Tuesday night the PAC-12 released its 2016 football schedule, which will kick off Aug. 27 in Sydney, Australia with Cal taking on Hawaii and ending Dec. 2 with the conference championship game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Here’s a list of some of the bigger games (find the full list here):
- Aug. 27: California vs. Hawaii (at Sydney, Australia)
- Sept. 3: USC vs. Alabama (at Arlington, Texas)
- Sept. 10: BYU at Utah
- Sept. 17: USC at Stanford
- Sept. 24: Stanford at UCLA
- Oct. 1: Arizona State at USC
- Oct. 8: Washington at Oregon
- Oct. 15: Stanford at Notre Dame
- Oct. 22: Utah at UCLA
- Oct. 29: Arizona State at Oregon
- Nov. 5: Oregon at USC
- Nov. 12: Stanford at Oregon
- Nov. 19: USC at UCLA
- Nov. 26: Notre Dame at USC
- Dec. 2: Pac-12 Championship (at Santa Clara, Calif.)
That Oregon-USC, Stanford-Oregon, USC-UCLA and Notre Dame-USC finish in consecutive weeks in November is impressive a finish as there is. With the conference expected to be even stronger with this year’s emergence of Washington State and a Washington team with many underclassmen having another year to grow, plus the traditional powers, teams could beat themselves up and out of a College Football Playoff spot. Seems the only conference that can do that get a team in is the SEC.
But we still have another semester and summer quarter to see how things really shake out.
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