We're barely a quarter of the way through 2014 season but WSU has their schedule filled out for the 2015 season. We already knew who they'd be playing in the non-conference season, This evening, the Pac-12 released the conference schedules for each team. WSU's is as follows (hot schedule takes to follow):
Sept. 5 - Portland State
Sept. 12 - at Rutgers
Sept. 19 - Wyoming
Sept. 26 - BYE
Oct. 3 - at California
Oct. 10 - at Oregon
Oct. 17 - Oregon State (Homecoming)
Oct. 24 - at Arizona
Oct. 31 - Stanford
Nov. 7 - Arizona State (Dad's Weekend)
Nov. 14 - at UCLA
Nov. 21 - Colorado
Nov. 27 (Friday) - at Washington
Odd years mean just four conference home games for Washington State so six total home games and the elimination of the Seattle game means they'll all actually be in Pullman. WSU rotates off of USC and Utah and gets UCLA and Colorado back on the schedule.
Overall, this schedule isn't quite as nice as this years but for being an odd year schedule, it's actually pretty good. Starting with the non-conference schedule which we already knew, playing an FCS team to start is much preferable with a new quarterback at the helm. Whether it's Falk, Bender or Hilinski, a game to get their feet under them a bit will be nice. The trip to Piscataway will be a long one so hopefully it ends up as a late afternoon or evening start then back home against Wyoming to close non-conference play out.
The bye is earlier in the season than I'd like it to be, especially with the brutal October the Cougs will be looking at. Cal won't be a pushover next year and Oregon is, well, Oregon. Homecoming against an always tough to deal with Oregon State team then a tough trip to Arizona and back to the Palouse for Halloween night against Stanford. A Halloween night that is on a Saturday. Prepare your livers now.
ASU comes to Pullman next year so the Cougs avoid the dreaded trip to Tempe. Games at the Rose Bowl are always fun because it's the Rose Bowl but WSU has played UCLA close the last couple of trips to Pasadena. Back home against a team they've desperately wanted to play for two years in Colorado. Then the only Friday game on the schedule, the Apple Cup, in Seattle.
Boy, that two year rotation off of Black Friday Apple Cups sure felt short. Like, a year short or so. Oh well!
Early bye, brutal October but no Friday games and three probable wins on the home schedule for the season ticket holders. Any other thoughts on WSU's 2015 football slate?