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With UCLA pushed back, Rutgers adds Washington

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Originally scheduled to face UCLA in 2016 and 2017, Rutgers will instead see another member of the same conference those two seasons.

The Scarlet Knights, who will move from the AAC to the Big Ten in July of this year, confirmed Thursday that they have added a home-and-home series against Washington in 2016 and 2017.  The Huskies will host the first game (Sept. 3), then travel to Piscataway for the second (Sept. 2).

The 2016 matchup will mark the first-ever between the two football programs.

The series with the Bruins has been pushed back to unspecified dates in 2020 and 2021, with UCLA filling in that 2016-17 hole with Texas A&M.  RU wrote in its release announcing the UW series that the home-and-home with UCLA “was moved back to allow the Scarlet Knights to have seven home games in each of those respective seasons.”

With the Big Ten moving to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016, the Knights would’ve had just six home games in 2017 (four B1G games, two non-conference contests) as the UCLA game was scheduled to be played in Pasadena.

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