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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

September 19, 2006 at 10:58 AM

No bye here

As I wrote today, the Huskies won’t have a bye this season.
This week they play at UCLA team that is coming off of a bye. Whether that makes much of a difference is open to debate. As I pointed out in the story, one of UW’s worst performances last year — the blowout at Oregon — came after the Huskies’ only bye.
Hopefully, the story answers your questions why UW doesn’t have a bye this season. The short answer is that the new NCAA rule allowing 12 games means every weekend between Labor Day and Thanksgiving is filled up. The only way to get a bye is to move a game after Thanksgiving. UW hasn’t been able to do that yet. The most logical way would be to move the Apple Cup. But that causes all kinds of problems in terms of tradition andd logistics, as I point out in the story.
Someone else asked why UW will play at Oregon for the third straight year.
The not-so-short short answer is this: In the late ’80s, the Pac-10 decided to go to a standardized schedule with every team playing eight other teams, skipping one team. The plan was to skip each of the eight other teams other than a team’s traditional rival — for UW that means WSU, etc. — for two straight years. Thus, UW didn’t play UCLA in 1991 and 1992, etc.
But some teams didn’t want to skip other teams — notably, Oregon wanted to keep playing UW, and the four California schools didn’t want to miss any of the other California schoosl, etc. Putting some of those games back on the schedule, however, messed up the original 16-year schedule plan and created some problems — thus UW has been at Oregon for three straight years, while Oregon has gone to WSU three straight, etc.
It seems it would be easy to just flip those games around, but league officials say it’s not, that it would create a domino effect that would be even worse.

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