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Eastern Washington agrees to play Huskies

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While the Eastern Eagles site and wait to hear whether they'll be allowed to play in the postseason at the end of the season, at least there's this: the Eagles said Tuesday they've agreed to play the University of Washington in 2011.  That's in addition to a game against Oregon State next season.

The matchup with the Huskies marks the first time the two teams will have ever played each other.  That's amazing, really, considering the Huskies started their football program in 1889.  Eastern began playing football in 1901.

"We truly appreciated the opportunity to play the University of Washington in 2011," said Eastern Washington Athletic Director Bill Chaves in a news release.  "During these challenging economic times, we have looked to reduce expenses wherever possible and by playing one of our non-conference games in-state will no doubt help to achieve that objective."

But before they can tangle with the Huskies, the Eagles will first have to face the Beavers of Oregon State.  Eastern Washington is scheduled to open the regular season next year in Corvallis for the third meeting between the two programs.  The Beavers won 21-19 in 2000 and 38-2 in 2002.

Following a 59-7 loss earlier this season to then 10th-ranked California, Eastern is now 0-4 versus members of the Pacific 10 Conference. The Eagles are 7-18 all-time versus FBS teams.

2010 EWU Tentative Schedule
9/4 - at Oregon State
9/11 - Open
9/18 - Montana
9/25 - at Montana State
10/2 - at Weber State
10/9 - Northern Arizona
10/16 - at Northern Colorado
10/23 - Sacramento State
10/30 - at Portland State
11/6 - Open
11/13 - Southern Utah
11/20 - Idaho State
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