Jon Wilner's terrific blog takes a look at the toughest college football schedules, and this time Washington comes in second behind Georgia.
Here's what he has to say about the UW schedule:
2. Washington: Once again Tyrone Willingham gets no breaks from the schedule. The Huskies played one of the toughest last season and in '08 get Oregon, USC and Cal on the road, Notre Dame, Arizona State, BYU and, um, Oklahoma at home. I count nine bowl teams on the schedule.
For the past couple of seasons, most folks have agreed that Washington has played one of the toughest schedules in the nation, if not the toughest. And Wilner's No. 2 ranking affirms the degree of difficulty of a schedule that pours Brigham Young, Oklahoma and Notre Dame on top of a Pac-10 schedule. (I thought Wilner's pick of UCLA at No. 4 was interesting. I think if anyone in the Pac-10 has a schedule that rivals UW's it's USC ... with UW getting the nod because the Huskies have to play the Trojans, while the Trojans get to play the Huskies.)
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That latter point, unfortunately, is reflected in Wilner's follow-up piece ranking the nation's five easiest schedules. And on that list are two teams whose out-of-conference schedule includes games against the Huskies: Oklahoma and Notre Dame.