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Originally published Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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Breaking down the Huskies' 2008 schedule

Aug. 30 at Oregon 7 p.m., FSN Series: Washington leads, 58-37-5. Comment: Ducks have won the past four by an average of 22 ½ points...

Aug. 30

at Oregon

7 p.m., FSN

Series: Washington leads, 58-37-5.

Comment: Ducks have won the past four by an average of 22 ½ points. Last UW win was 42-10 in 2003 when Keith Gilbertson was coach.

Sept. 6

BYU

Noon, FSN

Series: UW leads, 4-2

Comment: Huskies have won three games in Seattle by an average of 17.6 points. Key game for Cougars in quest for berth in a BCS bowl.

Sept. 13

Oklahoma

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4:45 p.m., ESPN

Series: Tied 1-1

Comment: Only meetings are memorable 1985 Orange Bowl win for Huskies and a 37-20 victory for Sooners in Norman in 2006.

Sept. 27

Stanford

7 p.m., FSN

Series: UW leads, 40-34-4.

Comment: Willingham is 4-1 against his former team but 0-1 in Seattle, losing 20-3 in 2006 after Suddenly Senior controversy.

Oct. 4

at Arizona

TBA

Series: UW leads, 16-7-1.

Comment: Already tabbed by some as "Hot Seat Bowl" with each coach under a lot of scrutiny. Willingham has two wins in Tucson.

Oct. 18

Oregon State

4 p.m., Versus

Series: UW leads, 57-31-4.

Comment: OSU has won four in a row and this figures to be a highly charged affair after an emotional game in Corvallis last year.

Oct. 25

Notre Dame

5 p.m., ABC/ESPN/ESPN2

Series: Notre Dame

leads, 6-0.

Comment: Willingham is 1-1 in this series, beating the Huskies in 2004 while at Notre Dame and losing in 2005 while coach of UW.

Nov. 1

at USC

TBA

Series: USC leads, 48-26-4

Comment: Trojans have won the past six, longest streak since winning 10 in a row from 1965-74. Huskies have been close the past two years, however, losing by a combined nine points.

Nov. 8

Arizona State

TBA

Series: UW leads, 15-12.

Comment: Dennis Erickson is 0-3 at Husky Stadium, losing once as WSU coach (1987) and twice as Oregon State coach (2000, 2002). ASU has won the past four, its longest streak.

Nov. 15

UCLA

TBA

Series: UCLA leads,

36-29-2.

Comment: Focus on this one will inevitably turn to the UCLA sideline and coach Rick Neuheisel, who will make his return to Husky Stadium.

Nov. 22

at Washington State

Noon, FSN

Series: UW leads, 64-30-6

Comment: Cougars have won three of past four and have never won four of five against Huskies. Willingham is 1-2 in Apple Cups, winning in Pullman in 2006.

Dec. 6

at California

TBA

Series: UW leads, 47-37-4

Comment: Game moved back to create some byes in the schedule. First time since 1948 WSU isn't final conference opponent of the season.

Bob Condotta

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