The Pac-12 has released a new, 10-game, conference only football schedule for the upcoming 2020 season. Beginning the final weekend of September, the Washington Huskies will have the same four home opponents and same five road opponents as they did on the original 2020 calendar, with the addition of a new home game against UCLA. The order of games has been considerably jumbled, however, with the Apple Cup being the only game that has preserved its original date.
|New Date||2020 UW Opponent||Site||Previous Date|
|Saturday, September 26||Stanford||Husky Stadium||November 7|
|Saturday, October 3||Arizona||Husky Stadium||October 23 (Fri.)|
|Saturday, October 10||at Cal||Berkeley, Calif.||October 31|
|Saturday, October 24||Oregon State||Husky Stadium||October 10|
|Saturday, October 31||at Oregon||Eugene, Ore.||October 3|
|Friday, November 6||Colorado||Husky Stadium||November 21|
|Saturday, November 14||at Utah||Salt Lake City, Utah||October 17|
|Saturday, November 21||UCLA||Husky Stadium||new opponent|
|Friday, November 27||at Washington State||Pullman, Wash.||same date|
|Saturday, December 5||at USC||Los Angeles, Calif.||November 14|
To me, the biggest differences between the original Pac-12 schedule for the Huskies and the new release are:
- The obvious addition of a 10th game and a fifth home game, November 21st against UCLA. I like the idea of a SoCal team having to play in potentially miserable weather at Husky Stadium the weekend before Thanksgiving.
- The Oregon game being moved to Halloween, which is both good news and bad news. The good news is: it’s Washington at Oregon on Halloween, which should make for a fun rivalry game. The bad news is: UW originally had a bye before heading to Autzen, which meant they had an extra week to prepare for the Ducks. Now, not only is that bye week gone, but Oregon has somehow secured their open date the week before Washington, meaning any extra advantage the Huskies had has now completely turned in Oregon’s favor.
- The Apple Cup is not the last game scheduled for the regular season. The Huskies wrap up in December at USC.
- Washington’s bye week is October 17th, as is Arizona’s and Stanford’s, so if the Huskies have to bang one of the first two games for any reason, they have a ready-made make up date on the calendar. December 12th is also being held as an open date for the rest of the league.
- The Pac-12 Championship game will not be held in Las Vegas this year as originally planned, but will instead move to a host site slated for December 18-19th.
- UW’s original Pac-12 schedule had an almost never seen symmetry to it. With five road and four home games, the Dawgs were going to open on the road and close on the road, literally alternating road-home-road-home for the entirety of the league season. This schedule has an even number of home and road games, but it’s not nearly as neatly balanced. The Huskies burn up four of their home games in the first six games, and will close out with three of their last four on the road.
- I’ve heard no official news about fans at games, and I would imagine that will be determined by each local university, county, city and state.