Happy birthday!

The Pac-12 kicks things off on the football field today. The 12-Pac. The West Side Dozen. Celebrate with some college football on TV!

TWIT-Pac has all 12 members of the newly expanded family in action this week and here is where you can find them (all times Arizona/Pacific):

Pac-12 Week 1 TV schedule

Wouldn’t it be great to look at this and understand what each of those TV channels means?
Thanks to Larry Scott this will be the final season of television frustration.

Dance!

Pac-12 Football! Dance!
Photo by Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic

Montana State at Utah
If you want to see the Utes’ very first game as a member of the Pac-12 you can watch for free online. Utah is already putting their new riches to good use.

UC Davis at ASU
Jefferson, Chili, Al or Jim?

Minnesota at USC
Two teams with no chance of making a bowl game.

UCLA at Houston
When your coach is on the hottest seat in the conference you don’t want to open the season traveling to face a sixth-year quarterback with over 13,000 career passing yards.

Sacramento State at OSU
The Beavers’ Mike Riley has pulled a page from that other OSU’s playbook. Starting defensive tackle Castro Masaniani was arrested over the summer and will be serving a one-game suspension…just not right now.

San Jose State at Stanford
We all know about Andrew Luck but I’m very curious to see how the Cardinal does this year after losing the true superstar of the program, Jim Harbaugh’s jaw.

Idaho State at WSU
The last five years the Cougars have opened the season with Auburn, Wisconsin, Stanford and Oklahoma State twice. They finally decided to pick on someone their own size.

Cal at Fresno State
This is Pat Hill’s 15th season at FSU making him the fourth longest-tenured coach in the FBS. Jeff Tedford is the dean of Pac-12 coaches as he begins his 10th year at Cal. (Mike Stoops is third in the Pac-12 and 16th in the nation with his seven full years at his current job. I wouldn’t have guessed that 15 minutes ago.)

Eastern Washington at Washington
If you’re going to play an FCS team why would you play the very best one? Didn’t Michigan teach us that?

Oregon vs. LSU in Arlington, TX
Five Big Sky teams, three WAC teams, a Great West team, and this game. If the Pac-12 wants some respect on opening weekend it’s going to have to come on the wings of the Ducks.

Northern Arizona at ARIZONA
I’m not at all suggesting giving up on the Cats’ five games after NAU, but I am suggesting really enjoying this one. Just in case.

Colorado at Hawaiʻi
The Buffaloes fired their coach last year but I hope they also fired whoever made this schedule. How do you play four non-conference games and only get one at home? Especially when you haven’t won a road game in four years. Not a good first impression, Colo.

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Who do Wildcat fans want to win?
Normally you want your conference-mates to win all their non-league games, but it depends how you think the Cats are going to do this year. If you have the UA being really good (or really bad), you want every Pac-12 team (outside Tempe) to win to boost conference pride. But if you think the Cats are a bowl bubble team it doesn’t hurt at all to have fellow middle-of-the-Pac squads suffer a non-conference defeat.

Definitely root for Oregon, Stanford and USC to win. Certainly root for ASU to lose. After that, go with what feels right.

After a year of waiting it feels great to welcome the Pac-12.

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