2. Who misses the big boys from the other division?
A nine-game conference schedule is great, but for a 12-team league – unlike the Big 12 with its ten teams – it’s a really, really big deal if you don’t have to play one of the stars from the other division. Each Pac-12 team only misses two of the other 11 teams.
To cut to the chase … who doesn’t have to play Oregon?
In a strange quirk, there won’t be a repeat of last year’s Pac-12 Championship. Utah isn’t on the Oregon schedule, and UCLA doesn’t have to deal, either.
The Bruins are the winners of all winners here. It might have a weird thing happening with his open dates and when it plays rested teams, but it misses Washington along with Oregon.
Cal catches the worst of all the conference breaks as the only team that misses two Pac-12 teams – Arizona and Colorado – that didn’t go bowling last season.
USC gets a raw deal, too. If you could pick two teams from the North you don’t want to miss, it would be Oregon State and Washington State. To make matters worse, the date with Oregon is in Eugene.
From the North, Stanford missing defending South champ Utah – along with Arizona State – isn’t a bad deal.
It’s not just about who you play from the other division, but where and when …