It's more than four months till the college football season gets started, but with the official Pac-12 schedules recently finalized, there are some really big games that I'm sure fans around the conference are already looking forward to. Looks like it is going to be another very intriguing November.
10. Arizona State at UCLA 11/23
A rematch of what may have been 2012's best Pac-12 game that didn't include in Oregon and Stanford. With both of these teams looking like they could be the strongest in the South Division, this could very well decide the division or at least put the winner in the position to seal the deal in the final week of the regular season.
9. UCLA at Oregon 10/26
This could easily end up being a preview of the Pac-12 Championship game as the Bruins will have the chance to prove that they have truly arrived under Jim Mora is they can do the impossible and score a huge upset in Eugene. This will also be the Ducks' first true in-conference test of the season and maybe the first chance to see if they really aren't going to miss a beat without Chip Kelly as they open up with a relatively weak slate against the Washington schools and Cal.
8. UCLA at Stanford 10/19
Another potential Pac-12 Championship game preview and a rematch of last season's. This will also be Stanford's first game against a team that will likely be in the pre-season Top 25 so it could be their first test and the Bruins will assuredly have to be looking to get revenge after dropping both of their games to the Cardinal at the end of 2012.
7. USC at Notre Dame 10/19
This might not be as high profile of a game as it usually is if the Trojans continue their middling slide, but regardless it is always a game of national interest and the Irish could be a Top 10 team at this point of the season. The Trojans generally play the Irish very well, so even if the Irish are heavy favorites, this could very easily be an upset for the Trojans.
6. Stanford at Oregon State 10/26
This won't be a glamorous game, but it will be an underrated game that could really shape the face of the North Division standings. The Beavers might be the best team in the conference after Stanford and Oregon and they get the game at home, so it might be the sleeper game of the season going into 2013.
5. UCLA at USC 11/30
I have a feeling that this is going to be a very, very interesting game every year in the near future and that the South Division championship will frequently be on the line. If both teams play their first 11 games as they should, this one should pit two good teams against each other who are trying to lay claim to dominance of LA for the year and the Pac-12 Championship Game.
4. Oregon at Oregon State 11/29
The Friday after Thanksgiving will be a big one in Oregon as there is a good chance that the Beavers could be the only thing that stands between the Ducks and Pac-12 Championship and national championship dreams. The Ducks have been able to whip the Beavers year after year, but the Beavers should be strong again and it's a rivalry game where some surprises are long overdue.
3. Stanford at USC 11/16
These two have met up for some epic games the past couple of years and even though it looks like USC has regressed a bit, the Trojans have to chomping at the bit to finally beat Stanford again... and it's in LA. The Cardinal will be just a week removed from their showdown with Oregon, so this also opens up the door for a letdown game.
2. Notre Dame at Stanford 11/30
A rematch of one of last season's most meaningful in hindsight and exciting games will close the season and very well may have national title implications. The Cardinal get their chance for revenge in Palo Alto, and if all goes well they will need to win to keep themselves in the national title hunt.
- Oregon at Stanford 11/7
Pretty much a no-brainer here. This has quickly become the yearly Pac-12 game of the year and this season could be the biggest one of all as both teams are likely to be in the pre-season Top 5 and if both come into the game undefeated it could be a showdown of the number one and number two team in the country.