WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – The University of Oregon will host Washington on Oct. 6 and Stanford on Nov. 17 to highlight its seven-game 2012 home football schedule released Wednesday by the Pac-12 Conference, with all games to be televised nationally as part of the league’s new media rights agreement that includes ESPN, FOX and the Pac-12 Networks.
The three-time defending conference champions will play their first four games of 2012 in Autzen Stadium, including the Sept. 1 season opener vs. 2011 Sun Belt Conference champion Arkansas State. The Red Wolves will be under direction of first-year Head Coach Gus Malzahn, who was the offensive coordinator at Auburn when the Ducks and Tigers faced one another in the 2011 BCS National Championship Game.
Oregon will officially open defense of its league crown at home against Arizona on Sept. 22, before heading on the road for the first time Sept. 29, playing Washington State at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
The remaining home schedule will feature Colorado’s first visit to Autzen Stadium in 26 years (Oct. 27), as well as non-league contests vs. traditional Western Athletic Conference contender Fresno State (Sept. 8) and Tennessee Tech (Sept. 15).
Following the lone open weekend of the season (Oct. 13), the Ducks will play their only Thursday night game of the year at Arizona State on Oct. 18. The remaining road slate calls for the 2012 Rose Bowl champions to play at USC (Nov. 3), California (Nov. 10) and Oregon State (Nov. 24).
Oregon will be the beneficiary of playing five of its first six games in Eugene, where it has posted a 20-1 record in three seasons under Head Coach Chip Kelly and boasts of a string of 82 consecutive sellouts.
With the new ESPN and FOX media rights agreement as well as the launch of the Pac-12 Networks in August, every Pac-12 football game will be available to fans on a national clearance, eliminating regional distribution which was prevalent in the prior broadcast arrangements. There will be 44 games on the combination of ESPN’s family of networks, Fox Broadcast and FX, while 34 games are scheduled to air on the Pac-12 Networks. Exact broadcast schedules will be determined at a later date. The new schedule will also include eight Thursday and Friday specialty dates for ESPN and FOX. Dates during the first two weeks of the non-conference schedule are still being adjusted to accommodate television commitments, but the remainder of the schedule is set.
“The one thing we heard loud and clear from fans across the Conference is they want to see their teams play every week,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said. “Starting in 2012 fans can see all games throughout the country."
The Pac-12 Championship Game will be played Friday, Nov. 30, at the home field of the team with best overall conference record.
For the second year in a row, the Ducks are not scheduled to play UCLA or Utah during the regular season.
Utah is currently scheduled to get the 2012 season started on August 30 with a Thursday night game against Northern Colorado in Rice-Eccles Stadium. It will be one of 10 games hosted by Pac-12 teams in the opening week. Only UCLA (at Rice) and Washington State (at BYU) open on the opponent’s home field.
Week two features four games against national powerhouses: Arizona hosts Oklahoma State, UCLA plays Nebraska in the Rose Bowl, Wisconsin visits Oregon State and Washington travels to LSU.
The Pac-12 Conference schedule begins September 15 when Stanford and USC renew their rivalry at Stanford. Everyone else, except Washington, begins Pac-12 play the following week.
The Thursday night schedule will include Stanford at Washington on Sept. 27, USC at Utah on October 4, and Arizona State at Colorado on Oct. 11. The Friday games will include Washington at Cal on November 2, and three rivalry games on Nov. 23, Thanksgiving weekend: Arizona State at Arizona, Utah at Colorado and Washington at Washington State.
2012 Oregon Football Schedule
Sept. 1 -- Arkansas State
Sept. 8 -- Fresno State
Sept. 15 -- Tennessee Tech
Sept. 22 -- Arizona
Sept. 29 -- at Washington State
Oct. 6 -- Washington
Oct. 18 -- at Arizona State
Oct. 27 -- Colorado
Nov. 3 -- at USC
Nov. 10 -- at California
Nov. 17 -- Stanford
Nov. 24 -- at Oregon State
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