Pac-12 announces 2016 football schedule

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SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 Conference announced today its 2016 football schedule that pairs a competitive nine-game Conference schedule with a non-conference slate that includes four contests against teams currently ranked in the CFP Top 15 – No. 2 Alabama, No. 8 Notre Dame (2), and No. 14 Michigan.  In all, more than a third of the Pac-12’s non-conference schedule pits the league against a Power 5 conference opponent, as well as independents Notre Dame and BYU.

“Not only is the nine-game Conference schedule demanding for each of our teams, but they continue to test themselves with an array of impressive non-conference opponents too,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “These are the types of big-time matchups Pac-12 fans will enjoy watching next season.”

In addition, traditional rivalry games will be played over the last two weeks of the season, followed by the Pac-12 Football Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Friday, December 2.

The 2016 season is scheduled to get under way on Saturday, August 27, as CALIFORNIA travels to Sydney, Australia to take on Hawai’i. While California received a waiver from the NCAA to begin the season a week early, the actual season-opening games for the rest of the Conference will take place Thursday, September 1 through Saturday, September 3 where a couple of Saturday showdowns with the SEC loom when UCLA visits Texas A&M and USC meets Alabama at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

In a rematch of the Pac-12 Football Championship Game, USC opens up league play at STANFORD during the third week of the season. That weekend also features several marquee road non-conference contests as UCLA travels to BYU, while COLORADO visits Michigan and OREGON heads to Nebraska in a couple of Big Ten matchups.

Every football game played at Pac-12 sites will be televised. A combination of the ESPN channels, ABC, FOX and FOX Sports 1 will broadcast 44 games nationally and Pac-12 Networks will offer 35 games to  national and international audiences. Exact broadcast schedules will be determined at a later date.

The 2016 Conference schedule features five games on four Thursday night dates that includes three key league matchups between CALIFORNIA at USC on October 27, UCLA at COLORADO on November 3, and UTAH at ARIZONA STATE on November 10. In addition, the schedule’s seven games on five Friday dates is highlighted by a pair of Friday, November 25 rivalry games featuring ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA in the Territorial Cup and WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE in the Apple Cup.

The decision was made to schedule the cross-division UCLA at CALIFORNIA game on the final week of the 2016 season in keeping with the terms of scheduling commitments approved by the Pac-12 Directors of Athletics to maintain the late-season games between Stanford/USC and Notre Dame.

2016 Pac-12 Football Schedule

Sat., Aug. 27 Hawai’i vs. CALIFORNIA (1)
Thurs., Sept. 1 Southern Utah at UTAH
  OREGON STATE at Minnesota
Fri., Sept. 2 Colorado State vs. COLORADO (2)
  Kansas State at STANFORD
Sat., Sept. 3 ARIZONA vs. BYU (3)
  Northern Arizona at ARIZONA STATE
  USC vs. Alabama (4)
  UCLA at Texas A&M
  UC Davis at OREGON
  Rutgers at WASHINGTON
  Eastern Washington at WASHINGTON STATE
Sat., Sept. 10 Grambling at ARIZONA
  Texas Tech at ARIZONA STATE
  Utah State at USC
  UNLV at UCLA
  Idaho State at COLORADO
  BYU at UTAH
  Virginia at OREGON
  Idaho at WASHINGTON
  WASHINGTON STATE at Boise State
  CALIFORNIA at San Diego State
Sat,. Sept. 17 Hawai’i at ARIZONA
  ARIZONA STATE at UTSA
  USC at STANFORD
  UCLA at BYU
  COLORADO at Michigan
  UTAH at San Jose State
  OREGON at Nebraska
  Idaho State at OREGON STATE
  Portland State at WASHINGTON
  Idaho at WASHINGTON STATE
  Texas at CALIFORNIA
Fri., Sept. 23 USC at UTAH
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
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
Fri., Oct. 21 OREGON at CALIFORNIA
Sat., Oct. 22 WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA STATE
  UTAH at UCLA
  COLORADO at STANFORD
  OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON
Thurs. Oct. 27 CALIFORNIA at USC
Sat., Oct. 29 STANFORD at ARIZONA
  ARIZONA STATE at OREGON
  WASHINGTON at UTAH
  WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON STATE
Thurs., Nov. 3 UCLA at COLORADO
Sat., Nov. 5 ARIZONA at WASHINGTON STATE
  OREGON at USC
  OREGON STATE at STANFORD
  WASHINGTON at CALIFORNIA
Thurs., Nov. 10 UTAH at ARIZONA STATE
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 ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA
  WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE
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) (FOX)
  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.
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