PULLMAN – Washington State’s football team will still play seven games in Pullman next season, but the Martin Stadium games are spread more generously throughout the year rather than all clumped into the month of September.
And the bye week falls at a more ideal time – Week 7 instead of Week 11.
“My favorite place for the bye is the last third,” WSU coach Mike Leach said on Saturday after a game at Utah. “I think the SEC’s got the best notion on the bye. … In the perfect world, it’d be somewhere after approximately two-thirds.”
The Cougars opened the 2017 season at Martin Stadium and then played four more games inside their home fort to close out the month of September. They’ll spend the first week of the 2018 season away from the Palouse when they travel to Laramie, Wyoming, for a Sept. 1 date agianst the Wyoming Cowboys.
The 2018 Pac-12 slate will feature a handful of Friday night contests and the Cougars will appear in two of them: Sept. 21 at USC and Nov. 23 at home against Washington in the Apple Cup.
“For each of these contests, the road team will have a home game or a bye the Saturday prior to its Thursday/Friday game,” the Pac-12 said in its release.
During the 2017 season, four teams were forced to play Friday road games after playing away from home the previous Saturday. All four of them – USC, WSU, UCLA and UW – lost the Friday night game.
WSU defeated then fifth-ranked USC in Pullman earlier this season on Friday in Pullman and the 2018 rematch between the Cougars and Trojans in Los Angeles will open the Pac-12 slate for WSU.
The Cougars also play San Jose State and Eastern Washington in nonleague play – both games at Martin Stadium. In Pac-12 play, WSU once again misses UCLA and Arizona State.
The full 2018 schedule can be found below.
Saturday Sept. 1 – at Wyoming
Saturday Sept. 8 – San Jose State
Saturday Sept. 15 – Eastern Washington
Friday Sept. 21 – at USC
Saturday Sept. 29 – Utah (Homecoming)
Saturday Oct. 6 – at Oregon State
Oct. 13 – BYE
Saturday Oct. 20 – Oregon
Saturday Oct. 27– at Stanford
Saturday Nov. 3 – California (Dad’s Weekend)
Saturday Nov. 10 – at Colorado
Saturday Nov. 17 – Arizona
Friday Nov. 23 – Washington (Apple Cup)
(home games in bold)