straight games. This year’s matchup will be the first of the Jimmy Lake - Nick Rolovich era as both coaches are set to finally lead their respective programs after much delay.
Week 5: Stanford Cardinal @ Husky Stadium
Since the Huskies walloped the Cardinal back in 2016, and pretty much everyone else, this match-up has been a toss-up.
It’s safe to say that UW took their lumps last season and one of those came against Stanford but outside of that, the two teams have alternated wins throughout the previous four seasons with the home team always coming away victorious. This matchup should bode well for the Dawgs if the pattern stays consistent.
Week 6: Oregon Ducks @ Autzen Stadium
The biggest game of the year is the season finale.
There is simply not a clash with more anticipation than the one between the two contenders from the Pacific Northwest. Since 2016, the Ducks and Dawgs have each won two games apiece as the rivalry has finally begun to reach its full potential. UW let out years of pent-up frustration as they walked all over UO in 2016 and 2017 but the Quacks came storming and took two of their own in two classic battles on ESPN. The Huskies will look to get back into the win column in a battle that could very much determine who dons the Pac-12 North crown.
Week 7: Conference Championship, TBD
Here is a look at the full slate for the Pac-12.