Thursday Night Stanford-Oregon Game Highlights 2013 Football Schedule

There was a stretch during the mid-2000s when the annual matchup between Cal and USC was the can’t-miss Pac-12 football game of the season. Oregon and Oregon State have played some meaningful games in recent years.

But the past couple seasons have spurned a new rivalry, one in which it seems will decide the Pac-12 North every season – Stanford vs. Oregon.

That’s the highlight of the 2013 Pac-12 football schedule that was announced last week. In addition to several high-profile nonconference games, the Thursday night showdown between the Cardinal and Ducks on Nov. 7 at Stanford Stadium will help make for another exciting Pac-12 season.

“It’s going to be absolutely ridiculous,” Pac-12 Networks analyst Yogi Roth of said the Stanford-Oregon matchup during a podcast last week. “It’s a Thursday night game so it’s a pseudo-bye heading into it. It will kind of feel like a bowl game a little bit. I’m stoked about this game. It’s just going to be awesome. For Stanford, it’s what they are trying to turn their environment in to – they’re going to see how crazy they can get. It’s going to be off the hook. It’s the No. 1 game in conference play.”

Like last season, every game played at a Pac-12 site will be on television. Forty-four games will air on a combination of ESPN channels, ABC and FOX, while 35 will be carried by the Pac-12 Networks. Specific television information will be announced at a later date.

Two showdowns between teams from the Pac-12 and SEC highlight the nonconference portion of the schedule. Considered by many to be the top two football conferences in the nation, they will be represented in the first week when Washington State travels to Auburn on Aug. 31. Two weeks later, Oregon, which many observers felt should have played SEC foe Alabama in the BCS title game last week, will host Tennessee on Sept. 14.

“It’s good for the Pac-12,” Roth said. “The arguments will begin early on in the season.”

Roth singled out Arizona State, Washington State and Cal as having difficult paths to begin the season. The Sun Devils have to play Wisconsin in their second game before opening the Pac-12 season at defending champion Stanford. After playing Auburn, the Cougars begin conference play the following week at USC. And Cal plays Big Ten foes Northwestern and Ohio State, each of which finished last season in the top 25, in two of its first three games. The Bears then commence Pac-12 play at Oregon.

“I look at those three early-season schedules as three teams that have a difficult road in the first half of the season.”

For the complete composite 2013 football schedule, click here.

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