No matter your opinion of John Wilner, you have to admit the dude isn't afraid to throw blows at the Pac-12. He's calling out the conference for again scheduling against a team getting to the playoffs. I think he's sneakily becoming a secret fan of UW.
The good news:
"No team will play a Saturday road game followed by a Friday road game in 2018."
The bad news:
"The Hotline took a deep dive into the 2018 schedules — they are ranked below, weakest to strongest — and found that the team with seemingly the best chance to reach the College Football Playoff has been dealt a dastardly assignment that doesn’t exist for playoff contenders in other conferences.Why in the world is Washington playing two conference road games in a row, with the back end being a trip to Oregon and the Ducks coming off a bye.
In the Hotline’s humble opinion, that qualifies as a competitive disadvantage.
For UW fans, the situation might feel alarmingly familiar. One of UW’s two losses last season came in Tempe, with Arizona State coming off a bye.
In that case, at least, the Huskies had been at home the previous week. This time, they’re on the road: Washington visits UCLA on Oct. 6, then plays in Eugene on Oct. 13.
The Ducks will have been off for 13 days.
(It’s the same mid-October weekend as UW’s loss in Tempe, which might make Husky fans even more anxious.)"
His final thought:
"The Hotline reviewed the schedules for the top teams in the other Power Fives and found that none of them — not Alabama or Georgia or LSU, not Ohio State or Michigan or Wisconsin, not Oklahoma or Notre Dame, not Clemson or Florida State
— has been assigned consecutive conference road games with the back end against a home team coming off 13 days rest.There’s a reason the other Power Fives don’t put teams in that position.
Maybe the Pac-12 will get that issue resolved for 2019."