Georgia State fills out Huskies’ dance card for 2014


McClatchy News Service

SEATTLE — Washington has added Georgia State to its list of 2014 opponents, pushing that season’s schedule to the NCAA maximum 13 games.

Georgia State, which is moving into the Football Bowl Subdivision and will play in the Sun Belt Conference in 2013, has several ties to Washington.

The Panthers are coached by ex-Washington running backs coach Trent Miles (2005-07). Coaching the quarterbacks is Luke Huard, whose brothers Damon and Brock quarterbacked at UW. J.D. Williams, another ex-UW assistant and brother of late UW player Curtis Williams, is also on the staff.

All four of Washington’s non-conference games in 2014 are scheduled prior to conference play. Washington will open Aug. 30 at Hawaii, then play host to Eastern Washington (Sept. 6), Illinois (Sept. 13) and Georgia State (Sept. 20).

Washington athletic director Scott Woodward has said he prefers an “A, B, C” approach to scheduling non-conference games. That would look much like last season’s non-conference schedule. Traveling to powerhouse LSU qualified as the “A” component, San Diego State as the “B” and Football Championship Subdivision school Portland State was the “C.”

The 2014 non-conference schedule, one which will likely be navigated by a new starting quarterback after Keith Price’s graduation, appears to be stacked with mostly “C” level teams.

Hawaii (3-9 in 2012) and Illinois (2-10) were two of the weaker teams in the country last season. Eastern Washington is an FCS school, and Georgia State will be in its first year of postseason eligibility following a transitional season in 2013.