Washington Football Makes 2007 Schedule Changes

Jan. 19, 2007

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    SEATTLE -- After playing 12-straight games without a break and enduring a season plagued with of a variety of injuries and fatigue, the University of Washington football team will enjoy a weekend off next year as the Pacific-10 Conference announced a number of changes to its 2007 football schedule.

    In addition, Washington has tentatively agreed to conclude its regular season on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the University of Hawai'i. The addition of the game, which will be played at Aloha Stadium, will give Washington a NCAA-allowable 13 regular-season contests in 2007. The exact details of the contract are still pending and are subject to the scheduling of a return game at the UW at a future date.

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    'Hawai'i has a much-respected program under the direction of June Jones and returns an outstanding quarterback in Colt Brennan,' said Willingham. 'Hawai'i will present a great challenge for us and I think, as our program continues to develop, we should be well-prepared for the opportunity to play them.'

    The Huskies' game at home against California that was originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6 will now be played on Nov. 17 and the UW will now have an open weekend on Oct. 6, following its Sept. 29 home contest against USC.

    With the change of the Cal game, the annual Apple Cup rivalry game between Washington and in-state rival Washington State will take place on Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday, Nov. 24. The contest will mark the 100th football contest between the two schools and is expected to culminate a number of events that will celebrate the history of the rivalry.

    'Having an open date during our season will provide our team with the ability to recover both physically and mentally and give us the best possible opportunity for success,' said Washington head coach Tyrone Willingham. 'Everything we do in our program deals with putting our players and coaches in a position to grow and develop. The bye week and the addition of the 13th game on our schedule at Hawai'i should contribute to that development in a positive manner.'

    Overall, Washington will play seven home games at venerable Husky Stadium in 2007, including contests against Boise State, Ohio State, USC, Oregon, Arizona, California and Washington State.

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    'We are very pleased with the changes made to our schedule for a few very important and distinct reasons,' said Todd Turner, UW's director of athletics. 'We have been able to create a bye week for our team in the middle of the season, which is something we did not have last year. We believe this is very important to the welfare of our student-athletes and to the competitiveness of our team in its goal of winning a Pac-10 championship.

    'The movement of the Apple Cup enables us to work with our counterparts at Washington State to create a special week of celebration activities leading up to the 100th game between the two teams. We are working cooperatively to find ways to use the holiday week to highlight the numerous contributions both institutions make to improve the quality of life in our state and to add to the great football rivalry.

    'The addition of the Hawai'i series should be one that our fans, players and coaches will enjoy. We have a large number of alumni as well as a significant number of students who are from Hawai'i, so there are a number of positive advantages to playing this series.' With nine of its 13 opponents advancing to bowls in 2006 and four finishing the season as outright or shared conference champions, the Washington football team will play arguably the toughest schedule in the nation. Two of UW's four non-league opponents - Boise State and Ohio State - combined for a 25-1 overall record and joined USC as BCS bowl participants. A total of 11 of the teams on Washington's schedule finished the season as bowl eligible with at least six overall wins in its record.

    he Husky football team is tentatively scheduled to open the 2007 on Sept. 1 at Syracuse University from the Big East Conference before returning home for a pair of non-conference home games against BCS participants Boise State (Sept. 8) and Ohio State (Sept. 15) in Husky Stadium.

    Washington opens Pac-10 action on Sept. 22 in Pasadena, Calif. against UCLA then returns home to host defending conference co-champion USC (Sept. 29) prior to its off-week. Following a trip to Arizona State on Oct. 13, UW will host interstate rival Oregon on Oct. 20 for only the second time since 1999 then hosts Arizona on Oct. 27.

    Following road games at Stanford (Nov. 3) and Oregon State (Nov. 10), Washington will host defending Pac-10 co-champion Cal on Nov. 17 before culminating its regular-season home schedule with a Nov. 24 contest against in-state rival Washington State in the 100th football game between the two schools.

    The Huskies will conclude the 2007 with the first meeting against Hawai'i since 1973 and its first regular-season trip to the island since 1938.

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