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Looking ahead to 2014 Northwest nonconference games

The Pac-12 released its 2014 football schedule on Thursday.
Here’s a look at what awaits the Northwest’s Pac-12 teams:

Washington:
Aug. 30: at Hawaii
Sept. 6: vs. Eastern Washington
Sept. 13: vs. Illinois
Sept. 20: vs. Georgia State
Sept. 27: vs. Stanford
Oct. 4: Bye
Oct. 11: at Cal
Oct. 18: at Oregon
Oct. 25: vs. Arizona State
Nov. 1: at Colorado
Nov. 8: vs. UCLA
Nov. 15: at Arizona
Nov. 22: vs. Oregon State
Nov. 29: at Washington State

Nonconference outlook: There’s a good chance UW will be 4-0 heading into its Pac-12 opener Sept. 27 against Stanford at home. That will be the first big game of the Chris Petersen era.

Washington State:
Aug. 28: Rutgers at Seattle
Sept. 6: at Nevada
Sept. 13: Portland State
Sept. 20: Oregon
Sept. 27: at Utah
Oct. 4: California
Oct. 10: at Stanford
Oct. 18: Bye
Oct. 25: Arizona
Nov. 1: USC
Nov. 8: at Oregon State
Nov. 15: Bye
Nov. 22: at Arizona State
Nov. 29: Washington

Nonconference outlook: The season begins in Seattle against a Rutgers team that lost to Notre Dame in the Pinstripe Bowl. If the team’s improvement under Mike Leach continues, there’s no reason to think the Cougars won’t be 3-0 when they host Oregon in their Pac-12 opener.

Oregon:
Aug. 30:   South Dakota
Sep. 6:      Michigan State
Sep. 13:    Wyoming
Sep. 20:     at Washington State
Oct. 2 (Thr.):   Arizona
Oct. 11:    at UCLA
Oct. 18:   Washington
Oct. 24 (Fri.):    at California (Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara)
Nov. 1:    Stanford
Nov. 8:     at Utah
Nov. 22:   Colorado
Nov. 29:    at Oregon State

Nonconference outlook: The nation’s eyes will be on the Sept. 6 home game against Michigan State. There’s a good chance both teams will be ranked in the top five.

Oregon State:
Aug. 30:    Portland State
Sept. 6:   at Hawaii
Sept. 20:   San Diego State
Sept. 27:     at USC
Oct. 4:    at Colorado
Oct. 16: (Thu.)      Utah
Oct. 25:     at Stanford
Nov. 1:      California
Nov. 8:      Washington State
Nov. 15:       Arizona State
Nov. 22:       at Washington
Nov. 29:        Oregon

Nonconference outlook: After this year’s surprise loss to Eastern Washington, the Beavers won’t need to be warned not to take it easy against Portland State, which won seven games this year. A trip to Hawaii followed by a home game against San Diego State complete two home-and-home agreements.

 

Micah Rice

Columbian Sports Editor Micah Rice is the author of Tailgate Talk: College football from a Clark County perspective.

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