THE COUGS' 2014 football schedule was released on Wednesday – a slate that features six home games plus the annual Seattle Game, marking the first time in memory the Cougs have had seven "home" games. Washington State, for the second year in a row, misses both Colorado and UCLA and has two byes on the schedule.
The Cougs begin the year against Rutgers on Thursday, Aug. 28 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The following week WSU travels to Nevada (Saturday, Sept. 6). WSU wraps up their non-conference schedule with the home opener in Pullman against Portland State on Sept. 13.
WSU opens the Pac-12 slate by hosting Oregon on Sept. 20. It will be the first time Oregon has traveled to WSU since 2010.
The Cougs go back on the road to face Utah Sept. 27, followed by a Homecoming matchup against California Oct. 4. WSU then travels to Stanford on Oct. 10 for a Friday night game.
The Cougs then have their first bye of the schedule in Week 8.
The Cougars return to action Oct. 25 against Arizona in Martin Stadium, Dad's Weekend. WSU then plays host to USC on Nov. 1. Like Oregon, it's the first time USC travels to Pullman since 2010.
will travel to Corvallis for the Nov. 8 game against the Beavers, followed by their second bye of the season. The Cougs then meet Arizona State in Tempe on Nov. 22 followed by the Apple Cup, where WSU will play host to Washington on Nov. 29.
Washington State in 2014 has no back-to-back weeks on the road, (the Seattle Game is considered a home game and there's a bye week between OSU and ASU.)
The Cougs play one Thursday night game (Rutgers) and one Friday night game (Stanford) with the remainder falling on Saturdays.
Kickoff times and television broadcast information are generally made available by sometime in June for the first 4-5 games of the season. Every Cougar game will be televised via a combination of the ESPN channels, ABC, FOX, FOX Sports 1 and the Pac-12 Networks. Last season, the Cougs had four games on the Pac-12 Networks, three games on Fox Sports 1, two games on ESPN, two games on ESPNU and one game on Fox.
"This is truly an outstanding schedule for our team and for our fans," WSU AD Bill Moos said in a statement. "Having six games in Martin Stadium has not happened in a while and the conference slate of home games is outstanding. In addition, playing new Big Ten member Rutgers in Seattle on the Thursday night of Labor Day weekend should prove to be attractive in regards to attracting a great crowd as well as a large national television audience.
Deposits are now being taken for all new 2014 season tickets at wsucougars.com. Current season ticket holders will receive their renewal in February. Single-game tickets for road contests and The Seattle Game go on sale in April, while single-game tickets for all Martin Stadium contests will be available beginning in August. For more information, visit wsucougars.com or call 1-800-Go-Cougs.
Washington State 2014 Football Schedule
Aug. 28 – Rutgers (The Seattle Game)
Sept. 6 – at Nevada
Sept. 13 – Portland State
Sept. 20 – Oregon
Sept. 27 – at Utah
Oct. 4 – California (Homecoming)
Oct. 10 – at Stanford
Oct. 18 – Bye
Oct. 25 – Arizona (Dad’s Weekend)
Nov. 1 – USC
Nov. 8 – at Oregon State
Nov. 15 – Bye
Nov. 22 – at Arizona State
Nov. 29 – Washington (Apple Cup)