While it pales in comparison to the real reason for holiday, Memorial Day also is often viewed as the unofficial beginning of summer. Which also means we’re officially that much closer to college football season.
And when that season begins, the Huskies will be facing the second-toughest schedule in the country, according to college football guru Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com. Here’s his list of the 10 hardest schedules in the country
Feldman doesn’t say anything hardcore UW fans don’t already know — namely, that the Huskies face a brutal first-half of the season with four games against teams that could all be ranked among the top 12-15 in the country, including three that could be in the top five (LSU, USC, Oregon), two on the road (LSU, Oregon).
As Feldman further notes, the question isn’t also just UW’s record after the first six games but also how it emerges through that stretch mentally and physically — the second half of the schedule, featuring four out of six on the road — is far from easy and could look a lot more dicey if the Huskies are beat up.
When the issue of the schedule is raised, it seems like there are usually some questions about why this year’s schedule is any harder than last year’s when in a lot of ways it looks the same — the same nine conference foes and what is just about as true an A-B-C non-conference schedule as you can get.
But the reasons why this schedule looks a little tougher than last year’s seem obvious — LSU, the marquee non-conference foe (or the A) is better than Nebraska was last year, and of the nine conference games, five are on the road this year as opposed to four last year.
None of this is to suggest that the Huskies can’t have a successful year, merely that they won’t have the easiest path to get there.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Expect TV designations and start times for some UW games to come soon — probably in early June. For those who can’t wait, Matt’s College Sports Media Blog takes a stab at predicting the times and TV assignments for all games in week one, week two and week three (as noted here before, the LSU game is definitely on an ABC/ESPN property and set for 6 or 8 p.m. local time).
— Here’s another optimistic assessment of Chris Polk’s chances to make the Eagles.