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USC football: Pac-12 approves rearranged 10-game schedule for 2020

Alicia de Artola
Jul 31, 2020, 6:18 AM PDT
USC football in the Pac-12. (Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
USC football in the Pac-12. (Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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USC football’s rearranged 2020 schedule has been officially announced by the Pac-12.

USC football finally knows the form their 2020 schedule will take.

On Friday, the Pac-12 officially approved a 10-game conference-only schedule including a season opener against UCLA.

The campaign will begin on September 26, with an open weekend in December to potentially reschedule any games as needed.

USC football’s new 2020 schedule:

Week 1 (Sept. 26): at UCLAWeek 2 (Oct. 3): vs. CalWeek 3 (Oct. 10): at StanfordWeek 4 (Oct. 17): vs. ColoradoWeek 5 (Oct. 24): at ArizonaWeek 6 (Oct. 31): BYE WEEKWeek 7 (Nov. 7): vs. Washington StateWeek 8 (Nov. 14): at OregonWeek 9 (Nov. 21): vs. Arizona StateWeek 10 (Nov. 27): at Utah [FRIDAY]Week 11 (Dec. 5): vs. Washington

USC’s schedule will remain the same in terms of opponents and locations, though the Trojans have added Washington State as expected.

The order of those games has drastically changed, however.

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The Trojans will open the season against UCLA for the first time since World War II.

Next they will host Cal earlier than originally planned. After a Stanford road game which will sit exactly where it was supposed to in Week 3, they’ll take on Colorado in the first half of the season instead of the second.

The road trip to Arizona will still take place before the Trojans bye week with the Washington State game coming a week later.

The final month of the season will be a major challenge which will certainly shape the race for the Pac-12 and the Pac-12 South. USC will battle Oregon, Arizona State, Utah and Washington in successive weeks.

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The Pac-12 title game is scheduled for either Friday, Dec. 18 or Saturday, Dec. 19. Instead of being played at the new Las Vegas NFL stadium, it will be hosted by the higher-ranked team in conference standings.

The SEC released a similar schedule on Thursday while the ACC announced an 11-game schedule on Wednesday. The the Big Ten and the Big 12 have not yet released a schedule plan.

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