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Hot Cougar Action: A closer look at the 2013 football schedule

With the Auburn game set, we take a closer look at WSU's 2013 football schedule.

Kevin C. Cox

We already knew WSU was going to play Auburn next season, but with the Tigers releasing their 2013 schedule this week, we now know that game will be on August 31.

With the Idaho game already set for September 21, the non-conference schedule is taking shape. WSU and BYU haven't officially announced a date yet, but we can make an educated guess. With Pac-12 scheduling rules limiting non-conference games to the first four weeks of the season and the open dates in BYU's 2013 schedule, we can assume that game will be played during the week of September 14.

BYU is scheduled to play Texas on September 7, so if they make the trip to Pullman next year, it will be sometime between September 12-14. With the Auburn game set for August 31, it looks like WSU will have two bye weeks next season. I can't find the exact rule, but I believe there is a Pac-12 rule which limits early season conference games. Stanford and USC played early this season but that was likely the Notre Dame factor. In that case and assuming the Apple Cup is the weekend after Thanksgiving, here is a look at the likely 2013 schedule.

8/31 -- at Auburn

9/7 -- BYE

9/14 -- vs. BYU

9/21 -- vs. Idaho

9/28 -- Open

10/5 -- Open

10/12 -- Open

10/19 -- Open

10/26 -- Open

11/2 -- Open

11/9 -- Open

11/16 -- Open

11/23 -- Open

11/30 -- at Washington

It's possible the Apple Cup could be played the week before Thanksgiving, but that would force WSU to play 11 straight games. The Cougars may not always get preferential treatment when it comes to scheduling, but I seriously doubt that happens.



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