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Posted by Michael Humes on June 14, 2012

Twelve Pac-12 College Football Games Added to ESPN 2012 Schedule

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ESPN – entering the first year of a new 12-year agreement with the Pac-12 Conference – has selected 12 Pac-12 college football games for telecasts across ESPN, ABC, ESPN2 and ESPNU. Combined with previously announced games, 10 of the 12 Pac-12 institutions are now represented in the schedule to date. Additional games will be announced as the season progresses. Highlights:

  • The early selections include multiple games involving USC and Oregon, the No. 1 and No. 4 teams in a preseason College Football Live preseason top 25poll, respectively:
    • No. 1 USC twice: at Utah (Thursday, Oct. 4, at 9 p.m. on ESPN) and against No. 24 Notre Dame (Saturday, Nov. 24, on ABC or ESPN).
    • No. 4 Oregon three times:  against Arkansas State (Saturday, Sept. 1, at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN), against Arizona (Saturday, Sept. 22, on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2) and at Arizona State (Thursday, Oct. 18, at 9 p.m. on ESPN).
  • ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise six weeknight Pac-12 games:
    • Four consecutive Thursday ESPN College Football Primetime telecasts, highlighted by three games involving a preseason ranked team and Arizona State making consecutive appearances.
    • ESPN and ESPN2 will each air a Friday night telecast in November.
  • The newly announced games include the debut of three head coaches on Saturday, Sept. 1:
    • Arkansas State’s Gus Malzahn will open his coaching tenure with the Red Wolves, the defending Sun Belt Conference champions, at defending Pac-12 and Rose Bowl champion Oregon at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN. Malzahn was the offensive coordinator of the Auburn team that defeated Oregon in the 2011 Tostitos BCS National Championship.
    • ESPNU will televise a showdown of new head coaches when Arizona and new head coach Rich Rodriguez hosts Toledo, now led by Matt Campbell, at 10:30 p.m.
  • ABC or ESPN will televise Notre Dame at USC, one of sports’ greatest rivalries that started in 1926, on Saturday, Nov. 24. Other traditional rivalry games include the Holy War between BYU and Utah (Saturday, Sept. 15, at 10 p.m. on ESPN2) and the Territorial Cup matching Arizona State against Arizona (Friday, Nov. 23, at 10 p.m. on ESPN).

As part of the new 12-year agreement between ESPN and the Pac-12, ESPN will deliver more football games than the previous agreement, including more games in the late Saturday night window, plus the Pac-12 Football Championship Game every other year starting in 2013; the addition of an extensive schedule of men’s regular-season basketball games, as well as select Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament matchups and the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship every other year starting with the 2012-13 season; and for the first time rights to women’s college basketball and other sports content.

The 2012 Pac-12 schedule (additional selections to be announced):

DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
Sat, Sep 110:30 p.m.Arkansas State at No. 4 OregonESPN
Sat, Sep 110:30 p.m.Toledo at ArizonaESPNU
Sat, Sep 810:30 p.m.Illinois at Arizona StateESPN
Sat, Sep 1510 p.m.BYU at UtahESPN2
Sat, Sep 22TBDArizona at No. 4 OregonABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Thu, Sep 279 p.m.No. 15 Stanford at WashingtonESPN
Thu, Oct 49 p.m.No. 1 USC at UtahESPN
Thu, Oct 119 p.m.Arizona State at ColoradoESPN
Thu, Oct 189 p.m.No. 4 Oregon at Arizona StateESPN
Fri, Nov 29 p.m.Washington at CaliforniaESPN2
Fri, Nov 2310 p.m.Arizona State at ArizonaESPN
Sat, Nov 24TBDNo. 24 Notre Dame at No. 1 USCABC or ESPN