College Sports

UW football opener moved up one day

SEATTLE - Tyrone Willingham's third season at Washington will kick off on a Friday night.

The Huskies announced on Thursday that their season opener at Syracuse has been moved from Saturday, Sept. 1, to Friday, Aug. 31, so the game can be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

It will be just the second time since 1999 that a Washington game will not be played on a Saturday. The previous time was the 1999 season opener at Brigham Young in Rick Neuheisel's first game as Washington coach.

This is the second schedule change to the Huskies' 2007 schedule. Two weeks ago, the 100th Apple Cup was moved back a week so both Washington and Washington State could schedule a bye in the middle of the season. The Huskies also added a 13th game at Hawaii on Dec. 1.