The Pac-12 released its 2013 schedule on Thursday. We're not going to run through all 100+ games here (visit the Pac-12 website for the full schedule) but here are some interesting tidbits that jumped out to us:
- All 79 games originating at Pac-12 sites will be broadcast on national TV. 44 games will be split between ESPN/ABC and Fox, and the other 35 will be picked up by Pac-12 Networks.
- For the first time in its brief history, the Pac-12 Championship will be played on a Saturday. The Dec. 7 title game will be shown by ESPN or ABC.
- Clear Your Schedule, Part I: Oregon will visit Stanford on Thursday, Nov. 7.
- Clear Your Schedule, Part II: Stanford will close the regular season at home against Notre Dame on Nov. 30.
- Sonny Dykes will open his Cal tenure at home versus Northwestern on Aug. 31.
- Mike MacIntyre's first game at Colorado will take place in Denver against Colorado State on Aug. 31.
- The Pac-12 will play a fully national slate on Sept. 14. Arizona State hosts Wisconsin, USC hosts Boston College, Oregon hosts Tennessee and Cal hosts Ohio State. Meanwhile, Stanford goes across the country to visit Army, UCLA travels to Nebraska and Washington meets Illinois in Chicago. Unlike some other leagues, the Pac-12 isn't cheating its TV partners this week.
- Dykes faces his old boss Mike Leach for the first time when Cal hosts Washington State on Oct. 5.
- Rivalry week is split over two days: Oregon State at Oregon and Washington State at Washington will be held Friday, Nov. 29. The next day, Arizona will visit Arizona State, UCLA will meet USC, Utah hosts Colorado and Stanford hosts Notre Dame.
What stands out to you?