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Pac-12 Notes

June 13th

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Leading rusher for Air Force removed from roster

From NBC Sports … Air Force has removed running back Cole Fagan from the roster, effective immediately. Although the specifics for the decision have not been reported, a statement from Air Force confirms Fagan is under investigation.

“Cole Fagan has been removed from the team pending an ongoing investigation,” a statement from Air Force bluntly said (via The Gazette). For now, no additional information has been offered and we will have to wait and see if more information is revealed about Fagan’s situation moving forward.

Fagan rushed for a team-high 997 yards and seven touchdowns for the Falcons in 2018. With Fagan no longer in the picture, barring a surprising reversal on this particular decision, Air Force will likely be getting the ball in the hands of Kadin Remsberg a bit more. Remberg was Air Force’s second-leading rusher last fall with 583 yards and three touchdowns on 100 carries (Fagan had 185 carries to lead the team).


June 12th

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USC announces return of Bru McCoy and Chris Steele

From CBS Sports … The transfer portal has engulfed many players this offseason, and two highly-touted freshman stars have made their way to USC. Bru McCoy, a five-star wide receiver from the Trojans’ Class of 2019 has officially rejoined the USC Trojans, the school announced on Tuesday. He previously signed with the Trojans during the early signing period in December, but transferred to Texas in January. The school also announced the addition of former Florida defensive back Chris Steele, who announced a commitment to Oregon last month.

McCoy, a 6-foot-2, 205-pounder, went through spring practice with the Longhorns, but rumors of his potential transfer started swirling shortly after the spring game. He reentered the transfer portal last month and released a statement explaining himself via Twitter.

“I did not expect this turn of events, but am confident this is the best decision for me and my family,” McCoy’s statement read. “I’ve worked extremely hard to get to where I am today. I am grateful for the opportunities I have and do not take them for granted. I appreciate those who have supported me even before I’ve set foot on a college football field. I will do my best to earn back any trust and respect I’ve lost as a result of this process. I will work hard to be the best teammate and person I can be as I prepare for the chance to compete again in the future.”

… The NCAA has not ruled on the eligibility of either player.

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June 11th

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Aaron Rodgers make “seven-figure” donation to Cal

From College Sports Maven … Former Cal QB’s gift will renovate the football locker room and create a scholarship for a junior college transfer

The once-chilly relationship between Cal and its most famous football alum has warmed up again.

Aaron Rogers, who seemed to disassociate himself from the program after his former coach, Jeff Tedford was fired in 2012, has made a “seven-figure gift: that will allow Cal to renovate its football locker room.

The rebuilt locker room will be complete in time for the 2019 season and will become known as the Aaron Rodgers Team Locker Room.

The donation also will create the Aaron Rodgers Football Scholarship.

The arrival two years ago of new coach Justin Wilcox, with whom Rodgers has a relationship, has brought the Green Bay Packers quarterback and the football program back together.

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June 10th

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Mel Tucker: Pac-12 should adopt SEC scheduling practices

From NBC Sports … If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

At least that’s what new Colorado coach Mel Tucker is insinuating when it comes to Pac-12 scheduling, which he believes should adopt a few of the practices he has seen in the SEC after several years in the league at Alabama and Georgia.

“They changed the rule, and we’re allowed to do this, so I know, in a couple of years, we’ve got Northern Colorado (in 2021) and instead of it being Week 2, it can be Week 11,” Tucker told the Denver Post. “Before you play Auburn, at Alabama, you play Louisiana Monroe, right? Well before we play Utah in the last game of the year, you’re playing USC. So we can help ourselves in scheduling that way. But we’ve got to be aggressive in putting really good teams on our schedule.”

The question that prompted Tucker’s answer was primarily focused on getting a Pac-12 team into the College Football Playoff but could be taken more generally. The West Coast league has pridefully talked about its nine-game conference slate and robust out of league schedule for many years now but all those tough games have not resulted in as many playoff berths as their peers (including missing the past two years and three of the overall five seasons in the event).

Late November games against overmatched Sun Belt or FCS foes tend to be derided by even SEC fans each season but there’s little arguing that the arrangement works for the conference when it comes to the postseason. It does seem like changes are on the horizon out West though and Tucker no doubt will be looking to take advantage in Boulder.

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June 9th

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USC and United Airlines reach settlement on naming rights to Memorial Stadium

From ESPN … United Airlines and the University of Southern California have reached a new naming rights agreement for Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to resolve criticism that placing a corporate name on the stadium would disrespect its history as a monument to troops who fought and died in World War I, the parties announced Friday.

The new 10-year deal names the field rather than the whole stadium, satisfying a key elected official who joined with veterans in opposing the original plan to rename the nearly century-old landmark United Airlines Memorial Coliseum.

Starting in August, the playing field will be referred to as United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, a name that was suggested as an alternative when the controversy boiled up last March, shortly after the centennial of the war’s end.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, the current president of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, said in a statement that the agreement ensures United remains a sponsor of a $315 million renovation and the stadium’s legacy.

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June 8th

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Pac-12 reportedly has “multiple offers” for $750 million equity partnership

From NBC SportsLarry Scott may have the last laugh after all… all the way to the bank.

While many fans and pundits initially laughed off the Pac-12’s plan to raise between $500 and $750 million from investors into the conference and it’s media rights/networks back in March, the league is reportedly closer than many expected to realizing that reality. Sports Business Journal is saying that a decision on the matter will ultimately come in a few months but the Pac-12 has indeed received multiple (!) bids on a stake in the new venture of at least three-quarters of a billion dollars.

It’s no secret that the Pac-12 has fallen behind Power Five peers like the SEC and Big Ten when it comes to media revenue in recent years. The West Coast-based venture saw a slight decrease in revenue distributed this past year and was pretty much even with the ACC in doling out $29.5 million to all 12 schools. That’s a far cry from the SEC payout of $43.1 million or the record $54 million that Big Ten schools received.

Enter the equity sale as a way to make up that gap and infuse a large chunk of change into the league itself. The Pac-12 is unique in that it does not partner with either ESPN or Fox for their conference networks and will eventually have all their media rights (from football and beyond) up for sale at the same time in a few years.

It’s probably too early to see how this will all shake out but the outside-the-box thinking that many dismissed initially might actually turn into quite the windfall for the Pac-12 sooner than expected. Something says Scott and company will provide an update in July at football media day in Hollywood but until then the conference will have to ruminate on this rare bit of good news for the league’s coffers.


June 7th

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Jon Wilner’s (latest) radical approach to getting more exposure for Pac-12 football

From the San Jose Mercury News … Pacific Time has been a problem for the Pac-12 since time immemorial, but the challenge becomes more daunting each season with the current television contracts, sports media cycles and consumer behavior.

Combine all the night football games on ESPN/ESPN2 and FS1 with all the broadcasts on the limited-reach Pac-12 Networks, and too much of the conference’s premium product — its greatest marketing tool — is seen by too few fans too often.

Certainly, more wins would enhance exposure.

“You want a primetime window on Saturday, it takes Washington beating Auburn,” said ESPN analyst Rod Gilmore, who played for Stanford and lives in the Bay Area.

“Or this year, it takes Oregon beating Auburn. That’s top-10 stuff. That makes you more compelling.”

But could the underlying structure of the football schedule be tweaked to create more opportunities in front of larger audiences?

Is there a way to solve the reach issue, to negate the time zone challenge?

The Hotline has a plan: Play a select number of games at 9 a.m. (Pacific) on Pac-12 campuses.

(Actually, the official kickoff time would be more like 9:07 a.m.)

We’ve previously suggested changes to Pac-12 football scheduling and operations. The Hotline believes, for example, that the Sunday of Labor Day should be used for a doubleheader; that the conference needs a football competition committee; that non-conference games be played in November; that the Pac-12 championship game, if moved to Las Vegas, could be paired with basketball to create a weekend sports festival; and that the conference should follow the NHL’s lead and create a Twitter feed dedicated to explaining controversial officiating decisions.

But starting football games at 9 a.m. might be our most extreme suggestion. The Hotline’s crack research staff hasn’t worked out all the details, but the basics are as follows:

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June 6th

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Four-star defensive back leaves Oregon for USC

From CBS Sports … USC is well on its way to getting more good news on the transfer front. According to the Los Angeles Times, the father of former four-star defensive back Chris Steele said Wednesday that his son is expected to enroll at USC.

“It’s looking like that’s going to happen,” Steele told the Times. “I don’t see anything else happening.”

Steele entered his name in the transfer portal after enrolling early and going through spring practice at Florida, and early indications had him going to Oregon. On May 14, Steele sent a tweet suggesting he would be transferring to Oregon, noting that he was “ready to get to Eugene and ball.” That commit seemed solid, but this week he took down the Oregon-related photo from his social media and things started to move quickly in the direction of USC.

As for the timing, 247Sports’ Greg Biggins suggested that USC may have recently had a scholarship open up at the conclusion of the semester — an adjustment that may have come after his decision to leave Florida and before his commitment to Oregon. Steele played his high school ball at southern California powerhouse St. John Bosco and reportedly has a great relationship with coach Clay Helton.

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June 5th 

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Nebraska star running back has even more legal issues 

… Side bet … Do you think that Mr. “No excuses” Scott Frost will still find a way to have Washington on the field this fall?

From the Lincoln Star-Journal …. Nebraska sophomore running back Maurice Washington was cited by University Police on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia early Tuesday.

Shortly after midnight, University Police responded to a report of marijuana odor at University Suites. After narrowing the odor to a particular room, police found Washington and three other people inside. Police searched the room and found a marijuana pipe with residue in it.

Washington was cited and released, police said. Others in the room were not cited.

“We are aware of the situation and are addressing it,” a university official told the Journal Star on Tuesday evening.

Washington, 19, is also facing two charges — one a felony — in California stemming from an incident in which he allegedly sent an ex-girlfriend a years-old, sexually explicit video. His next scheduled court date in that case is June 12.

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June 4th

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Is the Pac-12 worth a $750 million equity investment?

From the Eugene Register-Guard … If you’re an investor with $750 million at your disposal, are you buying the future of the Pac-12 Conference?

That’s a question the league is exploring as it tries to find a private equity partner to inject some cash into the conference coffers. I don’t know what it’s like to handle that kind of money, but I have watched a lot of Pac-12 football. Might I suggest buying some Tesla stock instead?

I’m sure anyone who invests in the Pac-12 will have done their homework about the risks and rewards. Just as I’m sure the schools will be careful not to mortgage the future in exchange for some short-term relief.

What’s apparent is that the Pac-12 needs help. In their quiet, reasonable way, athletic directors are sounding the alarm about the growing budget gap between the Pac-12 and its peers.

“For us, the next five years, we can be super efficient, but we’re going to be looking at some changes if we can’t figure out a way to enhance the resources,” Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said during a visit to The Register-Guard this week.

Pac-12 schools received an average payout of $31.3 million from the conference in 2017-18. That’s a lot of money if you’re running an academic department, but it’s dwarfed by payouts in the Big Ten ($54 million) and SEC ($43.7 million).

There’s no immediate relief on the horizon. The Pac-12 is holding out for 2024, when the league projects a significant windfall from renegotiating its media rights deals. But if the conference continues to slip, how much will its brand be diminished between now and then?

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National championship odds for Pac-12 teams getting longer

From CBS Sports … There’s been a lot of talk since Clemson beat Alabama for to win its second national title in three years about whether or not the Tigers have surpassed the Crimson Tide as a program. There’s no telling how many hours of sports radio this discussion has consumed, but from my personal experience doing radio interviews during the offseason, it’s a popular topic.

And if title odds are any indicator, Clemson might not have surpassed Alabama, but it has certainly caught it.

The Westgate Superbook has released its updated national title odds for the 2019 season, and both Alabama and Clemson are listed as 9/4, making them co-favorites to win the championship. This is significant because, when odds were first released in January, Alabama was 3/2 while Clemson was 7/2. So clearly the public believes Clemson is now on equal footing with the Tide.

The next closest to those two titans would be Georgia, which has moved from 12-1 to 6-1.

From the Pac-12 … 

Oregon                 30-1                  40-1
Washington                 25-1                  50-1
Utah                              80-1                  80-1
Southern California   80-1               100-1
Washington State    200-1               200-1
Stanford Cardinal    200-1               200-1
UCLA                      200-1               300-1
Arizona                      200-1               500-1
Arizona State            300-1             1000-1
California                  300-1             1000-1
Colorado                 1000-1             2000-1
Oregon State       10000-1           10000-1


June 3rd

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Pac-12 adds eighth bowl game (dropping Cheeze-It, picking up Los Angeles and Independence Bowls)

From … This season marks the final year of the current six-year bowl cycle. The changes of the new bowl cycle include the following:

  • SEC and Big Ten teams will each play in the Las Vegas Bowl and the Belk Bowl; the conferences will have a team in each bowl game three times apiece. Their opponent each year will be the Pac-12 in the Las Vegas Bowl and the ACC in the Belk Bowl.
  • The Pac-12 adds the Los Angeles Bowl at Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park against the Mountain West and is expected to play in the Independence Bowl against the ACC.
  • An ACC team will play a team from the American Athletic Conference in the new Boston bowl game which will be played at Fenway Park. The ACC also is replacing the Big Ten in the Holiday Bowl, where it will play the Pac-12. By adding those games, the ACC will no longer play in Detroit’s Quick Lane Bowl.
  • The Big Ten is dropping the Holiday Bowl to play in the Las Vegas Bowl and the Belk Bowl, and also is dropping the Armed Forces and First Responder bowls to play in the Cheez-It Bowl against the Big 12.

Pac-12 (8)

2020-25 lineup:
Rose vs. Big Ten
Alamo vs. Big 12
Las Vegas vs. SEC/Big Ten
Los Angeles vs. Mountain West
Holiday vs. ACC
Redbox vs. Big Ten
Sun vs. ACC
Independence vs. ACC

Changes: The NCAA granted the Pac-12 an additional bowl bid in the new cycle and the Pac-12 is expected to add the Los Angeles Bowl vs. the Mountain West and the Independence Bowl against the ACC. The Pac-12 also will play against either the SEC or the Big Ten in the new Las Vegas Bowl. By adding two bowls, the Pac-12 had to drop one – it’s expected to be the Cheez-It Bowl. The Pac-12 will now have Power 5 opponents in seven of its eight bowls, including three from the ACC and at least two from the Big Ten.

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ESPN: CU represents Oregon’s “Trap Game”

From ESPN … It happens every year. Top 25 teams get tripped up and fall out of playoff contention.

Whether potential trap games or tough tests on the road, here are contests that each team in our post-spring power rankings should watch out for, from Clemson to Mississippi State …

No. 10 OregonColorado (October 11th) … The Ducks head to Seattle to face Washington on Oct. 19 for a game that will go a long way to determining the Pac-12 North. But the week prior, Oregon will host a Colorado team that’s under new leadership. No one knows what shape the Buffs will be in this fall, but they’ll likely be playing with house money for most of year. Seeing them right before such a huge game could impact the Ducks’ midseason focus.

Also …

No. 15 Washington … BYU (September 21st) … When you’re in rebuilding mode on defense, road games can always be tricky. So if you’re the Huskies, don’t sleep on the Sept. 21 trip to BYU. It comes a week before the USC game, and the Cougars will be playing with a major sense of urgency after last year’s 7-6 season. BYU also returns 14 starters, including eight on offense.

No. 16 Utah … Cal (October 26th) … It can be tough to label conference opponents as trap opponents, but that Cal game on Oct. 26 could be a tricky one for the Utes. Utah will challenge for the top spot in the Pac-12 North and will have a tough game against Arizona State the week before Cal and an even tougher game at Washington the week after. Cal isn’t a top team in the league, and it would be natural for the Utes to overlook it.

No. 17 Stanford … Oregon State (September 28th) … After playing back-to-back road games against USC and UCF, and then a home game with Pac-12 favorite Oregon, the Cardinal will have to travel to Oregon State before hosting Washington. There’s no doubt the Cardinal will be drained in Corvallis and could be looking ahead to that huge matchup with the Huskies a week later.

No. 19 Washington StateNorthern Colorado (September 7th) … Look, when you’ve lost to multiple FCS teams in recent history, I’m going to worry when another one pops up on the schedule. The home game Sept. 7 against Northern Colorado shouldn’t scare anyone — especially with five wins on its resume the past two seasons — but Wazzu has been here before. The Cougs are breaking in another new quarterback and hit the road to play Houston the week after. Weirder things have happened.

No. 20 Nebraska … Indiana (October 26th) ... The Huskers will be emerging from a potentially season-defining stretch against Ohio State (home), Northwestern (home) and Minnesota (road). After Indiana’s visit, Nebraska returns to West division play with key games against Purdue (road) and Wisconsin (home). Nebraska will be better in Year 2 under Scott Frost, but it cannot overlook any opponent, including an Indiana team with offensive threats like running back Stevie Scott and a talented new coordinator in Kalen DeBoer.

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June 1st

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Pac-12 has 11 non-conference opportunities to impress the College Football playoff committee

From the San Jose Mercury News … The Pac-12 has 11 opportunities to frame the national narrative, to show pundits and College Football Playoff committee members alike that its best teams are worthy of playoff consideration.

In other words: Dates on big-reach TV networks against Power Five (or elite Group of Five) opponents.

Aug. 30
Oklahoma State at Oregon State: FS1

Aug. 31
Northwestern at Stanford: FOX
Oregon vs. Auburn: ABC

Sept. 7
Nebraska at Colorado: FOX

Sept. 14
Stanford at UCF: ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
Arizona State at Michigan State: FOX
Oklahoma at UCLA: FOX
Texas Tech at Arizona: ESPN

Sept. 21
Cal at Mississippi

Oct. 12
USC at Notre Dame: NBC

Nov. 30
Notre Dame at Stanford: TBA

Victories aren’t quite enough for the Pac-12. To get maximum benefit, the vanquished teams must then produce solid seasons within their conferences.

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May 31st

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Bru McCoy makes it official – leaving Texas to “return home”

From CBS Sports … Bru McCoy, the (brief) one-time USC wideout, has informed Texas’ coaches that he will transfer back to the Trojans. McCoy released a statement Friday afternoon, saying the decision was “personal” and not a “reflection on the University of Texas.” This marks the second transfer for McCoy since January, when he originally left USC as an early enrollee to join the Longhorns by way of the transfer portal.

“I did not expect this turn of events, but am confident this is the best decision for me and my family,” McCoy’s statement read. “I’ve worked extremely hard to get to where I am today. I am grateful for the opportunities I have and do not take them for granted. I appreciate those who have supported me even before I’ve set foot on a college football field. I will do my best to earn back any trust and respect I’ve lost as a result of this process. I will work hard to be the best teammate and person I can be as I prepare for the chance to compete again in the future.”

The news is not unexpected as McCoy had been contemplating his future since the end of spring practices. 247Sports reported that McCoy had a bad case of homesickness and was likely to depart Texas after only a few months in Austin. Earlier this week, a caravan of Texas coaches, including Tom Herman, flew out to California to visit McCoy and his family in an attempt to persuade him to stay with the Horns.

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Three former players suing UCLA and former coach Jim Mora

From the Daily Bruin … Three former UCLA football players filed lawsuits against the university, former head coach Jim Mora and the NCAA on Thursday, according to Thakur Law Firm, APC.

John Lopez, Poasi Moala and Zachary Bateman have sued Mora, UCLA and the NCAA for allegedly playing a role in severe injuries the players sustained during their time as Bruins.

“While the lawsuits involve many of the same facts, each case is distinct in its own way,” said Pamela Tahim Thakur, who is representing all three players, in a statement. “But what they all have in common is the pattern of brutality and intentional disregard for player health and safety by Coach Mora and his staff at UCLA.”

Lopez, a former UCLA offensive lineman who filed a $15 million lawsuit, alleged Mora ran drills that were physically intense and caused Lopez to sustain multiple concussions during his three years on the team, the firm said. Lopez said this led to his eventual suicide attempt in 2016.

Lopez said his first concussion was sustained at the Bruins’ training camp in August 2013, according to the firm. Lopez also claimed Mora and the UCLA football staff rushed him back to the field too early, without having taken proper steps to ensure his recovery.

Lopez suffered another concussion at training camp the following year, and a third traumatic head injury led to his medical retirement in December 2015, according to the firm. Lopez was diagnosed with severe traumatic brain injury that prevented him from finishing his degree and, he said, has affected his everyday demeanor.

Moala, Lopez’s teammate on the offensive line, also filed a lawsuit for concussions and hip injuries he underwent as a Bruin that led to symptoms of traumatic brain injury, the firm said. According to the firm’s statement, Moala said his injuries could have been avoided, but Mora and the coaching staff ignored his complaints and ridiculed him in front of his teammates.

Bateman, another former UCLA offensive lineman, has also sued Mora and the school for severe foot injuries that he said worsened because of neglect, according to the firm.

UCLA Athletics released a statement Thursday regarding the allegations.

“While we cannot comment on the specific details of a pending lawsuit, we want to make it clear that the health and safety of our student-athletes is UCLA’s top priority,” UCLA’s statement said. “Our team physicians and sports medicine staff work hand-in-hand on diagnosis, monitoring and treatment, and they are the only individuals who determine when a student-athlete is cleared to participate in their sport; coaches are not involved in these decisions.”

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May 30th

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Complete non-conference schedules for all Pac-12 teams released 

From the Pac-12 conference …  Pac-12 Conference television partners ESPN, FOX Sports, and Pac-12 Networks will provide complete coverage of the entire Pac-12 home football schedule during the 2019 season. Pac-12 Networks will air 35 Pac-12 home games, while ESPN and FOX Sports will combine to televise 44 games from Pac-12 home and neutral sites. In addition, ABC will televise the Pac-12 Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

In all, Pac-12 Networks will televise 16 games during the first three weeks of the season. Thirteen games will be carried nationally, while three games will be distributed regionally in the home team’s market.

ESPN will televise on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ABC, while FOX Sports will air its games on FOX or FS1. Both network partners will simulcast selected games on ESPN Deportes and FOX Deportes. ABC will culminate the 2019 Pac-12 season when it televises the Pac-12 Football Championship Game on Fri., Dec. 6.

While television selections for the first three weeks of the 2019 season have been made, as well as all Thursday and Friday games throughout the season, all remaining television game selections and start times, starting with week four (Sat., Sept. 21) and running through the final week of the regular season (Sat., Nov. 30) will be made 12- or six-days in advance.

Following is the television schedule for the 2019 Pac-12 football season (times listed are local to site)…

Sat., Aug. 24ARIZONA at Hawai’i7:30 pm PT/4:30 pm HTCBSSN
Thur., Aug. 29UCLA at Cincinnati4 pm PT/ 7 pm ETESPN
Kent State at ARIZONA STATE7 pm PTP12N
UTAH at BYU7:15 pm PT/8:15 pm MTESPN
Fri., Aug. 30COLORADO vs. Colorado State7 pm PT/8 pm MTESPN
Oklahoma State at OREGON STATE7:30 pm PTFS1
Sat., Aug 31Eastern Washington at WASHINGTON12 pm PTP12N
Northwestern at STANFORD1 pm PTFOX
UC Davis at CALIFORNIA3:30 pm PTP12N
OREGON vs. Auburn4:30 pm PT/6:30 pm CTABC
New Mexico State at WASHINGTON STATE7:00 pm PTP12N
Fresno State at USC7:30 pm PTESPN
Fri., Sept. 6Sacramento State at ARIZONA STATE7 pm PTP12N
Sat., Sept. 7Northern Illinois at UTAH10 am PT/11 am MTP12N
Nebraska at COLORADO12:30 pm PT/1:30 pm MTFOX
San Diego State at UCLA1:15 pm PTP12N
Northern Colorado at WASHINGTON STATE2 pm PTP12WA (regional)
Nevada at OREGON4:30 pm PTP12N
Northern Arizona at ARIZONA7:45 pm PTP12N
Fri., Sept. 13WASHINGTON STATE vs. Houston6:15 pm PT/8:15 pm CTESPN
Sat., Sept. 14Air Force at COLORADO10 am PT/11 am MTP12N
USC at BYU12:30 pm PT/1:30 pm MTABC or ESPN or ESPN2
STANFORD at UCF12:30 pm PT/3:30 pm ETABC or ESPN or ESPN2
ARIZONA STATE at Michigan State1 pm PT/4 pm ETFOX
North Texas at CALIFORNIA1:15 pm PTP12N or P12BA*
Cal Poly at OREGON STATE1:15 pm PTP12N or P12OR*
Idaho State at UTAH1:15 pm PT/2:15 pm MTP12N or P12M*
Hawai’i at WASHINGTON4:30 pm PTP12N
Oklahoma at UCLA5 pm PTFOX
Texas Tech at ARIZONA7:30 pm PTESPN
Montana at OREGON7:45 pm PTP12N
* National/regional decision made 6-days in advance
Fri., Sept. 20UTAH at USC6 pm PTFS1
Sat., Sept. 28UCLA at ARIZONA
Fri., Oct. 11COLORADO at OREGON7 pm PTFS1
USC at Notre Dame4:30 pm PT/7:30 pm ETNBC
Thu., Oct. 17UCLA at STANFORD6 pm PTESPN
Sat., Oct. 19ARIZONA at USC
Fri., Oct. 25USC at COLORADO6 pm PT/7 pm MTESPN2
Sat., Nov. 16ARIZONA at OREGON
Sat., Nov. 23UTAH at ARIZONA
Notre Dame at STANFORD
* 12- or six-day selection
Fri., Dec. 6Pac-12 Football Championship Game5 pm PTABC


21 Replies to “Pac-12 Notes”

  1. Now we know why NBC Sports is last in covering major sports. They couldn’t even be bothered to find a picture of Mel T in a Colorado shirt! They show him in a Georgia pullover! And then they add a snarky comment at the end of a joke of an article. Amateurs and losers!

  2. Fair pay to play act isnt “paving” the way to end of amateurism. Its been paved already by coaches salaries, TV rights, paraphernalia sales and all the mind boggling money that is rolling into everyone but the players. The “act” is simply the striping being painted on the pavement that has already ended amateurism.
    You want to resuscitate amateurism in college football have the NFL create a developmental league of their own for the players who can get paid and would otherwise be taking basket weaving while waiting for the draft.
    College football would then be just like in those golden years when pro players made less money than someone with a good degree.

  3. Ahh yes
    PJ Fleck is blaming his inability to hold on to recruits on society. Dont get me wrong. Society has plenty of problems but somehow I don’t see recruiting as one them.
    I’m all for the “transfer portal.” When you get teams with nothing but 4 and 5 stars on the bench, let alone on the field, its nice if a few of those bench riders would like to show off their skills at other schools. Heck, PJ Fleck and the Gophers might even benefit from a few of these transfers……if PJ would loosen up a bit. Bottom line is spreading the talent wealth a little might lead to a little more parity in College football. Maybe we will get to see someone other than Clemson and Alabama in the last game of the season. I might even watch instead of cleaning out the garage.

  4. “Oregon looks to import SEC football to Pac-12“

    Oh, so I guess in their trip to Alabama and Georgia schools, Oregon was shown things like:

    – how to have mega boosters pay players without getting caught,
    – how to give players NCAA impermissible monies without getting caught,
    – how to have assistant coaches sway recruits with illegal payments
    – how to schedule FCS teams in November when other teams are playing conference games
    – how to never schedule a true away game during the Non-Conference portion of the season
    – how to have EsecPN claim that your conference is better than all others, when in fact they are — top to bottom — no better or worse than any other Power 5 conference
    – how to have the media bias boost 75 percent of all of your teams into the top 25 pre-season polls so once the season begins, you can’t help but have a “ranked” team play a “ranked” team.

    I’m sure this is what Oregon could have learned without traveling to the mythical land of “best”. In fact, that would clearly be a trip to Clemson based on the past 4 years. But EsecPN (who fully owns the SEC Network) doesn’t want you to notice that.

    1. so thats why 80 to 90 % of the ESPNU (XM radio) is SEC programming. Whenever they do stray its almost always Michigan, Notre Dame or Ohio State. I decided to listen until I heard something concerning the PAC 12. After about a month lo and behold….30 minutes of PAC 12 discussion. I dont listen anymore.

  5. Wonder where CBS would’ve ranked HCMM? Probably about same as HCMT. How could HCMM be higher than Smith from Oregon State? That is a game I will never get past. That one and the losses to Montana State and Sac State. The past 3 HCs for the Buffs have had signature losses that outstrip any signature wins. Here’s hoping HCMT never has anything close to those signature losses!

  6. “Colorado second in the Pac-12 in Spring Game attendance.”

    Really ? The Spring Game must have had improved attendance. I missed this year’s game but saw most all of MM’s (dull experience) Spring Scrimmages. The only thing that pumped my psyche was to visit The Sink. SAD.


      1. Yes, Here is the page with the Spring Game history.
        Spring Games
        For future reference, go to the home page, click on football, then under “Additional Links” click on “Information Guide”. That takes you to the entire media guide, which has all of CU’s history.

  7. Methinks that CBS Sports is living in the past. Putting the Cornholers at 17? What have they proven? At least wait until they’ve beaten somebody, anybody!

  8. po po USC. Anyone besides a corrupt hollywood star s’posed to feel pity for them? Maybe the rowing team can resurrect trojan pride. The PAC 12 king is dead…long live the king….Washington that is. The coach who should be coaching the Buffs and his players earned it. Wilner might as well get used to 75% of the Pac NW carrying the conference banner for a while. (sorry Or St).
    I wont watch an Alabama or an Ohio State game. I might start after a few underdogs give them a serious butt whooping. I will give Oklahoma a pass who has taken up the Oregon banner of the most exciting offense in the country.

    1. No ep the rowing team honors will always belong to Washington……… “Boy’s In The Boat.”

      1. AZ – I thought that had to do with women’s anatomy……. Excuse me I digress and may have single handily dropped the IQ on Stuart’s board one full notch.

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