Pac 12 schedules at a glance
Taking a quick glance at the new Pac 12 schedules for 2011, the first thing that jumps out is that Washington is screwed. The Huskies insisted on playing games in Los Angeles, and to that much schedulers obliged. USC will host Washington in November, marking just one trouble spot for the Huskies on next year’s slate.
Steve Sarkisian and his assistants will have to earn their paychecks in 2011. Aside for the lock in games with the northern portion of the league, which includes Oregon, Oregon State, Cal, and Stanford, the Huskies drew Arizona and Utah to go along with USC in the south. Add the out of conference match with Nebraska, and bowl eligibility appears improbable for a program that will be playing without Jake Locker in 2011.
As for the Trojans’ upcoming schedule, it is as follows:
9/24 @Arizona State
10/13 @ Cal
10/22 @ Notre Dame
11/5 @ Colorado
12/3 Pac 12 Championship- USC currently ineligible
USC will play 4 of the first 5 five at home, and the one road contest is hardly a gimme. The temperatures in Tempe are still soaring in late September, and the game time is still to be announced. Conditions may also be a factor in November, when the Trojans travel to Boulder to face the Colorado Buffs. Even if the Rockies have yet to cool, the change in altitude usually leaves outsiders gasping for air. As bad as the Colorado program has been, it’s still not the ideal place for a program short on scholarships and thin in roster to play.
A key date on the schedule is Oregon. It isn’t key because the Trojans are still looking for payback, but because it’s being played at Autzen. The significance of the location is more easily seen when you look ahead to the future.
Unless the NCAA mercifully reduces penalties on appeal and lifts the postseason ban for 2011, it will be another year of USC playing out the regular season and nothing else. 2012 would be the year of freedom, and in the first year regaining postseason eligibility status, the Trojans (suddenly with everything to gain) would host the Ducks in the Coliseum.
For a quick look at the 2011 schedules, Ted Miller has them HERE
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