Football to host Illinois, Oregon, UCLA, Utah, Washington State and NAU in 2012
Arizona State University’s football schedule in 2012 will feature home games with Pac-12 Conference opponents Oregon, UCLA, Utah and Washington State and home games with non-conference foes Illinois and Northern Arizona, ASU Vice President for Athletics Lisa Love announced Wednesday.
According to the Pac-12 Conference Office, which released the composite 2012 football schedule today, dates during the first two weeks of the non-conference schedule are still being adjusted to accommodate television commitments, but the remainder of the schedule is set. With the new ESPN and FOX media rights agreement as well as the launch of the Pac-12 Networks in August, every Pac-12 football game will be available to fans on a national clearance, eliminating regional distribution which was prevalent in the prior broadcast arrangements.
The 12-game schedule includes six home games and six road games. Three of the first four Sun Devil games are at Sun Devil Stadium. The Sun Devils have a bye week after five games on October 6. Six of ASU’s 2012 opponents played in bowl games last season.
The Sun Devils will play at least three non-Saturday games in 2012, with a Thursday, October 11 game at Colorado, a Thursday, October 18 home game with Rose Bowl champion Oregon and the annual State Farm Territorial Cup Series game at Arizona on Friday, November 23.
The second Pac-12 Championship game will be played on Friday, November 30 at the home stadium of the team with the best overall conference record, ensuring a full stadium and an electric collegiate atmosphere befitting of a major conference championship game.
The 2012 Sun Devils will open the campaign by hosting Northern Arizona on a date to be determined. Illinois visits Sun Devil Stadium on September 8. ASU’s first road game of the season follows on September 15 at Missouri.
ASU’s first 2012 Pac-12 Conference game will be on September 22 when it plays host to Utah for the first time since the new 12-team league was formed. That will be followed by a road conference game on September 29 with California. After a bye week on October 6, ASU will play two straight Thursday night games – October 11 at Colorado and October 18 hosting Oregon.
After the consecutive Thursday games, the Sun Devils play host to UCLA on October 27.
November begins with consecutive road games – at Oregon State on November 3 and at USC on November 10.
The Sun Devils return to finish the home portion of the 2012 campaign with a November 17 game versus Washington State.
Every Pac-12 team will have two “misses” each year, or teams they do not face. ASU’s misses in 2012 are Stanford and Washington.
The Sun Devil Ticket Office will send out renewal information to last year’s season ticket holders in the coming weeks. The Sun Devil Ticket Sales Team is selling new season tickets for the 2012 football season now. To secure the best possible remaining seats, please contact the Sun Devil Ticket Office at 480-727-0000 and press Option 1. One of the friendly customer service representatives will be happy to assist.