1. Really … who has the hardest Pac-12 schedule?
Stanford isn’t going to be able to take a breath over the first four weeks of the season.
If you can find a rougher opening four game run, go for it. Northwestern, at USC, at UCF, Oregon. That’s followed up by a trip to Oregon State, which shouldn’t be an issue, but that’s three road games in four weeks, all wrapped around Oregon.
Okay, so two of the tougher North games against the Ducks and Washington are at home, but the Cardinal have to go to Washington State.
As if dealing with the defending Big Ten West champs (Northwestern), and UCF in Orlando, isn’t hard enough, Stanford closes out the season against Notre Dame.
California gets to start the season against UC Davis, but North Texas will be dangerous, and going to Ole Miss won’t be easy.
By missing Arizona and Colorado from the South, the Bears don’t play two of the league’s teams that didn’t go bowling. But the big problem is the conference road slate.
At Washington, at Oregon, at Utah, at Stanford, and closing out at UCLA. That, along with the home games against Washington State and USC, and that date at Ole Miss, makes this one rough ride for Justin Wilcox’s club.
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