By Jonathan Okanes
As Aug. 15 gets closer and closer, the Pac-12 Networks feels more and more real.
There was a big step in the reality department Thursday with the announcement of the Pac-12 Networks inaugural football schedule through the first four weeks of the 2012 season. The remainder of the schedule will be revealed six or 12 days before each game, but for now there are already 16 contests scheduled to air on the Pac-12 Networks through the first third of the regular season.
By the end of the season, the Pac-12 Networks will air 35 football games. Utah, coming off its first year in the conference, will play in the initial game aired by the networks on Aug. 30 when it hosts Northern Colorado. That will be the first of a Thursday doubleheader, with Arizona State hosting Northern Arizona afterward.
California’s first game at renovated Memorial Stadium will air on the Pac-12 Networks on Saturday, Sept. 1 when the Bears host Nevada. There wil be three games on the networks during the first Saturday of the regular season, with Oregon State also hosting Nicholls State and Washington getting a visit from San Diego State.
The second week of the season will be highlighted by a full schedule, with six games being shown on the networks on Saturday, Sept. 8. Headlining the slate is Arizona’s home game against Oklahoma State.
The Pac-12 Networks will air three more games on Saturday, Sept. 15. Then on Saturday, Sept. 22, USC makes its debut on the networks when it hosts Cal. Additional games may be added to the Pac-12 Networks for that weekend.
For a complete 2012 schedule, including details on the games that have so far been selected for television, click here.
For Pac-12 Networks analyst Rick Neuheisel’s take on the early-season schedule, click here.