The Huskies will open the season with an afternoon game in what could be a top-10 showdown against Auburn, while they will close the regular season in primetime in Pullman.
The potential top-10 season-opening matchup between Washington and Auburn has been scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. PT kickoff at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Sept. 1, the Pac-12 announced Thursday.
The game will air on ABC.
Washington was ranked No. 4 by USA Today in its post-spring rankings earlier this month. Auburn was No. 11. This will be the first meeting between the two teams.
The Huskies will head to Atlanta looking for their first regular-season victory over a ranked Power Five nonconference opponent away from Seattle since the 1994 Whammy in Miami.
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The Pac-12 announced kickoff times for the first three weeks of the 2018 season, plus select other games.
Notably, the Apple Cup this year has been scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. kickoff on Friday, Nov. 23 in Pullman. FOX will broadcast that game.
The Huskies’ Sept. 8 home opener against North Dakota has been selected for a 2 o’clock kickoff on the Pac-12 Networks.
And the Huskies’ Pac-12 opener at Utah on Sept. 15 will be a 7 p.m. kickoff (8 p.m. MT) on ESPN.
Kickoff times for the remaining Pac-12 games will be announced at a later date, typically 12 days before the game.
UW’s 2018 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Sept. 1 — vs. Auburn, at Atlanta (12:30 p.m., ABC)
Sept. 8 — vs. North Dakota (2 p.m., Pac-12 Net)
Sept. 15 — at Utah (7 p.m., ESPN)
Sept. 22 — vs. Arizona State (TBA)
Sept. 29 — vs. BYU (TBA)
Oct. 6 — at UCLA (TBA)
Oct. 13 — at Oregon (TBA)
Oct. 20 — vs. Colorado (TBA)
Oct. 27 — at California (TBA)
Nov. 3 — vs. Stanford (TBA)
Nov. 10 — bye
Nov. 17 — vs. Oregon State (TBA)
Nov. 23 — at Washington State (5:30 p.m., FOX)