PULLMAN, Wash. -The Washington State Cougar football team will play a 12-game schedule in 2010, including nine games against teams that played in bowl games this season.
"We have another strong non conference schedule that will test our young, but vastly improved team," WSU Director of Athletics Jim Sterk said in releasing this year's schedule. "Playing that schedule, with two road contests against teams that played in bowl games this season, will prepare us for a challenging Pac-10 schedule, which is always one of the most difficult nationally."
WSU opens its 2010 slate at Oklahoma State (Sept. 4), followed by a home game against Montana State (Sept. 11). The Cougars close out the non conference portion of their 2010 schedule Sept. 18 at Southern Methodist University. Both Oklahoma State and Southern Methodist participated in bowl games this season.
The 2010 schedule also features five home conference games, the first being Sept. 25 when USC comes to Pullman. Back-to-back games against defending Pacific-10 Conference champion Oregon (Oct. 9) and Arizona (Oct. 16) gives WSU three of its first four Pac-10 games at home.
The Cougars do not play another home game until Nov. 20 when they host California. Following a bye week, WSU closes out its 2010 regular season Dec. 4 against Washington in the Apple Cup, proudly presented by Boeing.
WSU's first conference road game is at UCLA (Oct. 2), and then two weeks later the Cougars begin a stretch of three-consecutive conference road games. WSU will be at Stanford (Oct. 23) and at Arizona State (Oct. 30) in back-to-back weeks, and following the first of two bye weeks, WSU will play its final road game at Oregon State (Nov. 13).
Sterk also noted that discussions are ongoing regarding a possible game in Seattle for 2010. WSU has played a home game at Qwest Field each of the past eight seasons.
"With the college football schedule extending into the first week of December, the Pac-10 felt it was an opportunity to highlight the great rivalries in this conference," said Sterk. "Certainly we feel the Apple Cup is one of the great rivalries of college football and playing this weekend highlights that fact."
The complete 2010 football schedule for Washington State follows:
Sept. 4 – at Oklahoma State
Sept. 11 – Montana State
Sept. 18 – at SMU
Sept. 25 - USC
Oct. 2 – at UCLA
Oct. 9 – Oregon
Oct. 16 – Arizona
Oct. 23 – at Stanford
Oct. 30 – at Arizona State
Nov. 6 – Bye
Nov. 13 – at Oregon State
Nov. 20 – California
Nov. 27 – Bye
Dec. 4 – Washington
Home games in bold
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Washington State University