The schools announced Tuesday that Washington has exercised an option to back out of games with BYU in 2011 and 2012. However, the Huskies and Cougars will still play their scheduled 2010 game in Provo -- a return game from a 2008 matchup in Seattle.
Washington replaced BYU with a game against Eastern Washington, marking the first time in school history the Huskies have scheduled a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) team.
Now only three teams in the country - USC, UCLA and Notre Dame - have never scheduled a FCS opponent since the division setup was created in 1978.
According to the Associated Press, Washington athletic director Scott Woodward said that the cost guarantees for scheduling a Football Bowl Subdivision team from a non-automatic qualifying BCS conference have gotten too expensive and that dropping down to add a FCS team is the best move for now.