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ESPN: Washington Has The Easiest Non-Conference Schedule In '17

The Huskies' non-conference schedule is pretty weak.

ESPN has ranked the 10 easiest non-conference schedules for the upcoming 2017 season.

Sitting at No. 1 is a preseason top 10, College Football Playoff contender.

It's Washington.

Here's the Huskies' slate:

Sept. 1: at Rutgers
Sept. 9: Montana
Sept. 16: Fresno State

Here's what ESPN says:

For the second straight year, it looks like Washington won't have to break much of a sweat in the nonconference part of its slate. The Huskies faced Rutgers at home a year ago to open the season (a 48-13 win) and will make a return trip to open the 2017 season. The Scarlet Knights won just two games last season and lost their last nine games.

From there, Washington tackles FCS foe Montana and a Fresno State team that went 1-11 in 2016. Sounds a lot like another cushy 3-0 start for the Huskies, who made the College Football Playoff last season despite playing one of the weakest nonconference schedules in the country.

To be fair, these schedules were finalized before Chris Petersen got the job, and Washington has BYU and Michigan on future schedules.

You can view ESPN's full non-conference schedule rankings here.