Any worry over the impact of the Washington football team missing out on trips to Los
Angeles due to the new Pac-12 alignment will have to wait a little while.
The football schedules for the 2011 Pac-12 season — the first for the newly expanded conference — have been completed, and Washington’s reveals that the Huskies will go right back to Los Angeles next season, playing at USC. UW also played at USC last month, winning 32-31.
The Huskies will play each of the new members of the conference, traveling to Utah and hosting Colorado, missing longtime conference foes UCLA and Arizona State in the process.
UW’s non-conference schedule remains unchanged. The schedules should be officically announced soon but this is expected to be what UW’s will look like.
With the conference now split into divisions and a conference title game played the first week of December, UW will play 12 games over 13 weeks, meaning it will have one in-season bye.
That means that the Apple Cup will be held on Nov. 26, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
That game will be played at Qwest Field as UW will move out of Husky Stadium a few weeks early to get started with the renovation of the stadium.
And that means UW’s last game in the old Husky Stadium will now be on Nov. 5 against Oregon.
The conference expanded to 12 teams this summer and split into North and South divisions last month. UW is in the North with WSU, Oregon, OSU, Stanford and Cal and will play each of those teams each season and four of the six in the south.
However, Stanford and Cal will play USC and UCLA each season, meaning that the other North teams will play UCLA and USC less often. Some have wondered if less exposure to the two LA schools might impact recruiting in southern California, a key provider of talent for all conference schools.
Here is a look at UW’s 2011 schedule:
Sept. 3 — Eastern Washington
Sept. 10 — Hawaii
Sept. 17 — at Nebraska
Sept. 24 — Cal
Oct. 1 — at Utah
Oct. 8 — BYE
Oct. 15 — Colorado
Oct. 22 — at Stanford
Oct. 29 — Arizona
Nov. 5 — Oregon
Nov. 12 — at USC
Nov. 19 — at Oregon State
Nov. 26 — Washington State
Dec. 3 — Pac-12 championship game
Here’s what UW’s schedule was going to look like prior to expansion.