The Pac-12 will open the 2015 college football season with a pair of noteworthy games on Pac-12 soil. Utah will host Michigan and Arizona will play host to UTSA on Thursday, September 3, 2015. The rest of the Pac-12 schedule, including a nine-game conference schedule and a championship game in Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, was unveiled Tuesday night.
As confirmed by the Pac-12, one-third of the conference’s schedule will be played against other Power 5 conferences, including five against their Rose Bowl partners from the Big Ten. As usual, the Pac-12 will reserve the final two weeks of the season for traditional rivalry games between conference members. One exception to the schedule will be a regular season finale between Arizona State and California (instead of Stanford-Cal and Arizona State-Arizona). This was done in order to protect contracts between Stanford and USC with Notre Dame.
As expected, the Pac-12 also has confirmed every game played by a Pac-12 school will appear on TV as a result of broadcast deals with ESPN, ABC, FOX and FOX Sports 1. Pac-12 Network will pick up any additional games not carried by any of the other networks. Broadcast schedules will be determined next year.
The date for the Pac-12 Championship Game will be either Friday, December 4, 2015 or the following day, December 5, 2015. The Pac-12 played its championship game on a Friday the first two years (2011 and 2012), but moved to Saturday night in 2013. This year’s championship game will move back to Friday night (December 5) for a more exclusive time slot that weekend.
Some of the more notable games on the Pac-12 schedule are:
Sep. 3 (Thursday) Utah vs. Michigan
Sep. 5 Arizona State vs. Texas A&M (Houston, Texas)
Sep. 5 Washington @ Boise State
Sep. 12 Oregon @ Michigan State
Sep. 12 Oregon State @ Michigan
Sep. 12 Washington State @ Rutgers
Sep. 19 USC vs. Stanford
Sep. 19 UCLA vs. BYU
Sep. 19 California @ Texas
Sep. 26 Arizona State vs. USC
Oct. 8 (Thursday) USC vs. Washington
Oct. 15 (Thursday) Stanford vs. UCLA
Oct. 17 USC @ Notre Dame
Oct. 29 (Thursday) Arizona State vs. Oregon
Nov. 14 Stanford vs. Oregon
Nov. 21 Oregon vs. USC
Nov. 27 (Friday) Oregon vs. Oregon State
Nov. 27 (Friday) Washington vs. Washington State
Nov. 28 USC vs. UCLA
Nov. 28 Stanford vs. Notre Dame
Dec 4 or Dec. 5 Pac-12 Championship Game (Levi’s Stadium)
You can see the full release about the Pac-12 schedule here.