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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

October 10, 2011 at 1:08 PM

WSU-OSU game at Century Link now at night

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.

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