In case you missed it earlier, ESPN.com’s Pac-12 blog printed the conference schedule rotation for 2013 for every team — here it is.
And that allows us to take the best look yet at UW’s schedule for 2013.
As a reminder, here are the future non-conference schedules for UW.
As you can see, UW’s non-conference schedule for 2013 looks like this:
Aug. 31 — Boise State
Sept. 14 — vs. Illinois at Solider Field
Sept. 21 — Idaho State
I never say never to things possibly changing. But there is no expectation that opponents will change, and I haven’t heard any rumblings of dates changing — you may recall the Boise State opener was originally set for Sept. 7 before it was moved ahead a week earlier.
And as you can see in the Pac-12 link above, UW’s home and road conference opponents look like this:
Home: Arizona, Cal, Colorado, Oregon, WSU.
Away: Arizona State, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA
That means UW misses Utah and USC (and yes, that Pac-12 expansion basically means UW trades a home-and-home with USC the next two years for a home-and-home with Colorado — probably easier on the won-loss slate but maybe not as much fun to watch).
That does indeed mean seven home games, and in six you can make the case UW will be favored — all but Oregon.
The away games are all tricky and you could also make a case that when Las Vegas sets its odds, UW might not be favored to win any of them — again, I’m not saying I expect UW to lose them but that knowing what we know today, it’s possible the odds could have UW at least a slight underdog in all of those road games.
So it’s a schedule that potentially has some advantages over this year’s — one more home game, for instance, and no ominous road game against an LSU. But it’s also far from a free ride to 10 wins.
As for dates, it’s possible one of the conference games could slide into that Sept. 7 opening, allowing UW another bye later in the year. However, with the calender the way it is next year, UW is already assured two byes, so it could keep that date open and then have another bye later in the year. The Pac-12 title game next year is set for Dec. 6.