Wednesday, May 29, 2013

ESPN Networks announce 8 Pac-12 Football TV Games

Two Pac-12 games against the Big Ten and one against the SEC are among the first 8 games announced by the ESPN Networks today for the 2013 Pac-12 on ESPN schedule. Within the 8 games are 8 teams: Cal, Arizona State, USC, Oregon, Washington St., Oregon St., UCLA, and Stanford. Sorry Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and Washington, but you're not important enough for ESPN to select from the beginning, unless you count the Utah at BYU game, which will be on an ESPN Network. Among the chosen games are 2 Thursday night and two Friday night games, cancelling out the idea that Fox Sports 1 had already reserved these games for them. Here's the press release from ESPN. 

Pac-12 College Football Games Added to ESPN’s 2013 Schedule

ESPN has added eight Pac-12 Conference college football games to its 2013 schedule for ESPN, ABC and ESPN2 telecasts. The schedule includes two Thursday and two Friday night games, and concludes with the season-ending Pac-12 Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 7. It will mark the first time an ESPN platform will televise the conference title game.
Additional games will be announced as the season progresses. Highlights:
  • The selections include games involving teams ranked in an early preseason top 25 poll, highlighted by a Thursday ESPN College Football Primetime telecast pitting No. 3 Oregon at No. 5 Stanford on November 7, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. Stanford defeated Oregon 17-14 in overtime last season, giving the Ducks their only loss of the 2012 campaign.
  • ESPN2 will televise two Friday night Pac-12 games, both involving one ranked team: No. 23 USC at Oregon State on November 1 and Washington at No. 19 UCLA on November 15.
  • The first two weeks of the schedule will include three non-conference matchups against traditional power conferences. Two of the games will feature a Pac-12 team hosting ranked Big Ten squads (California against No. 24 Northwestern and Arizona State against No. 25 Wisconsin) and No. 3 Oregon against the SEC’s Tennessee.
The 2013 Pac-12 schedule as of May 29 (additional selections to be announced):
DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
Sat, Aug 3110:30 p.m.No. 24 Northwestern at CaliforniaESPN2
Sat, Sep 143:30 p.m.Tennessee at No. 3 OregonABC, ESPN or ESPN2
 10:30 p.m.No. 25 Wisconsin at Arizona StateESPN or ESPN2
Thu, Oct 3110:30 p.m.Arizona State at Washington StateESPN
Fri, Nov 19 p.m.No. 23 USC at Oregon StateESPN2
Thu, Nov 79 p.m.No. 3 Oregon at No. 5 StanfordESPN
Fri, Nov 159 p.m.Washington at No. 19 UCLAESPN2
Sat, Dec 77:45 p.m. or 8 p.m.Pac-12 Championship GameABC or ESPN

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