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Pac-12 Announces 2016 Football Schedule

Home games against Stanford on Sept. 30 and USC on Nov. 12 highlight the 2016 Washington football home schedule, revealed as the Pac-12 Conference announced the full 2016 slate of football games today.

The Huskies' non-conference schedule (consecutive Saturday home games against Rutgers, Idaho and Portland State) had been previously announced, but now the full schedule has been made public.

After that non-conference run, the Dawgs will open the Pac-12 season on the road at Arizona on Sept. 24. A Friday home game vs. Stanford on Sept. 30 follows before the Huskies take on Oregon Oct. 8 in Eugene.

After a bye week, the Huskies play host to Oregon State for Homecoming on Oct. 22. Road games at Utah and Cal follow before Washington takes on USC and Arizona State on consecutive Saturdays at Husky Stadium.

The 2016 regular season wraps up with the 109th Apple Cup on Friday, Nov. 25 vs. Washington State in Pullman. The Pac-12 Championship Game will be held the following Friday, Dec. 2, in Santa Clara, Calif.

Here is the complete 2016 UW Football schedule:

For those looking for the 2016 Pac-12 Composite Schedule, here it is:

Instant Analysis

The schedule is balanced for Washington, with the bye perfectly placed after a couple tough games against Stanford and at Oregon. 

The Huskies will have to navigate a couple of rough stretches, with back-to-back road trips at Utah and Cal before returning home for two crucial contests versus USC and Arizona State. 

Just like 2015, Washington misses Colorado and UCLA. 

Washington's September 24 game at Arizona is the earliest the Huskies and Wildcats have squared off since 1996, when they played on September 21. 

For the non-conference schedule, it's the first time Washington has ever played Rutgers, and the second time they've played Portland State. They beat the Vikings in 2012, the year UW was displaced during the Husky Stadium remodel. 

It will be the first time Washington and Idaho have played since 2009. Washington holds the all-time series edge, 35-2-2. 

In a bit of a scheduling quirk, Stanford and Oregon are once again poised to play the Huskies back-to-back. Since 2009 Washington has had to play the Cardinal and Ducks either in consecutive weeks or separated by one game. 

In another scheduling quirk, Oregon and Oregon State are scheduled to play the Huskies in back-to-back weeks for the first time since 2002. That year Washington beat both Oregon teams by a combined score of 83-43.

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