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Pac-12 Confidential

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

January 4, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Pac-12 schedule is out, with Scott’s fingerprints all over it

The Pac-12 Wednesday announced its 2012 composite football schedule, and it reeks of all the forward thinking commissioner Larry Scott has embraced in every area of marketing the league. Here’s the link to it:

Thanks to the Pac-12 Networks due to start up in August, every game will be televised someplace. But the fact 34 of them will be on the Pac-12 Networks — with a total of 44 divided by ESPN properties and Fox — shows the impact the Networks will have on the league and its fans. Obviously, the sheer number on the Networks reflects what Scott promised earlier, that there will be quality inventory on that outlet.

There are a total of nine Thursday and Friday games — another step taken by the Scott regime — with eight targeted for the ESPN/Fox distribution. Washington has two of those — a host date with Stanford and a road meeting at Cal — and as we reported back in November, the Apple Cup will take place Nov. 23, the Friday after Thanksgiving, in Pullman. We probably won’t know a starting time until the spring.

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