2011 Pac 12 South Schedule Breakdown
Colorado RB Rodney Stewart
Colorado RB Rodney Stewart
Posted Feb 10, 2011

Now that the Pac 10 has become the Pac 12, the conference has become a much bigger deal, far more competitive, and it should take a huge step forward in national prestige. So how does the new divisional alignment affect the schedules? Can Colorado make an immediate splash in its new league, or is its slate too nasty? Check out the analysis and breakdown for all the teams in the Pac 12 South.

2011 Pac 12 South Schedule

North California | Oregon | Oregon St | Stanford | Washington | Washington State
South Arizona | Arizona St | Colorado | UCLA | USC | Utah

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Toughest Schedules
Based on home games as well as who the teams play. when.

1. Colorado
2. Arizona
3. Arizona State
5. USC
6. Utah

Non-Conference Games: Louisiana-Lafayette, Northern Arizona, at Oklahoma State
Games Against the North: Oregon, at Oregon State, Stanford, at Washington
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 8-4

Summary: A schedule is half empty thinker looks at the first half of the slate and freaks out that the storylines going into mid-October will center around who the next head coach will be. A schedule is half full optimist looks at the first six weeks and hopes beyond reasonable hope that if the Wildcats roll, really, really big things will come. Starting out with Northern Arizona isn't just forgivable, it's a must with a trip to Oklahoma State and its high-octane offense to follow before kicking off the Pac 12 slate with Stanford, Oregon and a trip to USC. Fortunately, the battles with the Cardinal and Ducks are at home, but it's not all that fair that the Cats have to play the two BCS bowl teams of last year. The second half of the season doesn't exactly ease up only because of a stretch of three road games in four weeks going to Washington, Colorado, and Arizona State wrapped around a date with Utah. With this schedule, the team deserves to close out with a cupcake like Louisiana-Lafayette.
Sep. 3 Northern Arizona
Sep. 10 at Oklahoma State
Sep. 17 Stanford
Sep. 24 Oregon
Oct. 1 at USC
Oct. 8 at Oregon State
Oct. 20 UCLA
Oct. 29 at Washington
Nov. 5 Utah
Nov. 12 at Colorado
Nov. 19 at Arizona State
Nov. 26 Louisiana-Lafayette

Arizona State

Non-Conference Games: at Illinois, Missouri, UC Davis
Games Against the North: California, at Oregon, Oregon State, at Washington State
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 8-4

Summary: The Sun Devils could be the sneaky-good team of 2011 with so much returning talent and experience, but they'll be tested immediately. Coming off the opener against UC Davis, ASU has national statement games against Missouri and at Illinois that could show just how for real the team is. No matter what happens in the non-conference games, being ready to hit the Pac 12 ground running is a must with USC in the opener and a home game against Oregon State to follow. Four of the next five conference games are on the road, so 2-0 in conference play is vital to have any hope of being in the South race. Not only is the mid-section of the season a bear because of the road games, but it's made worse by back-to-back trips to Utah and Oregon before getting a desperately needed week off. On the plus side, the year closes out with an easy road date at Washington State before getting Arizona and Cal at home.
Sep. 1 UC Davis
Sep. 10 Missouri
Sep. 17 at Illinois
Sep. 24 USC
Oct. 1 Oregon State
Oct. 8 at Utah
Oct. 15 at Oregon
Oct. 29 Colorado
Nov. 5 at UCLA
Nov. 12 at Washington State
Nov. 19 Arizona
Nov. 26 California


Non-Conference Games: Colorado State, at Hawaii, at Ohio State
Games Against the North: Oregon, at Stanford, at Washington, Washington State
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-4
Worst Case Record: 5-8
Likely Finish: 7-6

Summary: Because Colorado wasn't extending itself enough with a move to the Pac 12, it had to put together a bear of non-conference schedule. Going to Hawaii to start the season is no way to ease into the year, having to deal with the high-octane Warrior air show on its own turf, and the Colorado State rivalry game is almost always a war. Oh yeah, and then there's that little trip to Ohio State to deal with before diving into Pac 12 play. On the plus side, that's one of the games that Terrelle Pryor and four other Buckeyes will be suspended for, and it's an even bigger bonus that the first game in the school's Pac 12 history is at home against Washington State. That's about as important a must win as they come with, arguably, the nastiest five-game stretch that anyone in college football has to deal with starting out with road trips to Stanford and Washington, a home "oasis" against Oregon, a date at Arizona State, and a home game against USC. If that wasn't enough, the Buffs have to close out on the road at UCLA and Utah.
Sep. 3 at Hawaii
Sep. 10 TBA
Sep. 17 Colorado State (in Denver)
Sep. 24 at Ohio State
Oct. 1 Washington State
Oct. 8 at Stanford
Oct. 15 at Washington
Oct. 22 Oregon
Oct. 29 at Arizona State
Nov. 5 USC
Nov. 12 Arizona
Nov. 19 at UCLA
Nov. 26 at Utah


Non-Conference Games: at Houston, San Jose State, Texas
Games Against the North: California, at Oregon State, at Stanford, Washington State
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 7-5

Summary: It's do or die time for the Rick Neuheisel era, and he'll have some big early dates that could define the season and the direction of UCLA football. Starting out against a dangerous Houston team on the road is hardly a layup, and while facing San Jose State should allow the team to work the kinks out, everything has to be in place with a motivated and revenge-minded Texas team coming to Pasadena. Missing Oregon from the North is a mega-break, and not playing Washington could be a plus, but going to Oregon State and Stanford to kickoff Pac 12 play isn't going to be easy. A run of three home games in four weeks in the second half of the season isn't bad, but the road game is at Utah. If the season wasn't going to be full with enough drama, it closes out with a trip down the freeway to USC.
Sep. 3 at Houston
Sep. 10 San Jose State
Sep. 17 Texas
Sep. 24 at Oregon State
Oct. 1 at Stanford
Oct. 8 Washington State
Oct. 20 at Arizona
Oct. 29 California
Nov. 5 Arizona State
Nov. 12 at Utah
Nov. 19 Colorado
Nov. 26 at USC


Non-Conference Games: Minnesota, at Notre Dame, Syracuse
Games Against the North: at California, at Oregon, Stanford, Washington
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Worst Case Record: 7-5
Likely Finish: 9-3

Summary: Lane Kiffin's second season should get off to an interesting start with home dates against Minnesota and Syracuse wrapped around the Pac 12 opener against Utah. With four home games in the first five weeks, getting hot right away is a must. The problem is that the Trojans have to face the four best teams from the North with the Oregon game in Autzen Stadium, and they have a run of four road games in six weeks over the second half of the year. The Stanford and Washington dates are in L.A., and there's a week off before going up to Cal. However, the game against the Bears starts out a run of three road games in four dates with a trip to Notre Dame coming up before the showdown against the Cardinal. The UCLA game is at home, but that comes after going up to Oregon.
Sep. 3 Minnesota
Sep. 10 Utah
Sep. 17 Syracuse
Sep. 24 at Arizona State
Oct. 1 Arizona
Oct. 13 at California
Oct. 22 at Notre Dame
Oct. 29 Stanford
Nov. 5 at Colorado
Nov. 12 Washington
Nov. 19 at Oregon
Nov. 26 UCLA


Non-Conference Games: at BYU, Montana State, at Pitt
Games Against the North: at California, Oregon State, Washington, at Washington State
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 9-3

Summary: Can Utah make a huge splash in its first year in a big-time league? There's still the tie to the old roots with the key early game at BYU, but unlike normal years, the nasty rivalry date is in mid-September instead of the end of the year. While the game will still mean everything to both sides, considering the Utes kick off Pac 12 play the week before at USC, the Holy War will probably lose its luster for Utah. With two home games in a row following an off week, the Utes have to be ready for a run of three road games in four weeks and four in six weeks. Fortunately, there's no Oregon on the slate and missing Stanford from the North is a plus. While the USC game is on the road, and going to Arizona will be a battle, getting UCLA and Colorado in Salt Lake City in November should help the bowl position.
Sep. 1 Montana State
Sep. 10 at USC
Sep. 17 at BYU
Oct. 1 Washington
Oct. 8 Arizona State
Oct. 15 at Pitt
Oct. 22 at California
Oct. 29 Oregon State
Nov. 5 at Arizona
Nov. 12 UCLA
Nov. 19 at Washington State
Nov. 26 Colorado