On Friday, the Pac-10 announced the future schedules for the Pac-12 for when the conference expands in the fall of 2011. With the announcement of the divisions a few weeks ago and comments from Larry Scott that UCLA would play Cal and Stanford every year, despite not being in the same division, it was clear that seven of the Bruins' nine Pac-12 games each season would be made up of USC, Arizona, Arizona St., Utah, Colorado, Cal and Stanford. Well, now we know that in 2011 and 2012, UCLA will also play Oregon St. and Washington St. home and away, with Washington and Oregon home and away in 2013 and 2014. 2015 and 2016 will see the Bruins play home and away with the Beavers and Cougars again and then 2017 and 2018 will be another home and away with the Huskies and Ducks.
Here is the 2011 UCLA football schedule (home games in italics):
Saturday, September 3 at Houston
Saturday, September 10 vs, San Jose St.
Saturday, September 17 vs. Texas
Saturday, September 24 at Oregon St.
Saturday, October 1 at Stanford
Saturday, October 8 vs. Washington St.
Thursday, October 20 at Arizona
Saturday, October 29 vs. Cal
Saturday, November 5 vs. Arizona St.
Saturday, November 12 at Utah
Saturday, November 19 vs. Colorado
Saturday, November 26 at USC
As you can see, the Bruins have a tougher slate in 2011 than they've been used to, as does every Pac-10 team. With the conference title game taking a week out of the season, there is one less by week than usual and the only one that the Bruins will have next year is the Saturday before a Thursday night game at Arizona. You'll also notice that USC remains the last regular season game of the season, although it looks like it's going to be a yearly Thanksgiving weekend contest. On the whole, though, it's not a bad schedule and it will be a lot easier than this season's, but I wish we would have gotten to go to Colorado in the first year. I'm really looking forward to the Boulder trip.