Pac-12 early football television schedule announced

John McGillen

SAN FRANCISCO -- Pac-12 Conference television partners ESPN, FOX Sports, and Pac-12 Networks will provide complete coverage of the entire Pac-12 home football schedule during the 2016 season. Pac-12 Networks will air 35 Pac-12 home games, while ESPN and FOX Sports will combine to televise 44 games from Pac-12 home and neutral sites. In addition, FOX will televise the Pac-12 Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

The opening week of the 2016 football season will feature nine games aired by one the Pac-12 Conference’s three television partners. The CALIFORNIA Golden Bears, despite being nearly 7,500 miles from their Berkeley campus, will kick off the season as the home team against Hawai’i in Sydney, Australia on Saturday, August 27 (Friday, August 26 in the United States, with broadcast partner to be determined). Pac-12 Networks will then open the season stateside on Thursday, September 1, when Pac-12 South Division co-champion UTAH hosts Southern Utah.

A pair of games is on the docket for Friday, September 2. COLORADO will host Colorado State on ESPN in the Rocky Mountain Showdown at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, while defending Pac-12 champion STANFORD and All-America running back Christian McCaffrey make their season debut against Kansas State on FS1. Pac-12 Networks will televise four additional games on Saturday, September 3, while FS1 will wrap up the first weekend of play featuring ARIZONA against BYU at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

In all, Pac-12 Networks will televise 14 games during the first three weeks of the season. With the exception of the Idaho State at COLORADO game on Saturday, September 10, which will be carried on Pac-12 Mountain, all games will be carried on Pac-12 Network and the Pac-12 Network regional carrier in the home team’s market.

Other featured matchups during the first three weeks of the season include a pair of Saturday, September 10, contests with BYU at UTAH (FOX) and Virginia at OREGON (ESPN). The rematch of the 2015 Pac-12 Football Championship Game will take place on Saturday, September 17, with USC at STANFORD opening league play on ABC.

ESPN will televise on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ABC, while FOX Sports will air its games on FOX or FS1, and will simulcast selected games on FOX Deportes. FOX will culminate the 2016 Pac-12 season when it carries the Pac-12 Football Championship Game on Friday, December 2.

While television selections for the first three weeks of the 2016 season have been made, as well as all Thursday and Friday games throughout the season, all remaining television game selections and start times, starting with week four (Saturday, September 24) and running through the final week of the regular season (Saturday, November 26) will be made 12- or six-days in advance.

Additional non-conference road games will be televised as part of other conference or institution television packages. Those conferences and institutions will release their 2016 television schedule in the coming weeks. In all, every game involving a Pac-12 team is expected to be televised this season.

Following is the television schedule for the 2016 Pac-12 football season:  

Day/Date Game Time TV
Sat., Aug. 27 Hawai’i vs. CALIFORNIA (1) 7 p.m. PT (Fri., Aug. 26) TBA
Thurs., Sept. 1 Southern Utah at UTAH 6 p.m. MT/5 p.m. PT PAC12
  OREGON STATE at Minnesota TBA Big Ten Network
Fri., Sept. 2 Colorado State vs. COLORADO (2) 6 p.m. MT/5 p.m. PT ESPN
  Kansas State at STANFORD 6 p.m. PT FS1/FOX Deportes
Sat., Sept. 3 Rutgers at WASHINGTON 11 a.m. PT PAC12
  UC Davis at OREGON 2 p.m. PT PAC12
  USC vs. Alabama (4) 7 p.m. CT/5 p.m. PT ABC
  Eastern Washington at WASHINGTON STATE 5 p.m. PT PAC12
  BYU vs. ARIZONA (3) 7:30 p.m. PT FS1
  Northern Arizona at ARIZONA STATE 7:45 p.m. PT PAC12
  UCLA at Texas A&M 2:30 p.m. CT/12:30 p.m. PT CBS
Sat., Sept. 10 Utah State at USC 11 a.m. PT PAC12
  Idaho at WASHINGTON 2 p.m. PT PAC12
  Idaho State at COLORADO 3:30 p.m. MT/2:30 p.m. PT PAC12MT
  BYU at UTAH 5:30 p.m. MT/4:30 p.m. PT FOX
  UNLV at UCLA 5 p.m. PT PAC12
  Texas Tech at ARIZONA STATE 7 p.m. PT FS1/FOX Deportes
  CALIFORNIA at San Diego State 7:30 p.m. PT CBSSN
  Virginia at OREGON 7:30 p.m. PT ESPN
  Grambling State at ARIZONA 7:45 p.m. PT PAC12
  WASHINGTON STATE at Boise State TBA TBA
Fri,. Sept. 16 ARIZONA STATE at UTSA 8:30 p.m. CT/6:30 p.m. PT ESPN2
Sat,. Sept. 17 Idaho at WASHINGTON STATE 11 a.m.PT PAC12
  Idaho State at OREGON STATE 2 p.m. PT PAC12
  USC at STANFORD 5 p.m. PT ABC
  Portland State at WASHINGTON 5 p.m. PT PAC12
  Texas at CALIFORNIA 7:30 p.m. PT ESPN or ESPN2
  UTAH at San Jose State 7:30 p.m. PT CBSSN
  Hawai’i at ARIZONA 7:45 p.m. PT PAC12
  COLORADO at Michigan TBA TBA
  OREGON at Nebraska TBA TBA
  UCLA at BYU TBA TBA
Fri., Sept. 23 USC at UTAH 7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT FS1/FOX Deportes
Sat., Sept. 24 WASHINGTON at ARIZONA    
  CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA STATE    
  STANFORD at UCLA    
  COLORADO at OREGON    
  Boise State at OREGON STATE    
Fri., Sept. 30 STANFORD at WASHINGTON 6 p.m. PT ESPN
Sat., Oct. 1 ARIZONA at UCLA    
  ARIZONA STATE at USC    
  OREGON STATE at COLORADO    
  UTAH at CALIFORNIA    
  OREGON at WASHINGTON STATE    
Sat., Oct. 8 ARIZONA at UTAH    
  UCLA at ARIZONA STATE    
  COLORADO at USC    
  WASHINGTON at OREGON    
  CALIFORNIA at OREGON STATE    
  WASHINGTON STATE at STANFORD    
Sat., Oct. 15 USC at ARIZONA    
  ARIZONA STATE at COLORADO    
  UCLA at WASHINGTON STATE    
  UTAH at OREGON STATE    
  STANFORD at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT NBC
Fri., Oct. 21 OREGON at CALIFORNIA 7:30 p.m. PT ESPN
Sat., Oct. 22 WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA STATE    
  UTAH at UCLA    
  COLORADO at STANFORD    
  OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON    
Thurs. Oct. 27 CALIFORNIA at USC 7:30 p.m. PT ESPN
Sat., Oct. 29 STANFORD at ARIZONA    
  ARIZONA STATE at OREGON    
  WASHINGTON at UTAH    
  WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON STATE    
Thurs., Nov. 3 UCLA at COLORADO 7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT FS1
Sat., Nov. 5 ARIZONA at WASHINGTON STATE    
  OREGON at USC    
  OREGON STATE at STANFORD    
  WASHINGTON at CALIFORNIA    
Thurs., Nov. 10 UTAH at ARIZONA STATE 7:30 p.m. MST/6:30 p.m. PT FS1
Sat., Nov. 12 COLORADO at ARIZONA    
  USC at WASHINGTON    
  OREGON STATE at UCLA    
  STANFORD at OREGON    
  CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON STATE    
Sat., Nov. 19 ARIZONA at OREGON STATE    
  ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON    
  USC at UCLA    
  WASHINGTON STATE at COLORADO    
  OREGON AT UTAH    
  STANFORD AT CALIFORNIA    
Fri., Nov. 25 WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE 12:30 p.m. PT FOX or FS1
  ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA 7:30 p.m. MST/6:30 p.m. PT ESPN
Sat., Nov. 26 UCLA at CALIFORNIA    
  UTAH at COLORADO    
  OREGON AT OREGON STATE    
  Rice at STANFORD    
  Notre Dame at USC    
Fri., Dec. 2 Pac-12 Football Championship Game (5) 6 p.m. PT FOX/FOX Deportes

Games in italics have been selected to be televised as a part of other conference/institution television packages.

(1) ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia

(2) Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colo.

(3) University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.

(4) AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

(5) Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.

For additional information on Pac-12 football, check out Pac-12.com.

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