2014 Oregon St., Pac-12 Schedule

Benny will be waving the flag for 7 home games this fall. - (Photo by Andy Wooldridge)

Oregon St. plays 7 home games in 2014, including 5 conference games, as it's the Beavers' turn to host the Civil War. That will be back on a Saturday this season, on Nov. 29, which will cap a run of 4 home games in November in 5 weeks.

Homecoming starts that run, against California on Nov. 1, with visits from Washington St. and Arizona St. to follow, before the last road trip of the season, to Washington on Nov. 22, for the Beavers' first visit to remodeled Husky Stadium. Oregon St. is the only team in the conference to finish with as many as 4 home games in their last 5. It's also the first time since in the 90's that the Beavers will have 3 consecutive home conference games.

The season starts on August 30, with a visit from instate foe Portland St., and the first road trip comes the following weekend, to Hawaii.

The Beavers then have their first bye, on Sept. 13, before hosting San Diego St. Sept. 20.

Oregon St. opens Pac-12 play with back to back road trips, to USC on Sept. 27, and then their first trip for a conference game to Boulder, on Oct. 4 at Colorado. The Beavers are the only team to start conference play with 2 road games.

Oregon St. has Oct. 11 off, and then plays on a Thursday night, Oct. 16, when the Beavers host Utah. It will be the only weeknight game of the season, and yes, it will be during term. Start planning to spend all day AND all night in an ugly traffic mess now.

Other than 3 opening weekend non-conference games, there are only 4 Thursday games this year, and both Oregon and Oregon St. have to host one of them. The other 2 will be in Los Angeles and Tempe, at USC and Arizona St.

Both California and Stanford get to host their in-term weeknight game on Friday nights, and one of those will be miles from campus, when Oregon "visits" California on Fri. Oct. 24, but the game will be played across the bay, at brand new Levi's Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco Santa Clara 49ers.

The upside is Oregon St. will have 9 days to prepare for the trip to Stanford, which will come on Oct. 25.

And no, there will be NO Saturday football at Reser in October. It will be 6 weeks between the San Diego St. and California games.

The other obvious problem with the schedule is that Oregon St. has elected to squander a rare chance to play an 8th. home game, filling one of two open Saturdays with an additional non-conference contest. The Beavers are eligible to play a 13th. game as a result of playing at Hawaii, which USC did last year, and Washington will this season. That extra game was instrumental in the Trojans reaching the 10 win plateau, and could be the key to the Huskies reaching that high water mark as well.

Why the best interests of both the fans and the budget (a 7 figure payday for a home football game seems like it would come in handy for a program that won't send the band to a bowl game, or replace dozens of burned out lights in Gill Coliseum) were disregarded in this manner is at once unexplained and inexcusable.

4 of the 6 rivalry games are on the final weekend, with the Territorial Cup on Friday, and the Apple Cup and the Utah-Colorado game joining the Civil War on Saturday.

Due to the "Notre Dame effect", where the entire state of California has to alter their schedule so that the Irish can play in California on Thanksgiving weekend, this year at USC, the Big Game between Stanford and California and the cross-town game between USC and UCLA will both be played the weekend before Thanksgiving, on Sat. Nov. 22.

For the first time in 3 years, California won't finish their schedule a week earlier than everyone, as the Bears will host BYU on the final Saturday. The Cardinal visit UCLA that day, which means Stanford will play their last home game on Nov. 22.

The Pac-12 Championship game will again be at the home field of the division champion with the best overall record, and will move back to being a Friday night game, and be back on FOX, after being on Saturday this past season, and on ESPN.

Other television details and kickoff times will be announced later.

Here's Oregon St.'s complete schedule:

Aug. 30 Portland St. (non-conference)

Sept. 6 at Hawaii (non-conference)

Sept. 13 Bye

Sept. 20 San Diego St. (non-conference)

Sept. 27 at USC

Oct. 4 at Colorado

Oct. 11 Bye

Oct. 16 (Thursday) Utah

Oct. 25 at Stanford

Nov. 1 California (Homecoming)

Nov. 8 Washington St.

Nov. 15 Arizona St.

Nov. 22 at Washington

Nov. 29 Oregon

Here's the complete Pac-12 Conference schedule:

2014 PAC-12 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Thurs., Aug 28
Weber State at Arizona St.
Idaho State at Utah
Rutgers at Washington State (at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA)

Fri., Aug 29
Colorado vs. Colorado State (at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO)

Sat., Aug 30
UNLV at Arizona
Fresno State at USC
UCLA at Virginia
South Dakota at Oregon
Portland State at Oregon State
Washington at Hawai'i
California at Northwestern
UC Davis at Stanford

Sat., Sept. 6
Arizona at Texas-San Antonio (UTSA)
Arizona State at New Mexico
USC at Stanford
Memphis at UCLA
Colorado at UMass (Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA)
Fresno State at Utah
Michigan State at Oregon
Oregon State at Hawai'i
Eastern Washington at Washington
Washington State at Nevada
Sacramento State at California

Sat., Sept. 13
Nevada at Arizona
Arizona State at Colorado
USC at Boston College
UCLA vs. Texas (AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX)
Wyoming at Oregon
Illinois at Washington
Portland State at Washington State
Army at Stanford

Sat., Sept. 20
California at Arizona
Hawai'i at Colorado
Utah at Michigan
Oregon at Washington State
San Diego State at Oregon State
Georgia State at Washington

Thurs., Sept. 25
UCLA at Arizona State

Sat., Sept. 27
Oregon State at USC
Colorado at California
Washington State at Utah
Stanford at Washington

Thurs., Oct. 2
Arizona at Oregon

Sat., Oct. 4
Arizona State at USC
Utah at UCLA
Oregon State at Colorado
California at Washington State
Stanford at Notre Dame

Fri., Oct. 10
Washington State at Stanford

Sat., Oct. 11
USC at Arizona
Oregon at UCLA
Washington at California

Thurs., Oct. 16
Utah at Oregon State

Sat., Oct. 18
Stanford at Arizona State
Colorado at USC
UCLA at California
Washington at Oregon

Fri., Oct. 24
Oregon at California (at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA)

Sat., Oct. 25
Arizona at Washington State
Arizona State at Washington
USC at Utah
Oregon State at Stanford
UCLA at Colorado

Sat., Nov. 1
Arizona at UCLA
Utah at Arizona State
USC at Washington State
Washington at Colorado
Stanford at Oregon
California at Oregon State

Sat., Nov. 8
Colorado at Arizona
Notre Dame at Arizona State
UCLA at Washington
Oregon at Utah
Washington State at Oregon State

Thurs., Nov. 13
California at USC

Sat., Nov. 15
Washington at Arizona
Arizona State at Oregon State
Utah at Stanford

Sat., Nov. 22
Arizona at Utah
Washington State at Arizona State
USC at UCLA
Colorado At Oregon
Oregon State At Washington
Stanford at California

Fri., Nov. 28
Arizona State at Arizona
Stanford at UCLA

Sat., Nov. 29
Notre Dame at USC
Utah at Colorado
Oregon at Oregon State
Washington at Washington State
BYU at California

Fri., Dec. 5
Pac-12 Football Championship Game (FOX)

For reference, here's the table for the conference schedule rotation, to see who misses who the next 5 years.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com
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