Originally written on Crystal Ball Run  |  Last updated 11/13/14

We have not yet bid adieu to the 2011 college football season and being forward-thinking as we are, though, the time has arrived to gaze into our crystal ball.

Today, with the Pac-12 releasing their 2012 football schedule we present you with what, in our option, will be the top-10 Pac-12 games to come.

Arkansas State at Oregon – Sept. 1 (Honorable mention)

Can Guz Malzahn make a splash in his first game at Arkansas State? Defeating Oregon would suffice.

Washington State at BYU – Sept. 1 (Honorable mention)

The Triumphant return of Mike Leach.


Notre Dame at USC – Nov. 24 (Honorable Mention)


Assuming Notre Dame continues to improve and USC is at – or near – the top of the rankings on Nov. 24th, this is a game everyone will want to watch.

Washington at LSU – Sept. 8 (Honorable mention)

Considering LSU may be the defending national champions, this game gets an out-of-conference mention.

California at Ohio State – Sept. 15 (Honorable Mention)

The theme of new coaches inside the Pac-12 will be a storyline in this game as well; Urban Meyer with his first out-of-conference test.

No. 10: Oregon at Arizona State – Oct. 18

Let’s get real: The only folks who will be openly pulling for an Arizona State win will be Oregon State and Arizona State fan; otherwise, most College Football fans will hope for a thrashing of Todd Graham.

No. 9 Washington State at Arizona State – Nov. 17

Leach versus Graham: perceived good versus perceived evil.

No. 8 Arizona State at Arizona – Nov. 23

Two new coaches; Rich Rod versus Todd Graham -- in-state rivals; this one could see sparks.

No. 7 Oregon at California – Nov. 10

California, a mostly young squad, will hope to exact some revenge on its 43-15 demolishing at the hands of Oregon.

No. 6 California at USC – Sept. 22

2011 was the year of RGIII and Luck; 2012 will be the year of Barkley. Don’t miss any of, what could be, a Heisman-run for Barkley, while USC goes on the Crystal Ball Run.

No. 5 Washington at Washington State – Nov. 23

Maybe I am partial, who knows; one thing I do know is that Mike Leach has pieces in Wazzou that could, potentially, make it’s offense very exciting, very soon. Rivalry games, too, are always fun.

No. 4 Oregon at Washington State – Sept. 29

I am interested to see what stratagem Mike Leach concocts against the Oregon defense; this game could give us a lot of points and not a great deal of defense.

No. 3 Stanford at Oregon – Nov. 17

The Luck-less-Cardinal versus an, again, loaded Ducks squad; to me, this game will be the ultimate test to see how well Stanford has been able to reload; I think it will be. [Assuming, of course, the Cardinal has not been toppled by then]

No. 2 Pac-12 Football Championship Game – Nov. 30

Following the putrid UCLA Bruins falling ass-backwards into the Pac-12 Championship in 2011, this game cannot get here – to set the game straight – soon enough.

No. 1 Oregon at USC – Nov. 3

This game, essentially, is for the Pac-12 Championship; both teams will be top-notched, and potentially could be a Top-5 matchup.



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