A Look Ahead
As usual, the best women's volleyball in the country is being played in the Pac-12 Conference this season. The difference this year is there are seven networks devoted to showing more coverage of it than ever before.
A look at this week's AVCA Coaches Top 25 shows the Pac-12 has two teams tied for No. 2 in the country -- Oregon and Washington. The conference also features No. 5 USC, No. 6 UCLA and No. 7 Stanford. And Oregon State, with 63 votes, is sitting at No. 27, just outside the national rankings.
Good thing there now is a way to see all these top-level teams in action. And there will be nine chances to see the conference's teams on this week's Pac-12 Networks schedule.
The week of volleyball begins with Wednesday's featured match between the second-ranked Ducks and Cal in Berkeley at 7 p.m. Oregon, along with Washington, are the only two remaining undefeated teams in the nation. The Ducks carry a 13-0 record into Haas Pavilion, 4-0 in conference play. The Bears, meanwhile, are 8-6, 2-2 in the Pac-12 play. But Cal, which has been hit hard by injuries, may have found its stride in a win over Arizona on Sunday.
There will be four more volleyball matches on Friday, part of eight live events to air on the networks that day. A top-10 showdown between Oregon and Stanford highlights the action, in addition to matches between upstart Arizona State and UCLA, Washington State against Colorado and Washington visiting Utah. Four more matches then follow on Sunday.
Cal and Stanford's men's soccer teams have the networks all to themselves Thursday as they face off in the rivalry game on The Farm at 7 p.m.. Both began Pac-12 play last week by beating San Diego State and losing to UCLA.
Two of the country's top women's soccer teams will be featured on the networks this week as well. No. 2 Stanford visits Utah for one of three games airing Friday, and then No. 3 UCLA plays a tough Oregon State team on Sunday afternoon.
Which brings us to football, where two of the conference's improving teams will be showcased on Saturday. Oregon State, in a colossal bounce-back season, takes its 3-0 and No. 14 national ranking into its home game against Washington State at 3 p.m. Then at 7 p.m., No. 25 UCLA travels to Cal. The Bruins fell out of the top-25 for one week after a tough loss to Oregon State, but are back in the rankings following a rout of Colorado on Saturday.
As always, for all of the networks' listsings, visit pac-12.com.