Washington will face a grueling schedule of heavy-hitters in November.

We already knew who would be on the Huskies’ 2023 schedule, we’ve just been waiting to find out the order. UW will face USC and Utah from the defunct South in addition to Oregon and Oregon State up north. Along with UW, those four others made up the top five of the conference standings in 2022.

According to John Canzano, who got an early peak at the Pac-12 schedule for next season (set to release on Wednesday) the Huskies will face off against the Oregon Ducks on Oct. 14.

Both teams will enter that game coming off a bye week, according to Canzano.

The month of November will make or break coach Kalen DeBoer’s second season in Seattle.

According to Canzano, here’s what the month will look like for UW:

  • Nov. 4: at USC
  • Nov. 11: vs. Utah
  • Nov. 18: at Oregon State

The Trojans and Utes played for the conference title in 2022. The Beavers won 10 games. That trio won a combined 21 games in conference play.

USC returns the Heisman Trophy winner at quarterback (Caleb Williams). Utah returns the QB who led it to back-to-back Pac-12 crowns. Oregon State brings in former Clemson starter DJ Uiagalelei to take over under center.

The Huskies return their own star at quarterback in Michael Penix Jr., but it seems as if the conference wants to cash in quickly on DeBoer’s immediate success.

After an 11-win campaign in Year 1, the Huskies will be put to the test late in the season during a stretch that could either make or break a title run.

UW thinks it can contend for a national championship in 2023. If it gets through the gauntlet unscathed, there will be few who can argue they don’t deserve a shot to play for one.