A little less than two months after the 2016 season ended with the Washington St. Cougars at 8-5, we already know their 2017 regular season slate.
First, the part of the schedule we already had: the Cougs open the season at home Labor Day weekend against the Montana St. Bobcats and then the biggie in their non-conference slate comes the following weekend at home against the Boise St. Broncos.
The Cougs will actually open Pac-12 play before finishing with their non-conference foes, playing Oregon State before taking on the Nevada Wolf Pack at Martin Stadium.
Yes, that’s five consecutive home games to open the season — all in September.
"We face a unique situation this fall starting the season with five-straight home games," said WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos via news release. "The schedule is out of our control and we will make this a positive, having the opportunity to build momentum early in the year without having to put on a road jersey until Week 6.
"Ideally we would like to have our home schedule more spread out, but playing seven home games for the second-straight season gives our fans the chance to enjoy Martin Stadium at the best time of the year and get us off to a fast start.”
The Cougs get the USC Trojans and Utah Utes back on the schedule this year, playing them on September 29, a Friday night, in Pullman and November 11 in Salt Lake City, respectively, with the UCLA Bruins and Arizona St. Sun Devils coming off the schedule. The Cougs will keep the Colorado Buffaloes (October 21 in Pullman for Homecoming) and Arizona Wildcats (October 28 in Tucson) on the schedule through 2018.
As for their every-year Pac-12 North opponents, WSU gets the Stanford Cardinal and Oregon St. Beavers back at home on November 4 (Dad’s Weekend) and September 16, respectively, while they travel Eugene to face the Oregon Ducks on October 6 and Berkeley to face the Cal Golden Bears on October 13 for their second Friday night game of the season.
As for the Apple Cup against Washington, it will no longer be on Black Friday, instead being played on Saturday, November 25, in Seattle. Kickoff time and channel for that game has yet to be announced, though FOX Sports or FS1 likely will be carrying it.
Kickoff times and channels for the first few games should be announced in June. The remaining games will generally be announced two or one weeks before though the non-conference games will likely be decided earlier.
WSU 2017 Football Schedule
|Saturday, Sept. 2||Montana State||Pullman|
|Saturday, Sept. 9||Boise State||Pullman|
|Saturday, Sept. 16||Oregon State||Pullman|
|Saturday, Sept. 23||Nevada||Pullman|
|Friday, Sept. 29||USC||Pullman|
|Saturday, Oct. 7||Oregon||Eugene|
|Friday, Oct. 13||California||Berkeley|
|Saturday, Oct. 21||Colorado||Pullman|
|Saturday, Oct. 28||Arizona||Tucson|
|Saturday, Nov. 4||Stanford||Pullman|
|Saturday, Nov. 11||Utah||Salt Lake City|
|Saturday, Nov. 18||BYE WEEK|
|Saturday, Nov. 25||Washington||Seattle|
We’ll have much more here shortly. What do you think about this year’s schedule?