The 2018 Washington Football schedule had been released in November 2017. But we finally have a chance to analyze the timing of contests and believe this year’s program will flourish with this schedule.
The 2017 Washington Football schedule challenged the team with adversity due to flying to the east coast and then back to the west. But the non-conference contests featured teams with a final record of just 21 wins to 16 losses. And few connected the dots to Freson State, the third opponent for the Washington Huskies, rising to 9 wins and 4 losses to earn an invitation to the December 24, 2017 Hawaii Bowl where they defeated the University of Houston.
No, last season was blemished with ESPN’s version of parody, and the infamous cupcake broadcast which incensed the nation and fomented an apology from ESPN executives. In the end, a 21-16 non conference opponents were not bad at all. And for comparative purposes, the nation’s top-ranked team, the Alabama Crimon Tide, faced non-conference opponents with a combined 29-22 (and shared Fresno State).
So the conclusion to be learned is that there is an east coast bias among this perception about toughness and fortitude. But that is a bias, not the reality. The 2018 Washington Football team appears to be poised for toughness, grit, slugfest sorts of football.