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Pac-12 releases complete 2012 schedule

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With a handful of new, high-profile head coaches — Washington State’s Mike Leach and Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez among them — USC coming off a bowl ban; Oregon claiming the conference’s first Rose Bowl title since after the 2008 season; and a historic scheduling agreement with the Big Ten, the future is looking very bright for the Pac-12 in football.

As for the short-term future, the conference released a look at what the 2012 slate will look like.

Highlighted by the Nov. 3 meeting between USC and Oregon — the same day, incidentally, LSU and Alabama square off in a rematch of the rematch of The Rematch — the Pac-12 released the full schedule of each of its members Wednesday, with the 2012 season kicking off Thursday, Aug. 30, with Utah hosting Northern Colorado and ending with the conference championship game Friday, Nov. 30.  And, for the first time in the conference’s history, all games will be nationally televised.

“The one thing we heard loud and clear from fans across the Conference is they want to see their teams play every week,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said. “Starting in 2012 fans can see all games throughout the country.”

Some notes of interest from the freshly-minted schedule appear below, followed by the complete 2012 league slate after the jump:

  • The conference schedule opens Sept. 15 with USC traveling to Stanford, the only league game that weekend.
  • In the first three weeks of the season, Pac-12 teams will face BcS conference foes such as Oklahoma State (at Arizona), Illinois (at Arizona State), Syracuse (neutral field vs. USC), Nebraska (at UCLA), Wisconsin (at Oregon State) LSU (Washington), Missouri (Arizona State) and Ohio State (Cal).
  • The Big Game between Cal and Stanford will be moved from November to October.  It will be the first time that game has been played during that month.
  • Washington does not open conference play until the fifth weekend, a Thursday night affair with Stanford on Sept. 27.  Additionally, all of the Huskies’ home games will be played at the home of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.
  • Five of Stanford’s last seven games, including four of six conference contests, will be played on the road.
  • The new schedule will also include eight Thursday and Friday specialty dates.

Thur., Aug. 30
Northern Colorado at Utah

Sat., Sept. 1
Toledo at Arizona
Northern Arizona at Arizona State
Hawai’i at USC
UCLA at Rice
Nevada at California
San Jose State at Stanford
Arkansas State at Oregon
Nicholls State at Oregon State
San Diego State at Washington
Washington State at BYU
Colorado vs. Colorado State (1)

Sat. Sept. 8
Oklahoma State at Arizona
Illinois at Arizona State
Southern Utah at California
USC vs. Syracuse (2)
Nebraska at UCLA
Duke at Stanford
Fresno State at Oregon
Wisconsin at Oregon State
Washington at LSU
Eastern Washington at Washington State
Sacramento State at Colorado
Utah at Utah State

Sat., Sept. 15
South Carolina State at Arizona
Arizona State at Missouri
USC at Stanford
Houston at UCLA
California at Ohio State
Tennessee Tech at Oregon
Portland State at Washington
Washington State at UNLV
Colorado at Fresno State
BYU at Utah

Sat., Sept. 22

Arizona at Oregon
Utah at Arizona State
California at USC
Oregon State at UCLA
Colorado at Washington State

Thur., Sept. 27
Stanford at Washington

Sat., Sept. 29
Oregon State at Arizona
Arizona State at California
UCLA at Colorado
Oregon at Washington State

Thurs., Oct. 4
USC at Utah

Sat., Oct. 6
Arizona at Stanford
UCLA at California
Washington at Oregon
Washington State at Oregon State

Thurs., Oct. 11
Arizona State at Colorado

Sat., Oct. 13
USC at Washington
Utah at UCLA
California at Washington State
Stanford at Notre Dame
Oregon State at BYU

Thurs., Oct. 18
Oregon at Arizona State

Sat., Oct. 20
Washington at Arizona
Colorado at USC
Stanford at California
Utah at Oregon State

Sat., Oct. 27
USC at Arizona
UCLA at Arizona State
California at Utah
Washington State at Stanford
Colorado at Oregon
Oregon State at Washington

Fri., Nov. 2
Washington at California

Sat., Nov. 3
Arizona at UCLA
Arizona State at Oregon State
Oregon at USC
Stanford at Colorado
Washington State at Utah

Sat., Nov. 10
Colorado at Arizona
Arizona State at USC
UCLA at Washington State
Oregon at California
Oregon State at Stanford
Utah at Washington

Sat., Nov. 17
Arizona at Utah
Washington State at Arizona State
USC at UCLA
California at Oregon State
Stanford at Oregon
Washington at Colorado

Fri., Nov. 23
Arizona State at Arizona
Washington at Washington State
Utah at Colorado

Sat., Nov. 24
Notre Dame at USC
Stanford at UCLA
Oregon at Oregon State

Fri., Nov. 30
Pac-12 Football Championship Game

Neutral Sites
(1) Invesco Field, Denver, Colo.
(2) MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Note: All Washington home games will be played at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Wash.

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10 Responses to “Pac-12 releases complete 2012 schedule”
  1. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 4, 2012 4:25 PM

    Pac 12 is such a stronger conference from top to bottom than that weak Big 10.

  2. phelbin says: Jan 4, 2012 4:40 PM

    The Pac10 was always better than its reputation. And people are going to be very surprised the next few years when the Pac12 takes some big games. The big new TV money means better coaches and new facilities, which translates to better recruits and more wins.

  3. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jan 4, 2012 5:38 PM

    @ thatobnoxiousguy :
    We will see how weak the Big Ten is compared to the PAC12 when they meet. FYI – in 2011 the PAC12 only had 6 teams over 500. The Big Ten had 8. The Pac12 won 58% of their out of conference games. The Big Ten won 68%. USC had serious problems with Minnesota (the 2nd worst team in the Big Ten).
    4 of the all time top 20 teams win/loss % are Big Ten teams. Only 2 are PAC12. I could go on, but this posting would be too long to read.

  4. mkarzt714 says: Jan 4, 2012 5:39 PM

    and if theres no bowl ban pac12 sends three teams to bcs games. hopefully the upcomming success erases that east coast bias

  5. toad8572 says: Jan 4, 2012 7:23 PM

    Why would the Huskies not want to play in their Lake Washington-side Husky Stadium? It’s one of the most best college football venues!

    I’d let them keep the Seahawk’s stadium for the Seahawks.

  6. vandalcowboy says: Jan 4, 2012 7:40 PM

    @mkarzt714:

    Bowl ban or not, the PAC12 would not have sent 3 teams to BCS games this year. Except for one obscure scenario (which has never happened for any conference in the history of the BCS) BCS rules only allow 2 teams from a conference to go to BCS games.

  7. gloverjp says: Jan 4, 2012 11:50 PM

    Toad,

    University of Washington is not playing any home games at Husky Stadium because they are doing a complete and total renovation. They’ll be playing at “I can’t believe it’s not Qwest” for the next two years.

  8. pdcooper08 says: Jan 5, 2012 8:05 AM

    It doesn’t give me any pleasure to say this, but I have to agree with brutus buckeye here. I’m not sure how you can say with a straight face that the Pac 12 is so much stronger then the Big 10. The past few years the Pac 10 -12 has not been strong. In fact they where average at best. Only a few teams each of the past few years that even qualified for a bowl game. The Big 10 takes about 3/4 of there conference to bowl games. I’m not arguing the fact that when they get to there bowl game, most have struggled and lost. The fact of the matter is, the Big 10 has had more teams with winning records the past few years. I do believe the Pac 12 will be improved this coming year, but until it’s settled on the field, I think the Big 10 has shown they have been a stronger conference.

  9. 12strikes says: Jan 5, 2012 8:12 AM

    USC lucked out getting a cupcake tuneup game the week before the Pac-12 Championship game.

  10. collegefootballfn says: Jan 6, 2012 12:38 AM

    @brutusbuckeye2011
    First off, I’m not here to bash the Big 10. They’ve got some great programs, with Ohio State at the top of the list. I also think they get somewhat screwed in bowl games, in that most of them are played in warmer climates, away from Big 10 country. That being said, on the subject of Pac 12 vs. Big 10, here are the head-to-head records for current members of the Pac-12 vs. the Big 10 (according to the Stassen database):
    2001-2011: 34-20 (.630)
    2006-2011: 14-6 (.700)

    The database only goes to 2011 and I didn’t take the time to look up this past season, but those are pretty convincing numbers in favor of past success for the Pac 12. vs. the Big 10

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