The Washington Huskies this morning announced sweeping changes to their future non-conference schedule largely in response to last season’s Michigan game in Seattle getting cancelled. Instead the Wolverines will travel to play at Washington in 2028. In order to make room for that game the home and home series with Michigan State previously scheduled for 2028 and 2031 has been moved up to 2022 and 2023.
In addition to the 3 re-arranged games with the power conference schools there were also an additional 5 games announced. Portland State was also added for 2022 as the FCS “C” slot in the non-con schedule. A pair of games with Boise State are new with both happening in Husky stadium in 2023 and 2029. Colorado State will play a home game against Washington in 2025 to kick off that season and finally Eastern Michigan will travel to Seattle in 2024.
The moves secure the fact that the Big 10 will be the primary non-conference opponent in almost every season through the rest of the decade. Washington now has home and homes scheduled with Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State over the next 8 seasons with 2026 and 2027 serving as the only gaps that need to be filled. We’ll see if perhaps the Dawgs are able to take advantage and end up in a premier neutral site matchup in the new Las Vegas stadium in either of those years.
With these changes the current known elements for the non-conference schedule as it stands are the following:
2021: MONTANA, at Michigan, ARKANSAS STATE
2022: KENT STATE, PORTLAND STATE, MICHIGAN STATE
2023: BOISE STATE, TULSA, at Michigan State
2024: WEBER STATE, EASTERN MICHIGAN, OHIO STATE
2025: COLORADO STATE, UC DAVIS, at Ohio State
2026: EASTERN WASHINGTON + 2 unknowns
2027: FRESNO STATE, NEVADA + 1 unknown
2028: EASTERN WASHINGTON, MICHIGAN + 1 unknown
2029: BOISE STATE + 2 unknowns