3. The open dates matter more because …
The SEC always gets hammered for that one week in November when its star teams play the Little Sisters of the Poor Tech, or Cupcake State. However, it’s playing its easy games as a break before the huge showdowns.
In the Pac-12, with a nine-game conference schedule, and almost all of the easy games loaded up at the very beginning, the timing of the breaks are a really, really big deal.
And one team gets a massive hosing. Others don’t get a big break, like …
Oregon gets Montana before going to Stanford, but there’s a week off at the end of September before hosting Cal, and a week off after going to USC in November before hosting Arizona. The open dates don’t really help the Ducks.
The same goes for Stanford. It gets its first week off in the middle of October after dealing with Washington and before hosting UCLA. The second one is just three weeks later at the beginning of November before going to Colorado. Like Oregon, the time off doesn’t help.
Washington plays eight straight games before final getting a week off to get ready for Utah, and then after just two games, gets another week off before going to Colorado.
UCLA probably gets the most help. Its first open date is in mid-October before going to Stanford, and the second one is in November before traveling to Utah.
And then there’s USC.
The Trojans’ open date is on October 5th after going to Washington. Yeah, it’s great to get that time off before the away game at Notre Dame, but they don’t get a two-week rest before any Pac-12 game. The second open date? It’s after the UCLA game – the last game of USC’s regular season.
2019 Pac-12 Football Schedules
Pac-12 Composite, Ranking Top Games
North Cal | Oregon | Oregon State
Stanford | Washington | Washington State
South Arizona | Arizona State | Colorado
UCLA | USC | Utah