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2009 Pac 10 Schedule Breakdown
USC WR Damian Williams
USC WR Damian Williams
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 9, 2009


None of the BCS leagues play the non-conference schedules the Pac 10ers do, while everyone in conference play gets to play everyone else. While USC, led by Damian Williams, will still be the preseason favorite, it'll be a tough season because of the schedule. Check out the analysis and breakdown for each Pac 10 team's slate.

2009 Pac 10 Team Schedule 

- 2009 Pac 10 Composite Schedule & Top Games

Arizona | Arizona StCalifornia | Oregon | Oregon St
Stanford | UCLA | USC | Washington | Washington St

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

1. USC
2. Arizona
3. Washington St
4. Oregon State
5. California
6. Oregon
7. UCLA
8. Washington
9. Arizona State
10. Stanford

 

Arizona Wildcats

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 8-4
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 7-5

Non-Conference Schedule: Central Michigan, Northern Arizona, at Iowa
Summary: The non-conference schedule builds to a big day at Iowa that could set the tone for the season, but the opener against Dan LeFevour and Central Michigan will be tricky. The trip to Iowa City begins a run of three straight road games with the first two Pac 10 games at Oregon State and Washington, but at least there's a week off between the two conference games. While there's a nice three game home stretch against Stanford, UCLA and Washington State, three teams that didn't go bowling last year, the payback comes in the end with three road games in the final four against most of the big boys. Closing out at Cal, Oregon, at Arizona State and at USC means the first half of the season has to be strong.

Sept. 5 Central Michigan
Sept. 12 Northern Arizona
Sept. 19 at Iowa
Sept. 26 at Oregon State
Oct. 3 OPEN DATE
Oct. 10 at Washington
Oct. 17 Stanford
Oct. 24 UCLA
Oct. 31 OPEN DATE
Nov. 7 Washington State
Nov. 14 at California
Nov. 21 Oregon
Nov. 28 at Arizona State
Dec. 5 at USC


Arizona State Sun Devils

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 8-4

Non-Conference Schedule: Idaho State, UL Monroe, at Georgia
Summary: The season starts out nice and easy with Idaho State, a week off and UL Monroe, but the layups are forgivable with a trip to Georgia for the last game in September. ASU gets a nice break with four conference road games with only one of them, at Oregon, against a team that went to a bowl. There's only one two-week road trip going to Oregon and UCLA in mid-November. Before the trip to Eugene there are big home games against Cal and USC which will likely make-or-break the Pac 10 season. Getting Oregon State at home in the Pac 10 opener isn't bad.

Sept. 5 Idaho State
Sept. 12 OPEN DATE
Sept. 19 UL Monroe
Sept. 26 at Georgia
Oct. 3 Oregon State
Oct. 10  at Washington State
Oct. 17 Washington
Oct. 24 at Stanford
Oct. 31 California
Nov. 7 USC
Nov. 14 at Oregon
Nov. 21 at UCLA
Nov. 28 Arizona


California Golden Bears

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 6-6
Realistic record: 9-3

Non-Conference Schedule: Maryland, Eastern Michigan, at Minnesota
Summary: The Bears will no exactly where they'll stand on a national and conference scale by October 3rd. They start out with two tough non-conference games against Maryland and at Minnesota in the new ballpark, but both are winnable. However, the game in TCF Bank Stadium starts a stretch of three road games in four including trips to Oregon and UCLA, but it's the sandwiched in home game against USC that'll get the spotlight. After the battle with the Trojans, five of the last seven games are against teams that didn't go bowling last year with Oregon State and Arizona each coming to Berkeley. On the down side, there are six road games including five in conference play. However, one of them is down the road at Stanford.

Sept. 5 Maryland
Sept. 12 Eastern Michigan
Sept. 19 at Minnesota
Sept. 26 at Oregon
Oct. 3 USC
Oct. 10 OPEN DATE
Oct. 17 at UCLA
Oct. 24 Washington State
Oct. 31 at Arizona State
Nov. 7 Oregon State
Nov. 14 Arizona
Nov. 21 at Stanford
Nov. 28 OPEN DATE
Dec. 5 at Washington


Oregon Ducks

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 11-1
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 9-3

Non-Conference Schedule: G
Summary: The non-conference schedule is as interesting as any played by a major BCS contender playing the two teams, Boise State and Utah, that went unbeaten before the bowl season while Purdue, who came within a missed field goal of winning last year's matchup in West Lafayette, comes to Eugene. The game against the Broncos is on the blue field in Boise and will be a statement game, one way or another, for the Broncos. After the season opener there are four straight home games including the Pac 10 opener against California. And then the league slate gets rocky with three road games in four weeks with the one home game against USC. However, all three of those road trips are against teams that didn't go to a bowl game last year. Two of the last three games are at home with a week off before hosting Oregon in the Civil War.

Sept. 3 at Boise State
Sept. 12 Purdue
Sept. 19 Utah
Sept. 26 California
Oct. 3 Washington State
Oct. 10 at UCLA
Oct. 17 OPEN DATE
Oct. 24 at Washington
Oct. 31 USC
Nov. 7 at Stanford
Nov. 14 Arizona State
Nov. 21 at Arizona
Nov. 28 OPEN DATE
Dec. 3 Oregon State


Oregon State Beavers

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 8-4

Non-Conference Schedule: Portland State, at UNLV, Cincinnati
Summary: The early non-conference game against UNLV and its spread offense won't be easy, while the Beavers have to hope Cincinnati, a rebuilding defending Big East champion, isn't quite back to form. There might be five Pac 10 road games, but four of the first six games are at home including the conference opener against Arizona. Unfortunately, the three biggest games on the Pac 10 docket, USC, Cal, and Oregon, along with the early game against Arizona State, are all on the road. While that means Stanford, UCLA, and Washington, who all stayed home for the bowl season, come to Corvallis and should mean wins, playing three of the last four games on the road, including the Civil War against Oregon, won't be easy.

Sept. 5 Portland State
Sept. 12 at UNLV
Sept. 19 Cincinnati
Sept. 26 Arizona
Oct. 3 at Arizona State
Oct. 10 Stanford
Oct. 17 OPEN DATE
Oct. 24 at USC
Oct. 31 UCLA
Nov. 7 at California
Nov. 14 Washington
Nov. 21 at Washington State
Nov. 28 OPEN DATE
Dec. 3 at Oregon


Stanford Cardinal

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 8-4
Barring total disaster worst case record: 4-8
Realistic record: 6-6

Non-Conference Schedule: at Wake Forest, San Jose State, Notre Dame
Summary: The Cardinal starts off the year with a key Pac 10 game at Washington State. Considering how bad the Cougars were last year, and with a date at Wake Forest to follow, Stanford can't drop the game in Pullman. While playing the Demon Deacons will be tough, seven of the final ten games are at home including four of the final five. Despite what Jim Harbaugh might believe, and even with what happened two years ago, the USC game will almost certainly be a loss so that might as well be on the road. Getting Oregon and Cal at home is a plus, while facing Notre Dame on The Farm will be an interesting way to close out the regular season.

Sept. 5 at Washington State
Sept. 12 at Wake Forest
Sept. 19 San Jose State
Sept. 26 Washington
Oct. 3 UCLA
Oct. 10 at Oregon State
Oct. 17 at Arizona
Oct. 24 Arizona State
Oct. 31 OPEN DATE
Nov. 7 Oregon
Nov. 14 at USC
Nov. 21 California
Nov. 28 Notre Dame


UCLA Bruins

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 8-4
Barring total disaster worst case record: 4-8
Realistic record: 7-5

Non-Conference Schedule: San Diego State, at Tennessee, Kansas State
Summary: The three non-conference games are against teams with new head coaches, if that counts Bill Snyder returning to Kansas State, and there will be storylines aplenty against Lane Kiffin and Tennessee. There's a week off after facing the Wildcats before going on the road for the Pac 10 opener at Stanford. Oregon and Cal come to Los Angeles in back-to back October weeks, and those might need to be must wins with four road games in the final six. Going to Arizona and Oregon State to close out October won't be easy, but at least there's a relative breather of a stretch against Washington and at Washington State before a tough finishing kick. Arizona State will be the warm-up for the drive down the road against USC to close out the regular season.

Sept. 5 San Diego State
Sept. 12 at Tennessee
Sept. 19 Kansas State
Sept. 26 OPEN DATE
Oct. 3 at Stanford
Oct. 10 Oregon
Oct. 17 California
Oct. 24 at Arizona
Oct. 31 at Oregon State
Nov. 7 Washington
Nov. 14 at Washington State
Nov. 21 Arizona State
Nov. 28 at USC


USC Trojans

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 12-0
Barring total disaster worst case record: 8-4
Realistic record: 11-1

Non-Conference Schedule: San Jose State, at Ohio State, at Notre Dame
Summary: USC starts out the season facing Dick Tomey's tough San Jose State defense, and then it's game on from there on out. The national title chase can be kick-started, or dealt a nasty blow, in the non-conference game of the year at Ohio State. There are four road games in the next five and six of the next eight including games at Cal, Notre Dame, Oregon and Arizona State. One of the home games will be against Oregon State in a revenge game, but the Trojans might not be fully jacked up after dealing with the Bears and Irish. USC will have to keep its focus through the brutal stretch, and if it can do it, there's a nice reward in the end with three home games against Stanford, UCLA, and Arizona. Strangely enough, the regular season won't end against the Bruins.

Sept. 5 San Jose State
Sept. 12 at Ohio State
Sept. 19 at Washington
Sept. 26 Washington State
Oct. 3 at California
Oct. 10 OPEN DATE
Oct. 17 at Notre Dame
Oct. 24 Oregon State
Oct. 31 at Oregon
Nov. 7 at Arizona State
Nov. 14 Stanford
Nov. 21 OPEN DATE
Nov. 28 UCLA
Dec. 5 Arizona


Washington Huskies

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 7-5
Barring total disaster worst case record: 2-10
Realistic record: 4-8

Non-Conference Schedule: LSU, Idaho, at Notre Dame
Summary: The Steve Sarkisian era doesn't exactly start out slowly playing LSU and USC in the first three games, but both games are at home, for what that's worth for the rebuilding program. And it doesn't get too much easier with three road games in the next four and five in the next seven. However, three of the five are against teams that didn't go bowling last year. Even so, that puts the Dawgs in the ugly position of having to likely beat Arizona and Oregon to have any prayer of going to a bowl. The Apple Cup will be in Seattle, but that doesn't end the regular season like normal with Cal coming to town to close things out.

Sept. 5 LSU
Sept. 12 Idaho
Sept. 19 USC
Sept. 26 at Stanford
Oct. 3 at Notre Dame
Oct. 10 Arizona
Oct. 17 at Arizona State
Oct. 24 Oregon
Oct. 31 OPEN DATE
Nov. 7 at UCLA
Nov. 14 at Oregon State
Nov. 21 OPEN DATE
Nov. 28 Washington State
Dec. 5 California


Washington State Cougars

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 7-5
Barring total disaster worst case record: 2-10
Realistic record: 3-9

Non-Conference Schedule: Hawaii, SMU, Notre Dame
Summary: The Cougars can turn the corner in a big hurry and put last year in the past with a win in the opener, and Pac 10 opener, against Stanford. Hawaii isn't the same team away from home and SMU is very beatable giving Wazzu a shot, if everything goes well, for a 3-0 start. And then the hammer drops with two straight road games against USC and Oregon, and three in the next four with a trip to Cal being the other. Counting a neutral site game against Notre Dame in San Antonio, the Cougars will be home just once from September 19th to November 14th ... roughly two months. UCLA and Oregon State are November home games, but the regular season ends with an Apple Cup date at Washington.

Sept. 5 Stanford
Sept. 12 Hawaii
Sept. 19 SMU
Sept. 26 at USC
Oct. 3 at Oregon
Oct. 10 Arizona State
Oct. 17 OPEN DATE
Oct. 24 at California
Oct. 31 Notre Dame (in San Antonio)
Nov. 7 at Arizona
Nov. 14 UCLA
Nov. 21 Oregon State
Nov. 28 at Washington