2013 Pac-12 Schedule Breakdown
Stanford QB Kevin Hogan
Stanford QB Kevin Hogan
Posted Feb 13, 2013

Breakdowns, analysis and predictions for all the Pac-12 schedules.

2013 Schedules

Pac-12 North

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

- 2013 Pac-12 South Schedule Analysis
- 2013 Pac-12 Composite Schedule Analysis

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Toughest Schedules
Based on home games as well as who the teams play. when. From toughest to easiest ...

1. Stanford
2. California
3. Oregon
4. Washington
5. Washington State
6. Oregon State

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

Non-Conference Games: Northwestern, Portland State, Ohio State
Games Against The South: Arizona, at Colorado, at UCLA, USC
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 3-9
Likely Finish: 5-7

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Portland State, Washington State, Oregon State, Arizona, at Colorado

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: Northwestern, Ohio State, at Oregon, at UCLA, at Washington, USC, at Stanford

Summary: It's probably going to take an upset or three to get to six wins, and with nine games against teams that went bowling last season, it's not going to be easy. The Sonny Dykes era starts out with a bang with Northwestern and Ohio State coming to Berkeley in the first three weeks, and with Portland State in between, going 2-1 is a must before getting a week off to prepare for a road trip to Oregon. There aren't many breaks in the Pac-12 schedule outside of getting Colorado from the South. Arizona, UCLA and USC are the three other interdivisional games, and the toughest North games – Oregon, Stanford and Washington – are all on the road.

The only slight breather is at home against Washington State, but that's sandwiched in between the road games at Oregon and UCLA. Taking advantage of home games against Oregon State and Arizona is a must, and any reasonable hope of going bowling is gone without a win at Colorado.

2013 Schedule
8/31 Northwestern
9/7 Portland State
9/14 Ohio State
9/28 at Oregon
10/5 Washington State
10/12 at UCLA
10/19 Oregon State
10/26 at Washington
11/2 Arizona
11/9 USC
11/16 at Colorado
11/23 at Stanford


Non-Conference Games: Nicholls State, at Virginia, Tennessee
Games Against The South: at Arizona, at Colorado, UCLA, Utah
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Worst Case Record: 8-4
Likely Finish: 11-1

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Nicholls State, at Virginia, Tennessee, California, at Colorado, Washington State, UCLA, at Stanford, Utah, at Arizona, Oregon State

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Washington

Summary: There are just enough high-profile games to give the Ducks plenty of national recognition, but there isn't one game that stands out as a sure-thing loss. If Mark Helfrich can keep the momentum from the Chip Kelly era going, there shouldn't be any problems with the non-conference schedule that starts out with Nicholls State as a light scrimmage before going to Virginia and hosting Tennessee. If Oregon really is national title-good, it should roll through those two games by double-digits.

The Pac-12 slate couldn't start out much easier with three of the first four games against teams that didn't go bowling, and helped by getting Utah from the South in November. California, at Colorado and Washington State need to be layups, but going to Washington could be the biggest landmine to sidestep. UCLA will probably be the best team on the schedule, but that's in Eugene, and there's a week off before going to Stanford. The Civil War against Oregon State is at home, but that's coming off a dangerous road trip to Arizona.

2013 Schedule
8/31 Nicholls State
9/7 at Nevada
9/14 Tennessee
9/28 California
10/5 at Colorado
10/12 at Washington
10/19 Washington State
10/26 UCLA
11/7 at Stanford
11/16 Utah
11/23 at Arizona
11/29 Oregon State

Oregon State

Non-Conference Games: Eastern Washington, Hawaii, at San Diego State
Games Against The South: at Arizona State, Colorado, USC, at Utah
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 8-4

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Eastern Washington, Hawaii, at Utah, at San Diego State, Colorado, at Washington State, Stanford, Washington

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at California, USC, at Arizona State, at Oregon

Summary: Beaver fans should expect nothing less than a 7-0 start. Eastern Washington might be potent, but it's Eastern Washington. Hawaii is still trying to figure out what it's doing, and road trips to Utah and San Diego State have to be wins if the team is planning on taking any sort of a step forward. With Colorado at home and a week off to get ready for road trips to Washington State and Cal, that means six of the first seven games are against teams that didn't go bowling last year.

Getting at least a split of home games against Stanford and USC will be vital to have any hope of staying in the Pac-12 North chase. There isn't a true break over the final six weeks, but there's a wonderfully placed bye week in early November to get ready for a trip to Arizona State followed up by Washington and the Civil War regular season finale at Oregon.

2013 Schedule
8/31 Eastern Washington
9/7 Hawaii
9/14 at Utah
9/21 at San Diego State
9/28 Colorado
10/12 at Washington State
10/19 at California
10/26 Stanford
11/1 USC
11/16 at Arizona State
11/23 Washington
11/29 at Oregon


Non-Conference Games: San Jose State, at Army, Notre Dame
Games Against The South: Arizona State, UCLA, at USC, at Utah
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 8-4

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: San Jose State, at Army, Arizona State, at Washington State, Washington, at Utah, UCLA, California

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Oregon State, Oregon, at USC, Notre Dame

Summary: San Jose State isn't a pushover – the Cardinal found that out to open up the 2012 season – but a 2-0 start is likely with a trip to Army to follow. The Pac-12 schedule starts up with a good test hosting Arizona State, and things aren't that bad over the first half of the season going on the road to play winnable games against Washington State and Utah wrapped around a home game against Washington. Beat the Huskies and get by UCLA at home in a Pac-12 championship rematch, and Stanford should be 7-0 before going to Oregon State.

The second half of the season is a bear starting with the trip to Corvallis. There's a week off to rest up and get ready for the back-to-back showdowns hosting Oregon and going to USC. The Cal game is the one break, but that's always an emotional rivalry, and then comes what should be another epic battle against Notre Dame.

2013 Schedule
9/7 San Jose State
9/14 at Army
9/21 Arizona State
9/28 at Washington State
10/5 Washington
10/12 at Utah
10/19 UCLA
10/26 at Oregon State
11/7 Oregon
11/16 at USC
11/23 California
11/30 Notre Dame


Non-Conference Games: Boise State, at Illinois, Idaho State
Games Against The South: Arizona, at Arizona State, Colorado at UCLA
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 8-4

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Boise State, at Illinois, Idaho State, Arizona, Oregon, California, Colorado, Washington State

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Stanford, at Arizona State, at UCLA, at Oregon State

Summary: The Huskies have a good enough team returning to beat anyone on the schedule, but they're going to be tested from start to finish with Boise State coming into Seattle to kick things off and a trip to Illinois potentially tougher than it might seem. Fortunately, there's a week off before the game against the Illini and there's a week off against Idaho State before starting the Pac-12 season with Arizona from the South. Missing USC is always nice and getting Colorado is a break, but having to play Arizona State and UCLA on the road is a bad interdivisional break.

The conference fates could be determined by mid-October with a trip to Stanford and a home game against Oregon sandwiched in between the games against the Arizona schools. There's a good midseason break with California, a week off, and Colorado before having to go on the road to face UCLA and Oregon State. As last year proved, the Apple Cup against Washington State to close out the regular season is never a layup.

2013 Schedule
8/31 Boise State
9/14 at Illinois
9/21 Idaho State
9/28 Arizona
10/5 at Stanford
10/12 Oregon
10/19 at Arizona State
10/26 California
11/9 Colorado
11/15 at UCLA
11/23 at Oregon State
11/29 Washington State

Washington State

Non-Conference Games: at Auburn, Southern Utah, Idaho
Games Against The South: at Arizona, Arizona State, at USC, Utah
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Worst Case Record: 2-10
Likely Finish: 3-9

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Southern Utah, Idaho, Utah

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Auburn, at USC, Stanford, at California, Oregon State, at Oregon, Arizona State, at Arizona, at Washington

Summary: The Cougars have to be far better and need to come up with several upsets to have a decent year. Starting out on the road at Auburn and USC won't help, but coming back to Pullman to finish out the non-conference slate against Southern Utah and Idaho should provide a decent base of wins going forward. However, the meat of the North schedule kicks in with Stanford, a trip to Cal, Oregon State and a road game against Oregon as part of a seven-game run before finally getting a break.

Unfortunately, the week off in late October is followed up by a date with Arizona State and another week off – it would be nice to have had a bye week in late September. Missing Colorado from the South is a bad deal, but the Cougars get Utah as the final home game of the season in between road games against Arizona and Washington.

2013 Schedule
8/31 at Auburn
9/7 at USC
9/14 Southern Utah
9/21 Idaho
9/28 Stanford
10/5 at California
10/12 Oregon State
10/19 at Oregon
10/31 Arizona State
11/16 at Arizona
11/23 Utah
11/29 at Washington
- 2013 Pac-12 South Schedule Analysis
- 2013 Pac-12 Composite Schedule Analysis