After a disappointing show in the Fight Hunger bowl last year, the Cougars couldn't get away from talk of Washington fast enough. Now it appears that a mutual respect between the programs is paying off. Today it was announced that the BYU Cougars and the Washington Huskies will play a home-and-home series in 2018 and 2019. The first game will be played in Seattle on September 29th, 2018 with a return trip to Provo on September 21st, 2019.
Barring any further post season play, these games will mark the 10th and 11th meetings between the schools dating back to 1985. Washington currently has the upper hand in the series with a 5-4 win margin. Most Cougar fans will try and forget the last meeting, a 31-16 loss, and even gloss over the meeting in 2010, a 23-17 win in Provo. Most will remember the last game in Seattle in 2008 when a final drive by Washington ended with a Jake Locker unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and a blocked extra point to give the Cougars a 28-27 win.
Washington is now led by Chris Peterson, who is a known commodity to the Cougars and a friend of Coach Mendenhall. The Huskies have been playing football since 1889 and has won four national championships with the last being in 1991. The Cougars will play at Husky Stadium, which seats over 70,000 so there should be plenty of tickets for the BYU faithful in 2018. With a rich history and spectacular tradition, the series should provide a great match-up between premier programs.
At this point the Cougars have a number of games announced for 2018 and 2019. The away games in 2018 consist of Arizona, Wisconsin, Boise State, Washington and Utah. The home games scheduled are Utah State, Northern Illinois and Hawaii. In 2019 the Cougars will travel to Virginia and Washington State while staying home for Wisconsin, Washington, USC, and Boise State.
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