Breaking down the Arizona Wildcats’ 2011 football scheduleby Anthony Gimino on Nov. 05, 2010, under Sports
The Pac-10 announced next season’s Pac-12 football schedule this morning, and in an unbalanced schedule, you’re never going to get everything you want.
That’s certainly true for the Arizona Wildcats.
Bad news: Arizona does not play Washington State, the worst team in the league.
Good news: Arizona plays newcomer Utah in Tucson on Nov. 5. The Utes have been extremely tough at home, so getting them in Arizona Stadium is a plus.
Could-go-either-way news: Arizona also will not play Cal. The Cats will play only one Bay Area team every year. From this distance, you would rather miss Stanford than Cal, but if Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck leaves for the NFL, perhaps it’s not a huge deal.
Bad news: Arizona’s first three Pac-10 games are against Stanford, Oregon and USC. Before that comes a non-conference game against Oklahoma State, which is currently 7-1 and could have a dynamite passing game (QB Brandon Weeden, WR Justin Blackmon) returning next season.
Good news: UCLA is in Tucson on a Thursday night, which means more ESPN exposure.
Icky news: The regular season ends with a home game on Nov. 26 against Louisiana-Lafayette?
Here is Arizona’s 2011 schedule. Save the dates:
Sat., Sept. 3 — Northern Arizona at Arizona
Sat., Sept. 10 — Arizona at Oklahoma State
Sat., Sept. 17 — Stanford at Arizona
Sat., Sept. 24 — Oregon at Arizona
Sat., Oct. 1 — Arizona at USC
Sat., Oct. 8 — Arizona at Oregon State
Thurs., Oct. 20 — UCLA at Arizona
Sat., Oct. 29 — Arizona at Washington
Sat., Nov. 5 — Utah at Arizona
Sat., Nov. 12 — Arizona at Colorado
Sat., Nov. 19 — Arizona at Arizona State
Sat., Nov. 26 — Louisiana-Lafayette at Arizona
Sat., Dec. 3 — Pac-12 Championship Game
Arizona will play the five other members of the Pac-12 South each year — Arizona State, USC, UCLA, Colorado and Utah. The Wildcats will play four members of the Pac-12 North each year — either Stanford or Cal, and three games against the quartet of Oregon and Washington schools.
The Pac-12 is using an eight-year rotating schedule for cross-divisional games. Here is what it means for Arizona:
In 2011 and 2012, UA won’t play Washington State or Cal.
In 2013 and 2014, Arizona misses Oregon State and Stanford.
In 2015 and 2016, Arizona skips Oregon and Cal.
In 2017 and 2018, the Wildcats won’t play Washington or Stanford.
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