Wisconsin, Minnesota, Hawaii Highlight Future Football Schedules

Feb. 16, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. - Wisconsin and Minnesota from the Big Ten Conference and Hawaii out of the Western Athletic Conference have been added to future Washington State University football schedules, according to WSU Director of Athletics Jim Sterk and Bill Doba, WSU's head football coach.

'This is a great opportunity for home and home games with outstanding teams,' Sterk said in releasing the upcoming games. 'I am very excited we can bring two well-known Big Ten teams to our venues and play quality teams on the road. There is no doubt our two trips to Hawaii will also excite both our players and our fans.'

'We are looking forward to the challenges these programs will bring to WSU and believe the level of our program will allow us to compete with teams like Wisconsin and Minnesota,' Doba said. 'I know playing two of the three Hawaii games in Honolulu will be something our players and fans will anticipate,' he added in echoing Sterk's thoughts.

The Cougars and Wisconsin Badgers will meet three times over the next nine years, with the first meeting kicking off WSU's 2007 schedule Sept. 1, at Madison. WSU will host the Badgers to kickoff the 2013 season and the following year plays at Wisconsin. WSU and Wisconsin have played each other once, a 1976 contest at Madison won by the Badgers, 35-26.

The Minnesota Gophers have been added to WSU's schedule in 2010 and 2011, a home and home series that begins Sept. 18, at Minneapolis. The following season, 2011, WSU will host Minnesota in the season opener Sept. 3. WSU has won three of five previous match-ups with the Gophers.

The two teams first met in 1965 when the Cardiac Kids pulled out a 14-13 win on the road. The last meeting between the two teams was a 41-9 Cougar victory in 1988 by WSU's Aloha Bowl bound team, quarterbacked by current assistant coach Timm Rosenbach. WSU also won a 1971 battle at Minneapolis 31-20, while the Gophers prevailed 28-14 in 1976 and 41-11 in 1982.

The Cougars and Hawaii have agreed upon a three-game series that starts with a WSU trip to the Islands at the end of the 2008 schedule, Nov. 29. The following season WSU will host the Rainbows Sept. 12, then conclude the 2011 season with a Nov. 26 game at Honolulu.

The Cougars have won two of three previous games against Hawaii, although the Rainbows won the first game 20-11 at the end of the 1925 season. Four years later WSU won 28-7 to conclude the 1929 season, then prevailed 22-14 at the end of the 1999 season.

WSU's football schedule for both the 2006 and 2007 seasons are complete, with next fall's campaign opening at Auburn Sept. 2, in a game to be televised nationally by ESPN. Game times have not been set for any of WSU's 2006 contests.

Sterk also confirmed UNLV is scheduled for a home and home series with WSU. The Rebels will play at WSU early in the 2011 season, with the return game at Las Vegas the following season.

Ohio State, previously on WSU's schedule in 2009, has cancelled the game, which was a return engagement for the Cougars' trip to Columbus in 2002. Sterk said he is negotiating with several potential opponents and that Ohio State officials have indicated they would pay a penalty to cancel the contract.

The Pacific-10 Conference has yet to finalize the league's 2008 schedule.

2006 - Washington State
Sept. 2 at Auburn (ESPN2)
Sept. 9 IDAHO
Sept. 16 BAYLOR/Seattle

Sept. 23 at Stanford
Sept. 30 USC
Oct. 7 at Oregon State
Oct. 21 OREGON (FD)

Oct. 28 at UCLA
Nov. 11 at Arizona State

2007 - Washington State
Sept. 1 at Wisconsin
Sept. 8 SAN DIEGO STATE/Seattle
Sept. 15 IDAHO

Sept. 22 at USC
Sept. 29 at Arizona
Oct. 13 at Oregon
Oct. 27 UCLA (FD)

Nov. 3 at California
Nov. 17 at Washington

HC = Homecoming
FD = Future Cougar Day
DD = Dads' Day
AFD = Armed Forces Day

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