Who WSU football will face in 2023
26 January 2023
WSU beat then-No. 19 Wisconsin during the 2022 season. Wisconsin recently hired a new head coach, Luke Fickell. They’ll be looking for revenge against the Cougs in the Palouse in 2023. That should be WSU’s first tough contest as they play Sept. 9 in week two.
Northern Colorado hasn’t been successful the past few seasons. They have a recent history of losing. They went 3-8 last season. This will be the third game of the season for WSU on September 16th.
Oregon State is on the rise, a program that went 10-3 in 2022. They finished the season ranked No. 17, according to AP vote. Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei recently transferred to Oregon State from Clemson. This will be WSU’s first Pac-12 contest when they play Sept. 23 in week four.
Arizona finished 5-7 in 2022. They were ranked just below WSU in the Pac-12 standings for eighth in the conference. They still have ex-Coug Jayden de Laura at quarterback, and it will be one hell of an atmosphere for him to enter Martin Stadium. They play on October 14 in week six.
Stanford was one of the worst teams in the Pac-12 last season, just behind Colorado. They finished with a 3-9 record. WSU blew them out in 2022, they were able to beat Stanford 52-14. They also lost their starting quarterback to the NFL draft. They will meet on November 4 in week nine.
In the past, Colorado has been the laughing stock of the Pac-12. This has changed in just one season when they hired Deion Sanders as their head coach. Their transfer class is now number 1 in the country. They will have a completely different look in the upcoming season. WSU will play Colorado on Nov. 15 in their final home game.
Colorado State is one of the worst football programs in the country. They have a history of despair over the past few years. They finished 3–9 near the bottom of their conference. WSU beat them in 2022 38-7. This will be the season opener for both teams when they play Sept. 2 in Week 11.
UCLA played well in 2022, bringing relevance back to the football program. They finished No. 21 in the AP poll. Chip Kelly and his sprawling college system are perfect for the team. They will be without their starting quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, but will still be good. They play WSU Oct. 7 in week five of the season.
Oregon is the top talent in the Pac-12. They are stacked head to toe in talent on the field, both defensively and offensively. They finished 2022 ranked No. 15. Head coach Dan Lanning has also been a revelation for them, leading them to a 10-3 record in his first year as head coach. Bo Nix will also be in the conversation for Heisman candidacy. WSU will face Oregon on Oct. 21 in week seven.
Arizona State’s program fell apart somewhat last season when they fired their head coach Herm Edwards mid-season. They finished their season 3-9 and ranked tenth in the Pac-12. Kelly Dillingham will be in his first season as head coach. WSU plays ASU Oct. 28 in week eight.
Cal is not a good team, they finished 4-8. Head coach Justin Wilcox is trying to do an entire rebuild of the program. They have star running back Jaydn Ott, who will be entering his second year. Besides him, they don’t have many bright spots. WSU plays Cal the week of Nov. 11 10.
The Apple Cup wasn’t very competitive in 2022 as the University of Washington blew out WSU 51-33. UW finished No. 8 in AP Poll in 2022. Michael Penix Jr. will be one of the top Heisman candidates and is expected to have a massive season of production. UW will be very competitive in the AP Poll rankings as they look to make a playoff push. WSU plays UW Nov. 25 in Week 12.