The Pac-12 Networks will open its initial college football season by airing 15 games in the first three weeks of the 2012 season and, with the addition of the California at USC game in week 4, will televise at least one game from each Pac-12 team during the first four weeks, it was announced today.
With USC, Oregon and Stanford ranked in preseason top 25, four new head coaches joining the Conference and one newly renovated stadium, the Pac-12 Networks will showcase a variety of compelling storylines that will resonate with college football fans across the country.
“We are extremely excited about the upcoming football season and the slate of Pac-12 games that we will feature throughout the season,” Pac-12 Enterprises President Gary Stevenson said. “In the first four weeks, we will have at least one game from all 12 teams, will feature some very intriguing matchups like Oklahoma State at Arizona and Cal at USC, and will televise the home debuts of new coaches Todd Graham at Arizona State and Mike Leach at Washington State. It’s a great start to what we expect to be a very competitive Pac-12 season.”
The Pac-12 Networks will kick-off its 35-game football schedule with six games during the opening week (August 30-September 1), including two on Thursday, Stanford’s home opener on Friday and three more on Saturday.
The University of Utah will host the first football game on the Pac-12 Networks when Northern Colorado visits Rice-Eccles Stadium Thursday, August 30. Kickoff is set for 5:15 p.m. MT. The Pac-12 Networks targeted the Utes home opener as their historic first football game and requested a special start time to make it happen.
“Putting our first schedule together required a lot of flexibility and cooperation from all of our schools,” Stevenson said. “Utah was especially helpful by moving the start time of their home opener to give us a great doubleheader to launch our networks.”
Arizona State will be the second game of an opening night doubleheader when they kick-off the Todd Graham era at home against Northern Arizona at 7:30 p.m. PT. The first week will also feature the unveiling of Cal’s newly renovated Memorial Stadium Sept. 1 at 12:00 p.m. PT when the Bears host Nevada, as well as home openers for Oregon State and Washington.
The Pac-12 Networks will have six more games during week two, highlighted by three-time defending Conference champion Oregon hosting Fresno State, Oklahoma State’s visit to Tucson to face Rich Rodriguez’s Arizona Wildcats and the Pullman debut of head coach Mike Leach when Washington State hosts Eastern Washington.
In week 3, the Pac-12 Networks will have a triple-header on Saturday, September 15 with Oregon hosting Tennessee Tech, UCLA and new head coach Jim Mora at home against Houston and South Carolina State visiting Arizona.
The Pac-12 Networks have picked Cal at USC Saturday, Sept. 22 as its initial game selection in week four. The remainder of the week four television schedule will be determined 6-to-12 days prior to the games.
Arizona, Cal, Oregon and Stanford each have two appearances during the first three weeks, while ASU, Colorado, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Washington State have one. USC makes its debut on the networks the following week.
The Pac-12 Networks launch August 15 and will consist of one national and six regional networks devoted solely to the Pac-12. In addition to the hundreds of live televised Pac-12 sporting events, Pac-12 Networks subscribers will have access to their carrier’s TV Everywhere platform, providing access to all Pac-12 Networks programming on any device through their broadband service.
Fans can learn more about the Pac-12 Networks by watching this video http://on.pac-12.org/LS1ALo, and can see if they will get Pac-12 Networks from your TV provider by visiting the Pac-12 Networks Channel Finder http://on.pac-12.org/LCGkvG. Questions that aren’t answered in the Pac-12 Networks FAQ http://on.pac-12.org/La10fX can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org .
About Pac-12 Enterprises
Pac-12 Enterprises is the new content and multiplatform media company for the Pac-12 Conference, a leader in collegiate athletics that includes 12 of the most prestigious universities in the world and a nation-leading 450 NCAA titles across 27 sports. Headquartered in San Francisco, Pac-12 Enterprises was created in 2011 to develop and launch the Pac-12 Networks and Pac-12 Digital, and to control the distribution of the Pac-12 intellectual property rights in sports and other Conference initiatives. Launching August 15, 2012, the Pac-12 Networks are full-time native HD linear networks available to video programming operators, dedicated solely to the Pac-12. It will consist of a national network and six regional feeds that will televise hundreds of live sporting events annually and provide 24/7 access to Pac-12 teams and universities. Pac-12 Digital encompasses the digital network, mobile, the university websites, social media and innovative digital initiatives across the company.
2012 PAC-12 NETWORKS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Day/Date Game Time (PT/ET) TV
Thur., Aug. 30 Northern Colorado at Utah 4:15 pm PT/7:15 p.m. ET Pac-12 Networks
Northern Arizona at Arizona State 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m.ET Pac-12 Networks
Fri., Aug. 31 San Jose State at Stanford 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET Pac-12 Networks
Sat., Sept. 1 Nevada at California 12 noon PT/3 p.m. ET Pac-12 Networks
Nicholls State at Oregon State 12 noon PT/3 p.m. ET Pac-12 Networks
San Diego State at Washington 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET Pac-12 Networks
Sat., Sept. 8 Southern Utah at California 12 noon PT/3 p.m. ET Pac-12 Networks
Eastern Wash. at Washington State 12 noon PT/3 p.m. ET Pac-12 Networks
Sacramento State at Colorado 12 noon PT/3 p.m. ET Pac-12 Networks
Fresno State at Oregon 3:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. ET Pac-12 Networks
Oklahoma State at Arizona 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET Pac-12 Networks
Duke at Stanford 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET Pac-12 Networks
Sat., Sept. 15 Tennessee Tech at Oregon 12 noon PT/3 p.m.ET Pac-12 Networks
South Carolina State at Arizona 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET Pac-12 Networks
Houston at UCLA 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET Pac-12 Networks
(12- or six-day selection for each of the remaining Pac-12 home games)
Sat., Sept. 22 California at USC TBA Pac-12 Networks
What Pac-12 head football coaches are saying about Pac-12 Networks…
"We are honored at Arizona State University to be playing on the first night of the new Pac-12 Networks. We are very excited for the launch of the new national and regional television outlet and the unmatched exposure it will bring to Sun Devil football and to our conference."
– Arizona State Head Football Coach Todd Graham
“Having three of our first four contests on Pac-12 Networks gives our fans and alumni all over the world an opportunity to closely follow and engage with Cal football. Our conference plays a brand of football that is on par with the best in the country. Pac-12 Networks provides a great opportunity to showcase our program and our student-athletes.”
– Cal Head Football Coach Jeff Tedford
“We’re pleased that Pac-12 Networks will telecast our return home to Memorial Stadium. It is symbolic of the beginning of exciting new eras for both the Pac-12 and Cal Athletics. The conference has done a fabulous job in creating this media enterprise which will provide significantly increased exposure which our tremendous teams and student-athletes so richly deserve.”
– Cal Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour
"We are very excited to have our first game of the year featured nationally on the Pac-12 Network on Friday August 31. Stanford Football will definitely benefit from the exposure of playing in prime time on the night before college football's first Saturday of the season. For our fans, it'll be great to experience the first-ever Friday night game in Stanford Stadium!"
– Stanford Head Football Coach David Shaw
"There are a lot of reasons to be excited about the Pac-12 Network, especially the fact that it broadens the league's viewing base on a national level. It is a huge plus to have so many events in every sport, not just football, receive exposure on the Pac-12 Network's various platforms, whether you are a fan, a parent, a recruit, a coach or just a channel-hopper who happens upon the network. Our league puts a great product on the field of play and we will now be able to highlight that to the nation's viewers in a unique and cutting-edge fashion through the Pac-12 Network. We are looking forward to having our Trojan games air on the Pac-12 Network."
– USC Head Football Coach Lane Kiffin
“Playing in the inaugural Pac-12 Network game is an honor for our program and one more benefit of being a member of the Pac-12 Conference. Any time we have the opportunity to play on national television it is good exposure for our university and gives recruits all across the country a chance to watch us play.”
– Utah Head Football Coach Kyle Whittingham
“This is an exciting time for the Pac-12 Conference and particularly, Washington State. Larry Scott and his team at the Pac-12 have been innovative in their approach to the network and to play every game before a national audience is a tremendous opportunity for the Cougars. With the great leadership and vision of President (Elson) Floyd and (Athletic Director) Bill Moos, the Cougar Football Project at Martin Stadium, and the support of Cougar fans everywhere, we have a lot to be proud of now and in the future. The exposure we will receive on a weekly basis will be invaluable to our program.”
– Washington State Head Football Coach Mike Leach