Washington State’s football game against Oregon State at Century Link Field Oct. 22 has been picked up (somewhat surprisingly) by Fox Sports Net and will be shown at 7:30 p.m.
That might not be great news for a lot of fans on the west side of the Cascades who were figuring on attending the game and driving home that night. But the telecast is worth some $250,000-300,000 per team. This, in the final year of Pac-12 TV contracts in which being a participant brings a premium financially.
The Utah-Cal game looked like a better bet to make it on that night, but the Utes, now 0-3 in the Pac-12, may have played their way out of it by getting thumped by Arizona State Saturday. Cal hasn’t helped, either, starting the league season 0-2.
Washington’s game with Stanford that day had already been ticketed for ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 and USC-Notre Dame for NBC. That left three games for two Fox slots, and Fox tabbed the Oregon-Colorado game for its 12:30 p.m. window and picked the Cougars and Beavers for that night.