2012 Pac-12 football schedule released
Posted by: Jake Knapp
Tucson (www.arizonawildcats.com) -The Pac-12 Conference has released its 2012 football schedule, which will feature every game on national television for the first time in conference history, it was announced on Wednesday. The University of Arizona Wildcats will host eight home games, the most at Arizona Stadium since 1988, and will travel for four road games.
The Wildcats will play host to Toledo (Sept. 1), Oklahoma State (Sept. 8), South Carolina State (Sept. 15), Oregon State (Sept. 29), Washington (Oct. 20), USC (Oct. 27), Colorado (Nov. 10) and Arizona State (Nov. 23). UA will hit the road for games at Oregon (Sept. 22), Stanford (Oct. 6), UCLA (Nov. 3) and Utah (Nov. 17).
Marking head coach Rich Rodriguez'sfirst game at the helm of the UA program, the Wildcats will host Toledo in the season opener. Arizona played Toledo at home in 2008 (W, 41-16) and faced the Rockets in their home stadium in 2010 (W, 41-2).
Arizona will play six-straight games to open season and then have a bye week before closing out the season with six-straight contests. In their second game of the season, the Cats will face Fiesta Bowl Champions Oklahoma State. Also during the 2012 slate, Arizona will never play back-to-back road games.
The Oct. 20 game vs. Washington will be family weekend and Homecoming festivities will be celebrated the weekend of Nov. 10 as UA hosts Colorado.
With the new ESPN and FOX media rights agreement, as well as the launch of the Pac-12 Networks in August, every Pac-12 football game will be available to fans on a national clearance, eliminating regional distribution which was prevalent in the prior broadcast arrangements. There will be 44 games on the combination of ESPN's family of networks, Fox Broadcast and FX, while 34 games are scheduled to air on the Pac-12 Networks. Exact broadcast schedules will be determined at a later date. The new schedule will also include eight Thursday and Friday specialty dates for ESPN and FOX. Dates during the first two weeks of the non-conference schedule are still being adjusted to accommodate television commitments, but the remainder of the schedule is set.
"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."
Utah is currently scheduled to get the 2012 season started on August 30 with a Thursday night game against Northern Colorado in Rice-Eccles Stadium. It will be one of 10 games hosted by Pac-12 teams in the opening week. Only UCLA (at Rice) and Washington State (at BYU) open on the opponent's home field.
Week two features four games against national powerhouses: Arizona hosts Oklahoma State, UCLA plays Nebraska in the Rose Bowl, Wisconsin visits Oregon State and Washington travels to LSU.
The Pac-12 Conference schedule begins Sept. 15 when Stanford and USC renew their rivalry at Stanford. Everyone else, except Washington, begins Pac-12 play the following week, including three-time defending champion Oregon, which will begin its title defense at home against Arizona on Sept. 22.
The Thursday night schedule will include Stanford at Washington on Sept. 27, USC at Utah on October 4, Arizona State at Colorado on Oct. 11 and Oregon at Arizona State on Oct. 18. The Friday games will include Washington at Cal on November 2, and three rivalry games on Nov. 23, Thanksgiving weekend: Arizona State at Arizona, Utah at Colorado and Washington at Washington State.
The Pac-12 Championship Game will be played Fri., Nov. 30 at the home field of the team with the best overall Conference record.
Season ticket deposits are now being taken. For tickets to Arizona football games, call (800) 452-2287 or visit the McKale Center Ticket Office.
2012 Arizona Football Schedule
Sept. 1 TOLEDO
Sept. 8 OKLAHOMA STATE
Sept. 15 SOUTH CAROLINA STATE
Sept. 22 @ Oregon
Sept. 29 OREGON STATE
Oct. 6 @ Stanford
Oct. 17 Open Date
Oct. 20 WASHINGTON (Family Weekend)
Oct. 27 USC
Nov. 3 @ UCLA
Nov. 10 COLORADO (Homecoming)
Nov. 17 @ Utah
Nov. 23 ARIZONA STATE (Friday)
Nov. 30 Pac-12 Championship Game (Friday)