BYU COUGARS

Reports: Washington Reached Out To BYU To Play, Cougars Wanted Firm Commitment

Nov 22, 2020, 7:02 PM | Updated: 9:17 pm
Washington Huskies head coach Jimmy Lake heads across the field after a PAC12 football game between...
Washington Huskies head coach Jimmy Lake heads across the field after a PAC12 football game between the Oregon State Beavers and the Washington Huskies on November 14, 2020, at Husky Stadium in Seattle, WA. Washington won the game 27-21. (Photo by Jeff Halstead/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
(Photo by Jeff Halstead/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Washington Huskies are looking for an opponent this week and the BYU Cougars happen to have an open date.

According to multiple reports, the Huskies reached out to BYU to try and schedule a game with the Cougars this weekend. BYU declined the offer.

ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg and Kyle Bonagura first reported the news.

Bruce Feldman of FOX sports and The Athletic, reported that BYU rejected Washington’s offer because the Cougars want to see where the College Football Playoff Committee ranks the team when the first Top 25 ranking is released this Tuesday.

BYU has hopes of reaching a New Year’s Six Bowl game. In order to qualify for that as an at-large team, the Cougars would have to be ranked in the top 12 of the CFP rankings to get into a NY6 game.

In the latest Associated Press Top 25 rankings that were released on Sunday, BYU stayed at No. 8 following their blowout win over North Alabama at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday.

Another reason that BYU could have rejected Washington’s offer was because of the possibility the Huskies play Utah this week. When the Pac-12 approved teams to schedule non-conference opponents, those teams have to follow the criteria below:

  • “All Pac-12 testing and related protocols must be adhered to by the non-conference opponent;
  • The non-conference game will in all cases be a home game for the Pac-12 team, broadcast by a Pac-12 television partner; and
  • If a Pac-12 opponent becomes available by the end of day Thursday in any given week, the Conference game must be played in lieu of any non-conference game.”

According to Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports, BYU is interested in playing Washington but they want a contract in place.

But that is not possible because of the criteria listed above.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

BYU Cougars

Jaren-Hall-BYU...
Kyle Ireland

ESPN Analyst Praises BYU QB Jaren Hall During Win Over USU

Former NFL player and current ESPN broadcaster Louis Riddick praised BYU quarterback Jaren Hall during the Cougars' win over Utah State.
2 days ago
BYU Quarterback Jaren Hall warming up before game against Utah State...
Matt Baiamonte

BYU Football Questions Answered In Win Against Utah State

The defense didn’t come to play in the first half so Jaren Hall and the offense had to put up points in third quarter to secure the win.
3 days ago
Max-Tooley-BYU...
Mitch Harper

Instant Takeaways From BYU’s Win Over Utah State

Here are some instant takeaways from BYU football's third consecutive victory in the Old Wagon Wheel rivalry.
3 days ago
utah-state-quarterback-cooper-legas...
Brian Preece

Cooper Legas Deserves Another Start After Loss To BYU

In spite of the final numbers, Cooper Legas looks capable of improving the fortunes of a Utah State offense that has struggled in 2022.
3 days ago
byu-utah-state-game-recap...
Dallen Graff

No. 19 BYU Takes Care Of Business With Win Over Utah State

No. 19 BYU took care of business in a rivalry matchup, holding off Utah State 38-26 on Thursday night in Provo.
3 days ago
Christopher-Brooks-BYU-Cougars-Oregon-Ducks-2022...
Kyle Ireland

BYU Stops USU’s Offense, Christopher Brooks Bursts For TD

BYU RB Christopher Brooks burst for a TD after the Cougars stopped the Utah State Aggies and forced them to turn the ball over on downs.
3 days ago
Reports: Washington Reached Out To BYU To Play, Cougars Wanted Firm Commitment