Pac-12 Networks unveils first three weeks of 2015 football TV schedule
Unprecedented 17 games in first three weeks beginning Thursday, September 3
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. (June 1, 2015) – The countdown to the 2015 college football season has begun and Pac-12 Networks is excited to bring fans 17 live football games in just the first three weeks of the 2015 season, all beginning Thursday, September 3.
Over the three-week span, the Networks will televise more Pac-12 football action than ESPN and FOX combined. The early slate features home openers for nine schools: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, USC.
“Pac-12 Networks will be must-see TV with 17 live games over the first three weeks,” said Pac-12 Networks President Lydia Murphy-Stephans. “We’re looking forward to another incredible season with more high-quality game productions, expert analysis and complementary shoulder programming to give Pac-12 fans the best coverage of their favorite teams."
Week one kicks off with six games over three days, Thursday, September 3 – Saturday, September 5, including a jam-packed Saturday with both Oregon and USC in action. Head coach Rich Rodriguez and the Arizona Wildcats kick things off Thursday, hosting University of Texas-San Antonio at 7:00 p.m., followed by the beginning of the Gary Andersen era at Oregon State against Weber State Friday at 5:00 p.m. A full college football Saturday on September 5 wraps up week 1 with Portland State vs. Washington State at 11:00 a.m., followed by Grambling State vs. California at 2:00 p.m., Oregon hosting Eastern Washington at 5:00 p.m. and the Trojans serving up the nightcap with an 8:00 p.m. meeting against Arkansas State.
In week two, Pac-12 Networks features five games Saturday, September 12 starting with two games at 11:00 a.m. – Sacramento State vs. Washington and Massachusetts at Colorado. QB Jared Goff and the Cal Bears make their second Network appearance hosting San Diego State at 2:00 p.m., followed by Idaho-USC at 5:00 p.m. The day concludes with the ASU Sun Devils hosting Cal Poly in the desert at 8:00 p.m.
Week 3 is all about Oregon, Washington and Arizona as all six teams from those regions will be in action on Pac-12 Networks beginning Friday, September 18 with another primetime battle in the desert as ASU hosts New Mexico at 7:00 p.m. The day begins Saturday, September 19 at 11:00 a.m. in Eugene with the Ducks at home against Georgia State, followed by Washington hosting Utah State at 2:00 p.m. Oregon State makes its second Networks appearance of the season against San Jose State at 5:00 p.m., while Washington State hosts Wyoming at 5:30 p.m. The night concludes with Northern Arizona at Arizona at 8:00 p.m.
2014 was a banner year for the Pac-12, highlighted Oregon QB Marcus Mariota winning the Heisman Trophy and leading the Ducks to an appearance in the first College Football Playoff National Championship. The success of the league’s teams, which finished with six teams in the final CFP poll, also had 39 players selected in the NFL Draft.
2015 is shaping up to be a strong year at the running back position in the Pac-12 with top returning talent like Oregon’s Royce Freeman and Byron Marshall, Oregon State’s Storm Woods, USC’s Justin Davis, California’s Daniel Lasco and Nick Wilson of Arizona all expected to be key factors in 10 of the 17 matchups. Additionally at the quarterback position, the Conference returns notable names like Anu Solomon (Arizona), Mike Bercovici (Arizona State), Jared Goff (California), Sefo Liufau (Colorado), Cody Kessler (USC) and Travis Wilson (Utah) to continue in the league’s tradition of grooming the nation’s best signal callers.
Stay tuned for additional announcements regarding Pac-12 Networks’ fall football programming slate, including new shows and broadcast and in-studio talent pairings on Pac-12.com. The remaining network television schedule will be determined and announced 6-to-12 days prior to the games.
Pac-12 Networks 2015 Football Telecast Schedule (first three weeks; all times PT)
Thursday 9/3 University of Texas-San Antonio at Arizona 7:00 p.m.
Friday 9/4 Weber State at Oregon State 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9/5 Portland State at Washington State 11:00 a.m.
Saturday 9/5 Grambling State at California 2:00 p.m.
Saturday 9/5 Eastern Washington at Oregon 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9/5 Arkansas State at USC 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 9/12 Sacramento State at Washington 11:00 a.m.
Saturday 9/12 Massachusetts at Colorado 11:00 a.m.
Saturday 9/12 San Diego State at California 2:00 p.m.
Saturday 9/12 Idaho at USC 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9/12 Cal Poly at Arizona State 8:00 p.m.
Friday 9/18 New Mexico at Arizona State 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 9/19 Georgia State at Oregon 11:00 a.m.
Saturday 9/19 Utah State at Washington 2:00 p.m.
Saturday 9/19 San Jose State at Oregon State 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9/19 Wyoming at Washington State 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 9/19 Northern Arizona at Arizona 8:00 p.m.