Insta-reaction to the release of Pac-12 kickoff times and TV assignments for early-season and Thursday/Friday games …
1) What’s below … and what’s not below.
All conference games scheduled for Saturdays, starting with Week Four, will be announced either six or 12 days prior to kickoff.
The times below are only for games in the first three weeks, plus all Thursday and Friday games.
You’ll not that two of the six rivalry games are set: The Apple Cup and Civil War. Both are on Black Friday.
All other rivalry games are on Saturdays and don’t have kickoff times.
2) Week Two is THE week for the conference.
We’ve known this for months, but it’s worth repeating now that kickoff times are out:
Arizona at Houston
UCLA at Oklahoma
Colorado at Nebraska
Utah at Northern Illinois
Cal at BYU
USC at Stanford
Michigan State at Arizona State
The Wildcats play at 9 a.m. Pacific … the Bruins play at 10 a.m. Pacific … three opponents are Power Fives … five of the six non-conference dates are on the road … the logistics aren’t easy, but the narrative hangs in the balance.
3) The Pac-12 Networks lineup won’t make DirecTV beg for a deal.
Once again, the P12Nets were stuck with the leftovers after ESPN and Fox made their selections, which speaks to a central weakness in the model:
The conference retained the rights to 30-something football games to serve as the foundation for the Pac12Nets inventory, which means it didn’t maximize the dollars available from Fox and ESPN.
At the same time, the retained inventory isn’t compelling enough to create optimum leverage with potential subscribers and distributors.
Here are the non-conference opponents in games owned by the Pac-12 Networks this fall:
Weber State, UNLV, Bowling Green, Portland State, North Dakota, Southern Utah (twice), San Jose State (twice), UC Davis, New Hampshire, Idaho State and Eastern Washington.
4) Friday rules.
Once again, ESPN and FS1 showed a decided preference for airing conference games on Friday (five) over Thursday (one).
That doesn’t include the rivalry games typically on Black Friday.
5) The inevitable overlap.
As usual, the glut of early-season games created an overlap situation. This year, it comes in Week Three, with three games mashed into the 2 and 3 p.m. kickoff windows and all of them airing on the Pac-12 Networks.
Oregon-San Jose State will be on the National and Oregon feeds, but Colorado-New Hampshire will be shown only on the Mountain feed and Cal-Idaho State only on the Bay Area feed.
if you’re a fan of the Bears or Buffs but don’t have access to the Bay Area or Mountain feeds, respectively, you are out of luck with regard to linear TV access.
Here you go …
Thursday, Aug. 30
Weber State at Utah: 5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks
Friday, Aug. 31
San Diego State at Stanford: 6 p.m., FS1
Colorado vs. Colorado State (Denver): 6:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network
Saturday, Sept. 1
Oregon State at Ohio State: 9 a.m., ABC
Washington vs. Auburn (Atlanta): 12:30 p.m., ABC
Washington State at Wyoming: 12:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network
UNLV at USC: 1 p.m., Pac-12 Networks
North Carolina at Cal: 1 p.m., FOX
Cincinnati at UCLA: 4 p.m., ESPN
Bowling Green at Oregon: 5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks
UTSA at ASU: 7:30 p.m., FS1
BYU at Arizona: 7:45 p.m., ESPN
Saturday, Sept. 8
Arizona at Houston: 9 a.m., ABC/ESPN2
UCLA at Oklahoma: 10 a.m., FOX
Portland State at Oregon: 11 a.m., Pac-12 Networks
Colorado at Nebraska: 12:30 p.m., ABC
North Dakota at Washington: 2 p.m., Pac-12 Networks
Utah at Northern Illinois: 4:30 p.m., ESPNews
Southern Utah at Oregon State: 5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks
USC at Stanford: 5:30 p.m., FOX
Cal at BYU: 7:15 p.m., ESPN2/ESPNU
Michigan State at Arizona State: 7:45 p.m., ESPN
San Jose State at Washington State: 8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks
Saturday, Sept. 15
UC Davis at Stanford: 11 a.m., Pac-12 Networks
New Hampshire at Colorado: 2 p.m., Pac-12 Mountain
San Jose State at Oregon: 2 p.m., Pac-12 Networks
Idaho State at Cal: 3 p.m., Pac-12 Bay Area
Oregon State at Nevada: 4 p.m., ESPN3
Eastern Washington at Washington State: 5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks
USC at Texas: 5 p.m., FOX
Washington at Utah: 7 p.m., ESPN
Fresno State at UCLA: 7:30 p.m., FS1
Arizona State at San Diego State: 7:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network
Southern Utah at Arizona: 8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks
Friday, Sept. 21
Washington State at USC: 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Friday, Sept. 28
UCLA at Colorado: 6 p.m., FS1
Saturday, Sept. 29
Stanford at Notre Dame: 4:30 p.m., NBC
Friday, Oct. 12
Arizona at Utah: 7 p.m., ESPN
Thursday, Oct. 18
Stanford at Arizona State: 6 p.m., ESPN
Friday, Oct. 26
Utah at UCLA: 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Friday, Nov. 2
Colorado at Arizona: 7:30 p.m., FS1
Friday, Nov. 23
Oregon at Oregon State: 1 p.m., FS1
Washington at Washington State: 5:30 p.m., FOX
Friday, Nov. 30
Pac-12 title game at Levi’s Stadium: 5 p.m., FOX
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