The Washington Huskies and the Fresno State Bulldogs announced today that the two teams will clash in non-conference action in 2017, setting a September 16 date at Husky Stadium.
It's a solid move for a 'Dogs squad that looks prepared to be near the top of the Mountain West for the next few years. In addition, it shows that coach Tim DeRuyter isn't afraid to continue the legacy of "anyone, anytime, anywhere", as the road game in Seattle will mark the fifth year in seven of trekking to Pac-12 territory (the team's 2013 road game at Colorado canceled due to flooding, and they don't currently have any such commitments in 2015 or 2016).
The 'Dogs and Huskies have a very brief history, with Washington currently holding a 2-1 advantage. In the last meeting, at Husky Stadium in 2006, the home team held off Fresno for a 21-20 victory. It will also, if things hold, mark the first time a Bulldogs team will square off against a Chris Petersen-coached squad since the memorable 41-40 win against Boise State in 2013.
At the very least, it will improve a 2016 non-conference slate that had heretofore looked relatively mild, with only home dates against FCS Incarnate Word and BYU lined up.