The Pac-12 has finally released its 2012 conference football schedule.
Here’s a link to the whole thing.
Here’s how it breaks down for UW:
Sept. 1 — San Diego State
Sept. 8 — at LSU
Sept. 15 — Portland State
Sept. 22 — Bye.
Sept. 27 — Stanford (yes, this is a Thursday)
Oct. 6 — at Oregon
Oct. 13 — USC
Oct. 20 — at Arizona
Oct. 27 — Oregon State
Nov. 2 — at Cal (and yes, this is a Friday)
Nov. 10 — Utah
Nov. 17 — at Colorado
Nov. 23 — at Washington State (yes, this is a Friday)
The Pac-12 title game is Nov. 30 at the home of the team with the best record.
Exact times and TV situations will be announced later.
So yes, there are three non-Saturday games there for UW this season — including the Apple Cup, which we reported earlier — all of which will be televised on either ESPN or FOX, as per the conference’s new TV deal. With the conference’s new TV deal including its own network, all of the games will be televised in some fashion, though again, that’s all to be determined later.
And remember that all the home games this year are at CenturyLink Field.
The weekend that UW hosts Stanford here sets up as particularly interesting for local college football fans as WSU is then slated to host Oregon at CenturyLink two days later, on Sept. 29.
Also, UW and WSU will each play in Oregon on the same Saturday — UW at Oregon and WSU at Oregon State on Oct. 6.
And obviously, the home game against USC — possibly the No. 1 team in the country heading into the season with Heisman Trophy favorite Matt Barkley — will be a big one on Oct. 13.
Looking at the way it breaks down, those first three Pac-12 games loom particularly tough — Stanford at home, at Oregon and then USC at home. That will be a key stretch for the Huskies to get a win before the final stretch of the season that features four of the last six and three of the last four on the road (and who knows what the weather might be like come Nov. 17 in Boulder).
And worth noting again, UW will not play Arizona State and UCLA in 2012 per the conference rotation, but those teams will be back on the schedule in 2013-14 when USC and Colorado will move off.
UW’s official site has this look at the schedule with some quotes from coach Steve Sarkisian and athletic director Scott Woodward.