The Southern Division rivals will face off in Week 6. Arizona State will travel to Arizona to play in the Territorial Cup on Friday, December 11 and the Rumble in the Rockies between Utah and Colorado in Boulder will also take place today. -the. UCLA will host USC as it takes on the Victory Bell on Saturday, December 12.
While the rivalries remain intact, the atmosphere will be different this season as no fans will be allowed to participate in matches on the Pac-12 campuses.
Each Pac-12 team will face all five of their division’s opponents, plus a divisional crossover, prior to the conference championship game.
Preseason favorite Oregon faces UCLA at home in their crossover game on Friday, November 20. The other crossover matches are Arizona to Washington, California, Arizona State, Colorado to Stanford, Oregon State to Utah and USC.
“Our guys are ready to roll; we went, ”Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said on Saturday morning at College GameDay. “We watched everyone play ball now it’s our turn. ”
The conference championship game will take place on Friday, December 18. Teams that do not qualify for the title game will play an additional conference game against a team from the opposing division on the same weekend.
Pac-12 teams will still be eligible for inclusion in the college football playoffs, although the conference will play the fewest scheduled games among the Power 5 conferences. The Pac-12 title game is expected to be played on just two days. before the PSC selection day, December 20, when the 13-member selection committee will choose the top four teams in the country.
In early August, the Pac-12 postponed all fall sports to at least January 1 due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, citing the need for rapid testing as a requirement to return safely. A deal to use an FDA-approved rapid antigen test manufactured in early September gave the conference’s medical advisory committee the confidence it was looking for to proceed safely to a season.
Government restrictions on the practice, which took into account the Pac-12’s decision to delay, have also been relaxed in recent weeks. Earlier this week, the state of California changed its interim guidelines for varsity sports to allow varsity teams to train in groups of 75 outdoors. The previous limit was 12.
This change still required local government approval, which was quickly granted for California, UCLA, and UCLA. Stanford is still waiting for Santa Clara County to approve its return-to-play plan, which is expected to come ahead of Cardinal’s open training camp.
ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura contributed to this report.