EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 19: Running back Curtis McNeal #22 of the USC Trojans celebrates after the Trojans upset the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Eugene, Oregon. USC won the game 38-35. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
For those of you still on pins and needles concerning national distribution of the Pac-12 Network, this is a good time to remind you of the following things.
FOX will have the rights to 22 games, televised nationally on either FOX (eight games) or F/X (14 games). That is up from whatever we got from FSN/Versus, which about 10% of us had access to last season last year. ESPN and ABC will be getting another 22, and nearly all of them will be national telecasts to the country. So there will be 44 national telecasts, a far cry from the 15-20 games that could truly be considered national broadcasts for the conference. Regardless of whether you get the Pac-12 Network or not, you should be getting your regular Pac-12 fix in seven hour increments.
The FOX schedule has been leaked from a Reno affiliate, and they landed USC vs. Oregon, a big coup for the network. Full schedule after the jump.
All times PT.
Saturday, September 01, 2012
4:30PM: Hawaii at USC
Saturday, September 08, 2012
4:30 PM: Nebraska at UCLA
Saturday, September 15, 2012
4:30 PM: USC at Stanford
Saturday, October 06, 2012
12:00 PM: UCLA at Cal
Saturday, October 13, 2012
12:00 PM: Utah at UCLA
4:00 PM: USC at Washington
Saturday, October 20, 2012
12:00PM: Stanford at Cal
Saturday, November 03, 2012
4:00 PM: Oregon at USC
Saturday, November 10, 2012
12:00 PM: Oregon at Cal
Saturday, November 17, 2012
12:00 PM: Stanford at Oregon
Friday, November 23, 2012
12:30 PM: Washington at Washington State
Saturday, November 24, 2012
4:00 PM: Oregon at Oregon State
Friday, November 30, 2012
5:00 PM Pac 12 Football Championship Game
So if you're counting,
Four appearances: Oregon, USC
Three appearances: Stanford, Cal, UCLA
Two appearances: Washington
One appearance: Washington State, Oregon State, Utah
This is not a complete lineup, but it's nice to see the conference end up with at least a dozen matchups on FOX when the original TV contract stipulated only eight needed to be shown. Another three are already assigned to F/X, which probably means another seven will get assigned over the course of the season.
FOX has to be pretty happy though. They've landed the best Pac-12 game in USC vs. Oregon, and probably will end up with the next two highest-rated conference games in Stanford vs. Oregon and USC vs. Stanford. UCLA and Cal (not great teams but definitely large fanbases) will also attract a lot of attention in their meetings on the network, and the Big Game, the Apple Cup and Civil War should attract strong audiences as well. It's a strong lineup to pit against the might of the SEC on CBS and Saturday Night Football on ABC.
And after all that, there's still plenty of matchups for ESPN and the Pac-12 Network to divvy up from both USC and Oregon (as well as everyone else). ABC almost certainly had the first pick and scooped up USC vs. Notre Dame; I'd expect the other game to probably be USC vs. UCLA if they've already picked them, considering the hype around the Trojans and the guaranteed ratings boon they bring.
I also believeand will work most of these games (although there's a chance they'll hit up a Big 12 game if it's a bigger contest that week). I'm not sure who the secondary Fox crew is yet. You'll also probably get to see Erin Andrews and her studio show as well. Exciting times.