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January 3, 2007 at 4:39 PM

Huskies to have toughest schedule in 07?

Nothing that has happened during the bowl season has disabused the notion that the Huskies could have the toughest schedule in the country next season — and possibly the most star-studded home schedule in school history.
Here’s a chart developed by the UW sports information staff that details the schedule and what those teams have done this season:
Overall Conference
Date Opponent Record Record (finish) Bowl Result
Sept. 1 at Syracuse (Big East) 4-8 1-7 (t7th) n/a
Sept. 8 Boise State (WAC) 13-0 8-0 (1st) W, 43-42 (ot) vs. Oklahoma in Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Sept. 15 Ohio State (Big Ten) 12-0 8-0 (1st) vs. Florida in BCS Title Game
Sept. 22 at UCLA* 7-6 5-4 (4th) L, 44-27 vs. Florida State in Emerald Bowl
Sept. 29 USC* 11-2 7-2 (t1st) W, 32-18 vs. Michigan in Rose Bowl
Oct. 6 California* 10-3 7-2 (t1st) W, 45-10 vs. Texas A&M in Pacific Life Holiday Bowl
Oct. 13 at Arizona State* 7-6 4-5 (t5th) L, 41-24 vs. Hawai’i in Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl
Oct. 20 Oregon* 7-6 4-5 (t5th) L, 38-8 vs BYU in Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl
Oct. 27 Arizona* 6-6 4-5 (t5th) n/a
Nov. 3 at Stanford* 1-11 1-8 (10th) n/a
Nov. 10 at Oregon State* 9-4 6-3 (3rd) W, 39-38 vs. Missouri in Brut Sun Bowl
Nov. 17 Washington State* 6-6 4-5 (t5th) n/a
Total 93-58 (.616) 59-46 (.562)
Also, again thanks to UW PR staff, here are a few notes on UW’s 2007 Schedule (Prior to BCS Title Game)
— UW opponents averaged 7.75 wins during the 2006 season and won 62 percent of their games overall.
— Eight of UW’s 12 opponents appeared in bowl games.
— 10 of UW’s 12 opponents were bowl eligible.
— Three of UW’s 12 opponents appeared in BCS bowl games.
— UW opponents went 4-3 in bowl appearances (before BCS game).
— Five of UW’s 12 opponents were ranked among the national top-25 in the final regular-season polls.
— 10 of UW’s 12 opponents registered a winning record in 2006.
— Four of UW’s 12 opponents finished as conference champions or co-champions (Big Ten, WAC and Pac-10). All four are on UW’s home schedule.
— UW’s non-conference opponents finished with a 29-8 overall record (all 8 losses were by Syracuse). Two went undefeated.
As for my own thoughts:
USC, Ohio State and Boise State all could be ranked in the top 10 teams heading into next season — though BSU suffers from significant losses that might move it lower — and it’s always possible another Pac-10 team sneaks into the top 10 (Cal or UCLA seeming the most likely).
The last time UW faced three top 10 teams in one season was 2003 (Ohio State, which was No. 2; USC, 5; and Washington State 8).
Amazingly enough, I couldn’t find a time UW has played two non-conference teams in the regular season that were each ranked in the top 10 since 1975 when UW hosted No. 8 Texas and played at No. 7 Alabama.
And I couldn’t ever find a team when UW hosted two non-conference teams that were each in the top 10. The last time UW played two non-conference teams that were each ranked was 1986 — Ohio State, which was No. 10, and BYU (11).

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