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January 7, 2008 9:24 PM

Revisiting UW's schedule

Posted by Bob Condotta

The college football season ended tonight with LSU handling Ohio State in the national title game.

Ohio State was the last team left that had played UW this season, as well, meaning we can now more completely analyze Washington's schedule this season.

UW's schedule was undeniably one of the toughest, if not the toughest, in the nation this season. Sagarin had it rated No. 1 when the regular season ended, though simply being in the Pac-10 had a lot to do with it.

Seven of the top 11 toughest schedules this season were played by Pac-10 teams --- the others were UCLA 2, Cal 4, Arizona 5, Oregon 7, Stanford 10 and Washington State 11. Oregon State wasn't far off at 16. The others were Arizona State at 29 and USC at 32, the Trojans' SOS hindered greatly by the collapses of traditional powers Notre Dame and Nebraska.

Point being, simply existing in the Pac-10 this year meant you played a tough schedule.

And the, uh, vauntedness of UW's schedule took a little bit of a hit during the bowl season. The Huskies played nine teams that went to bowls this season, with those teams going 4-5 in the bowl season, including losses by non-conference foes Ohio State, Hawaii and Boise State, the shine obviously coming completely off the Warriors.

Nine bowl opponents is a lot. But Oregon, to name one other team, also played nine if you count its own bowl game (which is fair, in a way, since the Huskies get to nine by having scheduled an extra game against Hawaii --- UO and UW each played 13 games).

Oregon's nine bowl foes were all three of its non-conference foes --- Houston, Fresno State and Michigan --- as well as five Pac-10 opponents and then its own bowl game against South Florida. Oregon's nine bowl opponents went 5-4.

So while UW's schedule was unquestionably rugged, Oregon's -- just to name a team the Huskies are trying to compete with --- probably ended up being just about as tough, meaning the schedule can't be blamed for everything.


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