Aug. 26, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State Cougar football team will play a 13-game schedule in 2008, highlighted by six games in Pullman and a season-opening contest against Oklahoma State in Seattle.
"I am excited about our 2008 opponents," Sterk said in releasing next year's schedule. "I think this is a very challenging schedule and provides our fans a great home schedule with the likes of USC, California, Oregon, along with hosting the Apple Cup and Washington. For the Cougar Gridiron Classic in Seattle we face a strong test in Oklahoma State, renewing a series that has not been played in more than 50 years."
WSU will open the season Aug. 30 at the Cougar Gridiron Classic presented by Washington's Beef Producers at Qwest Field, hosting the Cowboys in a game arranged for ESPN TV. The next weekend, Sept. 6, the Cougars host the California Bears in the Pacific-10 Conference opener for both teams.
Four other conference teams will challenge the Cougars in Pullman. They are Oregon Sept. 27, USC Oct. 18, Arizona Nov. 8 and Washington Nov. 22. Earlier this month WSU announced it will host Portland State in a Sept. 20 non-conference game from Martin Stadium.
On the road, WSU will take on Baylor Sept. 13, UCLA Oct. 4, Oregon State Oct. 11, Stanford Nov. 1 and ASU Nov. 15. The final regular season game for WSU will be at Hawaii Nov. 29. WSU last concluded a regular season at Hawaii in 1999.
"Playing four of our first five games in front of our home fans and ending with a trip to Hawaii is a great way to bookend our schedule," Sterk added. "It provides excellent TV exposure as well as a highly desirable travel destination for members of Cougar Nation."
The complete 2008 football schedule for Washington State:
Aug. 30 - Oklahoma State at Seattle
Sept. 6 - California at Pullman
Sept. 13 - Baylor at Waco
Sept. 20 - Portland State at Pullman
Sept. 27 - Oregon at Pullman
Oct. 4 - UCLA at Pasadena
Oct. 11 - Oregon State at Corvallis
Oct. 18 - USC at Pullman
Oct. 25 - Open
Nov. 1 - Stanford at Stanford
Nov. 8 - Arizona at Pullman
Nov. 15 - Arizona State at Tempe
Nov. 22 - Washington at Pullman
Nov. 29 - Hawaii at Honolulu