The Washington Huskies will usher in the Chris Peterson era on Saturday night with a trip to Hawaii to take on the Warriors.
Peterson is replacing Steve Sarkisian, who left watching to take over as head coach of the Southern Cal Trojans. Sarkisian did a solid job at Washington, posting a 34-29 record but never won more than eight games (Washington went 9-4 last season but Sarkisian did not coach in their 31-16 win over the BYU Cougars in the Fight Hunger Bowl).
Peterson enters as one of the most successful coaches of the decade. In eight years in Boise, Peterson posted a record of 92-12, including two perfect seasons, two Fiesta Bowl wins and three one-loss seasons.
Peterson’s opening game is not without controversy. Starting quarterback Cyler Myles was suspended for all of spring practice and for the opener. Redshirt sophomore Jeff Lindquist and will start for the Huskies on Saturday. Myles could regain the job as early as next week but he will not be available against the Warriors.
Hawaii returns 16 starters from a team that lost their first 11 games last season. They are just 4-20 in two years under Norm Chow. Washington is a 17-point favorite.
Here’s how you can watch all the action live on Saturday as college football’s opening weekend continues.
Date: August 30
Start Time: 10:30 PM ET
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Stadium: Aloha Stadium
TV Info: CBS Sports Network
Live Stream: College Sports Live
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