Jan. 4, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. -- -
The Pac-12 Conference has released its 2012 football schedule and Stanford will kick off the season with a home game against the San Jose State Spartans on Sept. 1.
The season opener marks the first of three straight home games to start the campaign, as Duke (Sept. 8) and USC (Sept. 15) will make visits to Stanford Stadium in week's following the opener.
Following a bye week on Sept. 22, Stanford will face its first road test of the season on Thursday, Sept. 27, when it travels to Seattle to face the Washington Huskies.
After the Arizona Wildcats visit Stanford Stadium on Oct. 6, the Cardinal will resume its long non-conference rivalry with Notre Dame in South Bend on Oct. 13.
In breaking with tradition, the annual Big Game will be played on Saturday, October 20 in Berkeley, continuing a stretch that will see the Cardinal play five of its last seven games on the road.
"The October 20 date for Big Game is 2012 is certainly not our first choice but the conference is governed by the will of the majority and we have a duty to respect the outcome of the vote," said Stanford's Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics Bob Bowlsby. "We will work with California and the Pac-12 Office to advocate for the Big Game and all rivalry games to be scheduled toward the end of the season in future years."
Washington State will be at Stanford Stadium on Oct. 27, which will be followed by a trip to Folsom Field on Nov. 3 for a date with the Colorado Buffaloes.
After Stanford entertains Oregon State on Nov. 10, the Cardinal will face the Oregon Ducks in Eugene on Nov. 17.
Stanford will wrap up the regular season on Nov. 24 at UCLA.
The second annual Pac-12 Championship game will be played on Nov. 30 at the home field of the team with the best overall conference record.
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. There will be 44 games on the combination of ESPN's family of networks, Fox Broadcast and FX, while 34 games are scheduled to air on the Pac-12 Networks. Exact broadcast schedules will be determined at a later date. The new schedule will also include eight Thursday and Friday specialty dates for ESPN and FOX. Dates during the first two weeks of the non-conference schedule are still being adjusted to accommodate television commitments.
"The one thing we heard loud and clear from fans across the Conference is they want to see their teams play every week," Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said. "Starting in 2012 fans can see all games throughout the country."
For information on season tickets for the 2012 season, please call 1-800-STANFORD.
2012 Stanford Football Schedule
Sept. 1 - San Jose State
Sept. 8 - Duke
Sept. 15 - USC
Sept. 27 - at Washington
Oct. 6 - Arizona
Oct. 13 - at Notre Dame
Oct. 20 - at California
Oct. 27 - Washington State
Nov. 3 - at Colorado
Nov. 10 - Oregon State
Nov. 17 - at Oregon
Nov. 24 - at UCLA
Nov. 30 - Pac-12 Championship Game