Arizona equipment truck

The Arizona Wildcats are on the road again. Photo by Wildcat Universe

It’s the greatest Pac-12 football schedule of the year! Hurry! Start reading!!

TWit-Pac’s TV schedule (all times Arizona/Pacific):

Date
Away
Home
Time
TV
Thu Oct 10ARIZONAUSC7:30 p.m.Fox Sports 1
Sat Oct 12OregonWash.1 p.m.Fox Sports 1
Sat Oct 12StanfordUtah3 p.m.Pac-12 Network
Sat Oct 12ColoradoArizona St.7 p.m.Pac-12 Network
Sat Oct 12CalUCLA7:30 p.m.ESPN2
Sat Oct 12Oregon St.Wash. St.7:30 p.m.ESPNU

Look at that schedule! Six conference games featuring all 12 teams. No byes! If I were running the conference (call me Larry Scott Terrell), every week would look like this. You know what, let’s put that in writing:

The season gets expanded to 13 games. Every Pac-12 team plays one warm-up game, one game against a BCS-level opponent, then a full 11-game round-robin schedule. No strength-of-schedule discrepancies, no Notre Dame or Louisiana-Lafayette games over Thanksgiving, just all the Pacific-Twelve Football you can handle. I’d give every team two bye weeks so the season would stretch from mid-August into December. Larry Scott Terrell has spoken!

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ARIZONA (3-1 / 0-1) at USC (3-2 / 0-2)
If the injury news is true, it would be the second straight year the Wildcats have failed to tackle Marqise Lee.

Who does Wildcat Universe want to win?
Your At-a-Crossroads Wildcats. This is a really big one. Read on for more.

Oregon (5-0 / 2-0) at Washington (4-1 / 1-1)
I’m going to go out on a limb and say the Huskies hold the Ducks under their season-low point total of 55.

Who does Wildcat Universe want to win?
Oregon. Just four more Thursdays until that Oregon/Stanford showdown.

Stanford (5-0 / 3-0) at Utah (3-2 / 0-2)
If you thought the Pac-12 coaches had gotten too friendly after Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh left for the NFL, Washington’s Steve Sarkisian and Stanford’s David Shaw put a stop to that. Move over, What’s your deal?, here comes Why in the world would we do it against Washington?

Who does Wildcat Universe want to win?
Stanford. North pinning another loss on South.

Colorado (2-2 / 0-2) at Arizona State (3-2 / 1-1)
The Devils did not go to 4-1! And they’re a competent reffing crew away from having a losing record! Is it too much to ask for a Cowboys Stadium hangover?

Who does Wildcat Universe want to win?
Colorado. Whoever’s Playing ASU pulled off the upset last week but it’s going to need a much bigger Underdog cape this time around.

Cal (1-4 / 0-2) at UCLA (4-0 / 1-0)
If the Bruins and Cardinal can take care of business the Pac-12 will have a very nice battle of unbeatens next week in Palo Alto.

Who does Wildcat Universe want to win?
Cal. Wildcats beat Trojans, Bears beat Bruins, Arizona tied for first place. Piece of cake.

Oregon State (4-1 / 2-0) at Washington State (4-2 / 2-1)
How improved are the Cougars? They don’t just have two Pac-12 wins, they have two Pac-12 road wins. OSU counters with an undefeated record against FBS opponents.

Who does Wildcat Universe want to win?
OSU. A team the UA doesn’t play takes momentum away from a team the Wildcats still have to face.

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Nothing has changed about the Pac-12 tiers except for new descriptive names:

    National Contenders – Oregon, Stanford
    Division Contenders – UCLA, Washington, ASU
    Bowl Contenders – OSU, WSU, ARIZONA, Utah, USC
    Not Contenders – Colorado, Cal

Here we go. Are the Wildcats going to stay down in the bottom-of-the-bowls jumble, or are the guys from Arizona going to win a road game on national TV against an emotionally charged opponent?

The outcome of this game will determine the aspirational ceiling for the rest of the season. Win and you keep pace with UCLA and ASU. Lose and you’re competing with Utah and Colorado.

Now is not a time for tier drops.

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