After a tumultuous offseason, Washington football finally has a start date!
Washington football is back! First reported by Jon Wilner, the Pac-12 CEOs have voted to start the season on November 6th. While a schedule has not been announced just yet, it will be a seven-game season, with potential for an eighth if the Huskies were to reach the Pac-12 title game.
There is no timetable yet to announce the actual schedules, but we should assume that along with playing the entire Pac-12 North, Washington should have matchups with whatever schools are closest and most convenient to travel to. In the Huskies’ case, that should be either USC and UCLA, or Utah and Colorado. None of this is final, but we should expect a decision soon.
Head coach Jimmy Lake stated on the Jimmy Lake Show on Wednesday that all players are back on campus, and practice will begin on Tuesday. He went on to say that if the season was scheduled to begin on Halloween like some reports were saying, that his team would be ready, so this extra week should be big. It will give the players more time to get their bodies ready for the season, and potentially an extra week of padded practices.
This season will not count against any player’s eligibility, and Lake explained on Wednesday how the scholarship distribution will work for 2021. “We get 85 scholarships, and 10 seniors coming back, so it would be 85 +10. If we had two seniors coming back, it would be 85 + 2.” That model will probably continue over the next few seasons, and the Huskies will be one of the biggest benefactors of that rule. Coming off of the best two recruiting classes in school history, having an extra year of eligibility for top recruits like Faatui Tuitele, Sav’ell Smalls, and Jalen McMillan will help the Huskies cement themselves on the national stage.
Speaking of the national stage, as of right now it seems incredibly unlikely that the Pac-12 will be represented in the College Football Playoff. The committee has refused to push back their selection until all conference championships have been played.
While this news is somewhat ridiculous because the vote would only need to be pushed back a week or two, the good news is that football is back!