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May 23, 2008 10:46 AM

Huskies to host LSU in 2009

Posted by Bob Condotta

Just noticed on UW's future schedules on that the Huskies are now slated to open the 2009 season at home against LSU.

That had previously been an open date. Rumor is UW may return the date in 2012.

The school hasn't officially announced this other than putting it on the future schedules. When we get more details later, I'll pass it along.

This would be UW's first game against an SEC opponent since beating Florida 34-7 in the 1989 Freedom Bowl. UW hasn't played a regular-season game against an SEC team since losing at LSU 40-14 in 1983.

Obviously, the connections between the leaders at UW and LSU are well-known and it's likely that those relationships helped cement this deal. UW president Mark Emmert and acting athletic director Scott Woodward each worked at LSU from 1999-2004 before coming to UW.

Adding LSU in 2009 gives UW another power-packed schedule for what would be Jake Locker's junior year. UW will also host Idaho and play at Notre Dame in non-conference play.

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Posted by Chris Miller

10:57 AM, May 23, 2008

Let the march to the 2010 Rose Bowl begin! Bring on the Bayou Bengals!!!!


Posted by done buying tickets

11:06 AM, May 23, 2008

Is this for real? So, we can't beat the likes of Stanford, wazzu, oregon, Hawaii, etc. and we're going to "rebuild" our program by playing LSU? This is beyond stupidity. The program is on life support so we ask for a 'bout with Mike Tyson in his prime. Unreal. This program has lost its collective mind.

Posted by 206 Dawg

11:06 AM, May 23, 2008

YES! I can't wait for these games... See you in the Bayou. Go Huskies!!!!

Posted by huskiesjv

11:10 AM, May 23, 2008

Nice that game is gonna be nuts. A new coach and the Bengals!

Posted by chucky

11:16 AM, May 23, 2008

I received an e-mail from the Tyee office that says the Huskies will have a "Home and Away" series with LSU- here in '09, there in '12.

Nice games. Locker should be ready to roll with some experienced players.


11:17 AM, May 23, 2008

delusional ridiculous comments! fans losing their minds! raving absurdity and ship jumping!!!!! LETS ALL GO WILD!!!!!!

Posted by The Locker-ness Monster

11:20 AM, May 23, 2008

Jake Locker is unfazed and will cure cancer at half time to ensure it's a signature win.

Posted by John

11:20 AM, May 23, 2008

Perfect opener for Locker's Heisman run.

Posted by Sensual Dawg

11:22 AM, May 23, 2008

Madness. We need to be scheduling easier opponents, not tougher ones. This is just making it tougher for us to get back to being a top team. Why the hell does the UW keep doing this year after year? It's tough enough playing 9 pac 10 games without having to play schools that are this tough. Total embarrassment on part of the UW.

Posted by phinney ridge dawg

11:29 AM, May 23, 2008

That is a big time risk/reward scenario. Personally, I think it is a great call. We will be very good in 2009, they will be far from home, and may be napping just a bit.

I would rather see them go for a meaningful win against a storied program than schedule San Jose State. Idaho is already on the schedule for those of you who can't bear the thought of an epic non-conference home game.

Posted by UWHuskytSkeet

11:31 AM, May 23, 2008

I would rather lose every game than play D-II level teams every week. If you can't beat the best, why would you want artificial wins on your record?

Great move, I have been loving our schedules the past few years!

Posted by Dawg in the Couv

11:32 AM, May 23, 2008

Total embarassment? Beyond stupidity? Please please please jump off the band wagon for good and don't come back.

Do you really want to see us play Eastern WA, Idaho and San Jose State in non-conference? What is one of the reasons players choose a school...because they will get a chance to play the best teams. I bet there are a ton of kids in the NW that would love 2 cracks at LSU. As a fan, I'm STOKED about this. No, it is not a patsy to get a sure win...but those games don't help when it gets in to the tough conference schedule.

Go Dawgs!!!

Posted by Indifferent

11:34 AM, May 23, 2008

Artificial wins get us in the bowl games. Blowouts against one of the best college football teams in the nation, do not. I am all for testing ourselves, but coming off the stretch of years we are, this may not be the best. How are they supposed to know what it feels like to win if they can't win? Oh well, should be fun to watch regardless.

Posted by Gabe

11:35 AM, May 23, 2008

By 2009 we will have either a far better team or a new coach, or both. At best this game will make the Pac 10 schedule seem easier and toughen the team up for its march to destiny, Troy Must Be Destroyed.

Posted by Agreed

11:35 AM, May 23, 2008

Like it or, we are not currently a top 10 (or even top 75) program. Used to be, but not now.

We should be playing easy OOC games to get our feet under us for the difficult Pac10 schedule. This is no longer the Pac10 of the 1970's or 80's. There are no easy games in coference! (See us losing to Stanford, Arizona, wazzu, etc. for examples.)

We should NOT schedule top 10 teams OOC. We will play at least one, maybe even two or three top 10 teams each year just by being in the Pac10. And for sure we'll see at least 3 top 20 opponents in conference. That is plenty of challenge without having to take on national title caliber programs.

This is stupid, frustrating, and makes me question if I'll keep buying tickets. I'd rather see us (maybe) beat beat an Air Force, Boise State, Fresno State type team in a close game then get slaughtered by LSU. More bad news in Huskyland.

Posted by Jake Locker

11:36 AM, May 23, 2008

Relax. It's in the bag.

Posted by Agreed

11:39 AM, May 23, 2008

To be clear, I'd love to see us play a team like LSU..... in a bowl game! But not regular season. I just fear games like this will continue to keep us down in the dumps as we struggle to put together a .500 season against a brutal conference.

Posted by Tom

11:42 AM, May 23, 2008

The 2009 schedule is a perfect non-conference slate for a BCS conference school

A list apponent - LSU
B list - Nortre Dame (sorry Notre Dame - just not as good as you used to be)
Free win - Idaho.


Posted by purplegold76

12:00 PM, May 23, 2008

This is a great team to schedule! If you want a good team you have to play good teams. Look at what weak non-conference scheduling has done for teams like the Coogs. They aren't ready for the Pac-10 after their cupcake schedule.

Besides, if we win this game, it could go down in the history of Washington football as one of the best all time victories. Think back to the wins agains Nebraska, Miami, Ohio State, Michigan, etc. A win against a team like LSU would bring us back into the upper tier of college football and possibly a high national ranking.


Posted by dblue

12:12 PM, May 23, 2008

some people in here just don't get UW football..UW plays in big games. These are the games that create memories, while blowouts against the likes of San Jose St. don't.

this game will be great

Posted by MelloDawg

12:33 PM, May 23, 2008

Oh great, another excuse to use the schedule as a buoy for Ty to stay another year.

You can't have it both ways, Typologists. Either you say "We are Washington, and we play tough schedules" or you say "Ty should be excused because of the tough schedule." You can't say "we should play tough schedules but we shouldn't expect to ever win them."

Posted by UW Alum

12:36 PM, May 23, 2008

I'd like to see us beat Ariz, WSU and Stanford consistently before bringing on someone of LSU's caliber. We already play perenially ranked USC, UCLA, Cal, Ariz St and the hated ducks. We might as well be playing USC twice that year, very foolish since next year is likely going to be UW's best chance at a winning record/good bowl game in the Locker era, we have USC, Cal and Oregon all at Husky stadium. Why not play ND, Idaho and somebody like Fresno St.

Posted by OlyDawg

12:48 PM, May 23, 2008

Mello can't help himself to relate literally every piece of news back to Ty. Funny stuff.

As a season ticket holder and a die hard fan, I say bring 'em on.

I remember watching Corey Dillon at Husky Stadium rush for 200 yards/receive 100 yards in the 1st quarter of the San Jose St. game, and I thought to myself "This is just stupid."

You don't become the best without playing the best. And recruits will want to see the big names on the OOC schedule. No one gets excited to play the Idaho St.'s of the world, win or no win.

Posted by BriDog

12:51 PM, May 23, 2008

Mello -

If we are not in a position to compete with LSU by next year, Ty will & should be gone. Lose to LSU or beat SJS by 3, what's the difference?

If we are competitive next year, UW will need quality wins(like LSU) to have any shot at a BCS game. Especially coming from where the program currently is.

Scheduling tough games shows the current administration has confidence we are headed in the correct direction.....and sells tickets

Posted by Gil Dobie

12:54 PM, May 23, 2008

Playing Fresno gets you nothing. Again, it's not about the OOC games. This game only gives us something to gain. It's about wins in conference, and we should have plenty of fire power in '09 for that. This game will be huge, and could really catapult this team back onto the national stage early in the season. We should be very solid in '09, and if we can get a win in this one, and a win @ ND that would be a special season. We also have SC coming to town that year. I definitely will have season tickets for that year! Please get rid of your season tickets now so I can have better seats, and keep them for 40 years! Go Dawgs!

Posted by uw dude

12:59 PM, May 23, 2008

Anyone who says this game is a bad idea is a coward, period. Probably the same guys who got their a$$ kicked their entire lives.

Posted by Gabe

1:09 PM, May 23, 2008

This is a nothing ventured, nothing gained scenario. If the team is going to truly believe that Troy Must Be Destroyed, and accomplish that lofty goal, it must be willing to play the LSUs of the world. No fear.

Posted by Dohh!

1:12 PM, May 23, 2008

that is crazy.

unitl the UW is a bowl team, this type of game should not be scheduled. blowouts are needed not more lopsided loses.

Check Ohio St., LSU non confernce. Weak scheudle by design, thus this game.

Huskies - "the new Fresno St." we'll take a loss anytime -anywhere.

I am not sure how scheduling a loss helps the program. delusions of "we play big games" is wrong, we are not considered a big game.

Posted by HuskyMoJo

1:32 PM, May 23, 2008

I think scheduling LSU is great!!! WHY?


A win at LSU gives us national attention and hopefully will bring talent from that part of the country... All we get right now are Washington recruits and the odd California/Oregon recruit. Also, if I were a player, it would be an honor to play against the likes of LSU, Notre Dame... hence the schedule in itself is a way to recruit the best players... No player wants to be able to brag about how badly their team beat San Jose State but LSU is a whole different story!

Posted by Dohh!

1:36 PM, May 23, 2008

if we haven't been to a bowl game in 5+ years, I'd suggest recruits notice that just a TAD more.

Posted by rob

2:04 PM, May 23, 2008

I think some fans on this board would trade historic wins against michigan, miami, nebraska, etc. for more wins agaist idaho and san jose state. Those people need to stay at home when LSU comes in, and they might as well stay at home all season. Real fans want big time games in the spotlight. we already have idaho, do we need another snoozer? How would that help recruting, ticket sales, revenue, and fan enthusiasm?

Posted by Sittingdawg

2:11 PM, May 23, 2008

"By 2009 we will have either a far better team or a new coach, or both. .

I agree with Gabe. This will be a better team in 2009. It's a bold move, but I like it. 1st game of the year, reminds me of playing Miami early in 2001. That was a great UW team but this team could be just as good in 2 years.

Bob, do you know if this will be LSU's first game of 2009 as well? Or do they get reps in against someone like LA-Lafayette? I'd do the research but I'm at work.

Posted by Jordan

2:16 PM, May 23, 2008

I agree with you dblue and several others. There are a lot of people on here that don't get it. This is a great idea. Until we are a perenial Pac-10 contender the only way to stay in the minds of the media and national recruits is to play games like this. I also think this has a lot to do with Jake Locker. Mark my words this is JAKE LOCKER'S HEISMAN TROPHY COMING OUT PARTY. The whole nation will see what he can do against the hyped defense of an SEC team.This game will be on national tv with a quality team from the SEC and possibly College Gameday. You don't get that publicity with San Jose State. This was brilliant.

Posted by Dave

2:24 PM, May 23, 2008

While I do think this is a mighty tough game to add to the schedule, I also note that even with this game, all that it will take to get to a bowl game in '09 is beating Idaho at home and going 5-4 in the Pac-10. This could be achieved a number of ways, for example by beating Stanford, Cal, WSU, Arizona and Oregon State, 3 of which are home games that year. If Ty can't accomplish that or the equivalent by year 5 at a school like UW, he should get out of the business entirely. Doubly true if Locker comes back as a healthy 3rd year starter at QB. And presumably Ty agrees since Woodward says he is down with this.

Meanwhile, if we lose we are really no worse off than we are now, but if we win what better way to vault the program onto the national stage? So I am coming around to this move.

Posted by yawn

2:26 PM, May 23, 2008

starting out 0-1 the next two years is not brilliant. a bowl game would be smarter.

Posted by Jordan

2:56 PM, May 23, 2008


We can still get to a bowl game by beating Idaho and going 5-4 in the conference. If we can't do that with a three year starter at quarterback then, WOW, how far have we fallen. Besides, we will have the national spotlight on us for this game more than we would at the Toilet Bowl of the #5 Pac-10 team vs #3 Mountain West Team in Albuquerque or wherever it would be. This was brilliant.

Posted by GrizzlyGuy

3:13 PM, May 23, 2008

When I look at the 2009 and 2010 schedules I'm struck by the absence of bye weeks. Nary a one in either year. This year we have 3 bye Saturdays. Surely the 09 and 10 schedules will be changed at some point...I hope.
On to the real season--beating UO in August.

Posted by Dave

3:24 PM, May 23, 2008

Do not worry griz. Now that the Pac-10 schools are playing on the first week of December in order to provide extra TV content, it is a mortal lock that we will find a willing mid-year conference opponent to move a game to the last week of Nov or the first week of Dec in each of those seasons, creating one or possibly even two byes. Now whether I really want to be sitting out in Husky Stadium in December is another matter, but what the heck I will go whenever they schedule the games.

Posted by yawn

3:29 PM, May 23, 2008

jordan -

if the bcs is the goal, losing a non conference game pretty much kills that hope. any team in a major conference with 0, maybe 1, and possibly 2 loses would be a bcs team. i see the national spotlight angle and all, but this is a 99% guaranteed loss, i just don't see the value. USC, Oregon, Cal scheduling this games makes better sense to me. That game is winable for those teams (see Cal - Tenessee, Oregon - Michigan, USC - whoever), i just don't see the upside when the measuring stick in for the next two season is JUST to get to a bowl game.

I remmber hearing softy blubber on about "we're back baby", during the good start a couple years back. It just doesnt happen like that. Even USC, Cal, Oregon took some time to get going with those 3 good coaches, which I am not even sure we have.

Posted by Jordan

3:45 PM, May 23, 2008

Yeah but you go to the BCS if you win the Pac 10. This game does not affect the Pac-10 race. There are only four non conference winners in the BCS every year anyway. So by that logic would, if the BCS is the goal we either need to win the Pac-10 or get one of the four at large bids. The only way you get an at large bid is by playing tough opponents (usually in a tough conference), having someone in your conference playing for the national title or going undefeated like Hawaii. The national media views the Pac-10 except for USC as weak. We get at large bids after the SEC, Big 12, Big 10, and Notre Dame. Therefore, I don't see us getting an at large bid. In order for us to be in the BCS we have to win the PAC-10 and the LSU game does not hurt us in fact it probably gets us more ready as long as no one gets hurt. You can't see the upside. I can't see the downside. If we can't beat Idaho and go 5-4 in the conference then we don't deserve to go to a bowl. LSU or not

Posted by Dave

3:46 PM, May 23, 2008

whoa dude. I agree we will be underdogs but 99 to 1 underdogs? no way. LSU barely beat a 7-5 Oregon State team in their own house in '04, by a single point, when OSU's great kicker had an absolute fluke game where he missed multiple PAT's. We will have way more highly rated talent top to bottom than OS did in '04 and be at home to boot, and very likely will have the Pac-10 Off. POY that year. Again I am not saying we will be favored, but at 99 to 1 odds, I would take plenty of that action.

Posted by pattapit

4:00 PM, May 23, 2008

WHEN we win, in our glorious stadium. I will be signing "bow down to washington" at the top of my lungs with my brother, wife, dad, uncle hugh, and some good buddies. You all know the song... You will join in too...

Believe me... in '09 you will be singing a different tune... it's bow down to Washington!!!!!!!!!!

After we go to A bowl game this year, we will need that win against LSU for our BCS bid. Learn about it.

Posted by yawn

4:10 PM, May 23, 2008


Oregon, USC and ASU all had a shot at the BCS even after playing each other. USC made it, Oregon crapped the bed after losing Dixon (proably the best of the 3 teams) as did ASU losing to AZ in the last game of the year.

you don't need to win the pac 10 to be a bcs or top 10 team, though it obviously helps.

OSU is the most under rated team in a major conference year over year, 3rd in the pac 10 last year with a 9-4 mark.

ok, 95% guarantee, no one pick UW to win that game except softy and baird. not even millen.

Posted by yawn

4:14 PM, May 23, 2008

my bad - asu beat UA, though my point is more/less the same.

Posted by Dave

4:32 PM, May 23, 2008

OSU was just 7-5 the year they pushed LSU to the limit in Death Valley. 95% is still 19-1 odds and I would still be more than happy to wager on the Dawgs at those odds if i were a gambling man.

1st game of the year, very possibly an inexperienced QB, very long road trip to play a team they may be taking lightly. We on the other hand will be at home, totally geeked up for the game, and hopefully have Jake 3.0 healthy to spring on them. This scenario has bit more talented teams than LSU in the butt before (for e.g. Miami '00). Again I am not saying we will or should be favored, but we have way better than a 5% chance of winning that game.

Posted by onewoodwacker

4:33 PM, May 23, 2008

Cool - LSU
Think Bradly Roussel will be just a tad bit excited to play at home in 2012?

Posted by Formerly Guest

4:53 PM, May 23, 2008

UW dude,

Regarding your theory "Anyone who says this game is a bad idea is a coward, period. Probably the same guys who got their a$$ kicked their entire lives."...

That is like saying any freshman who doesn't sign up for linear algebra in their first quarter, rather than waiting until they first master precalculus, calculus and advanced calculus, is a coward.

Some people might counter that rather than being a coward, such a freshman is an idiot. And when he gets an F, he'll figure out he is an idiot.

If we are a studly team in 2009, maybe this makes some sense. And although I see improvement in the future, I am with some of the people on the board who wonder if this game could really be winnable in 2 seasons (other than by forfeit), based on what we saw last year.

Maybe we will be that studly by 2009. But to have reservations about it after the last 3 seasons doesn't make fans cowardly. It just means they are using their brains.

Posted by purplereign

9:51 PM, May 23, 2008

if you are a player, aren't you going to put a little more effort into your offseason training when a team like lsu is on the schedule? I for one would be jacked up about playing lsu rather than san jose or fresno st. I guarantee locker would rather take on lsu and i would rather buy season tickets with a top notch schedule. we should be a really good team in 09, i think we will give the tigers all they can handle

Posted by MelloDawg

11:59 AM, May 24, 2008


I relate the schedules back to Willingham because they are ALWAYS used as the excuse to keep him around. You have the 100% Mello Purple-and-Gold Stamped Guarantee that these will be used as excuses for him AGAIN this year.

Posted by Aj

4:02 PM, May 24, 2008

Lets Go DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cant wait till next season.

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