Pac-12 kicks off its 100th season

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KICK IT OFF: All 12 teams will be in action during the opening week of the season as the Pac-12 kicks off its 100th season. The 2015 season features seven Thursday games and eight Friday contests, to go along with the traditional slate of Saturday games.

THE POLLS: In back-to-back years, six Pac-12 teams grace the preseason Top 25 polls. It’s the third consecutive ranking period where six Pac-12 teams are listed in the AP poll (also the final two polls last season - Dec. 7 and Jan. 13). It’s the 14th time in the history of the AP poll that the league has had six teams listed among the Top 25, half of those came during the 2014 season.

NON-LEAGUE SLATE/PAC-12 SCHEDULE: The Pac-12’s non-conference schedule of 37 games includes matchups with nine opponents who are ranked or received votes in the preseason AP and/or USA Today polls. . . Each Conference team will play a nine-game league schedule that includes five games within its own division and four games in the other division. Teams with the best record in their respective divisions will meet in the Pac-12 title game on Saturday, Dec. 5 (ABC or ESPN) at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. 

RETURNING SIGNAL-CALLERS: Despite losing the services of Arizona State’s Taylor Kelly (ASU career record with 10,223 yards of total offense), Oregon’s Marcus Mariota (Heisman Trophy winner and Pac-12 career record-holder with 13,023 yards in total offense), Oregon State’s Sean Mannion (Pac-12 career record-holder 13,600 passing yards), UCLA’s Brett Hundley (UCLA’s all-time leader in total offense - 11,713 yds) and Washington State’s Connor Halliday (WSU’s all-time leader with 11,304 passing yards and 90 TD passes), the Pac-12 is in good hands with six returning signal callers, while two others picked up three starts each last season for injured starters.

This Week’s Pac-12 Football Schedule

Thurs., Sept. 3 Site Local Time/TV
t39/t51 Michigan (0-0) at 30/30 UTAH (0-0) Rice Eccles Stadium 6:30 p.m. MT/FOX Sports 1
--/-- UTSA (0-0) at 22/22 ARIZONA (0-0) Arizona Stadium 7 p.m. PT/PAC12
--/-- COLORADO (0-0) at --/-- Hawai’i (0-0) Aloha Stadium 7 p.m. HT/CBSSN
Fri., Sept. 4 Site Local Time/TV
--/-- Weber State (0-0) at --/-- OREGON STATE (0-0) Reser Stadium 5 p.m. PT/PAC12
--/t51 WASHINGTON (0-0) at 23/24 Boise State (0-0) Albertsons Stadium 8:15 p.m. MT/ESPN
Sat., Sept. 5 Site Local Time/TV
21/21 STANFORD (0-0) at --/--Northwestern (0-0) Ryan Field 11 a.m. CT/ESPN
--/-- Portland State (0-0) at --/-- WASHINGTON STATE (0-0) Martin Stadium 11 a.m. PT/PAC12
--/-- Virginia (0-0) at 13/14 UCLA (0-0) Rose Bowl 12:30 p.m. PT/FOX
--/-- Grambling (0-0) at t42/-- CALIFORNIA (0-0) Memorial Stadium 2 p.m. PT/PAC12
15/16 ARIZONA STATE (0-0) vs. 27/27 Texas A&M (0-0) Houston, Texas/NRG Stadium 6 p.m. CT/ESPN
--/-- Eastern Washington (0-0) at 7/15 OREGON (0-0) Autzen Stadium 5 p.m. PT/PAC12
--/-- Arkansas State (0-0) at 8/10 USC (0-0) LA Memorial Coliseum 8 p.m. PT/PAC12


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