Oct. 6, 2009
SEATTLE - The University of Washington has made a number of changes to its future football schedules, including the addition of home-and-away series with the University of Hawai'i and the University of Wisconsin as well as a single game against Eastern Washington.
"We've made some enhancements to our future schedules that, I think, will really serve our program well," said head coach Steve Sarkisian. "It is a delicate balance to build schedules that provide the best opportunity for our team to be at peak performance. It is important to gain depth and experience as we compete for Pac-10 and national championships year-in and year-out. And, since our fans have such a great reputation for being loyal and loud, we want to have as many home games in Husky Stadium as we possibly can.
"I think it will be a great thing for the Pacific Northwest to play a team like Eastern Washington that has a solid regional appeal. Hawai'i and Wisconsin are two programs that annually compete at a high level and should provide really strong tests for our program."
Washington will host cross-state opponent Eastern Washington in the season-opening game for both teams on Sept. 3, 2011, in Husky Stadium. Washington has never faced EWU in its football history that began in 1889.
The Huskies will face Hawai'i on Dec. 7, 2013, in Honolulu and Sept. 19, 2015, at Husky Stadium. Washington has faced the Warriors just three times in history, with the last meeting watching 10th-ranked UH take a 35-28 decision in 2007 in Honolulu. The two teams are scheduled to play the second game of that original series on Sept.10, 2011, at Husky Stadium.
Washington will travel to Madison, Wis. on Sept. 2, 2017, in the first of a home-and-away series against Wisconsin from the Big Ten Conference. The Badgers will visit Husky Stadium on Sept. 1, 2018. Washington has played Wisconsin four times in history, including the Huskies' first-ever Rose Bowl victory - a 44-8 win in 1960 under Coach Jim Owens. The last time the two teams played, 2nd-ranked Washington defeated the Badgers 27-10 at Husky Stadium in 1992.
The Eastern Washington game replaces a home-and-away series against Brigham Young University that was originally scheduled for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The canceled contract does not affect the 2010 matchup to be played in Provo. Washington is working to fill an opening for its season-opener on Sept. 1, 2012.