Six Duck Games on TV

EUGENE – The University of Oregon's 2006 football schedule will feature no fewer than six live regional or national television appearances, highlighted by the Oregon-Oregon State game to be played on Friday, Nov. 24.

The Civil War rivalry, to be played this year in Corvallis, was moved from Saturday, Nov. 25, to Friday at 12:30 p.m. to accommodate a Fox Sports Net national telecast -- one of two national Fox appearances the Ducks already have been chosen for so far this year. Oregon also will appear on the national cablecast for its Nov. 11 game at USC, which will start at 7:15 p.m.

The Ducks' home games vs. Stanford (Sept. 2) and Oklahoma (Sept. 16) previously had been selected to appear regionally on ABC Sports, while road games at Fresno State (Sept. 9) and California (Oct. 7) will air nationally on ESPN2 and ABC/ESPN, respectively.

Oregon's game in Berkeley, Calif., will be available to a nationwide audience as part of ABC's new prime time Saturday Night College Football package. Kickoff for that game is 5 p.m. (PDT) and will be televised by either ABC or ESPN.

That Oregon-Oregon State game would mark the first time the Civil War has not been played on a Saturday in 79 years and the latest the two teams have met in the past four seasons. The Ducks and Beavers squared off on Dec. 1 during Oregon's Fiesta Bowl season in 2001.

This year's contest was moved to Thanksgiving weekend as a result of the NCAA allowing Division I teams to expand the regular season by playing a 12th game. The two intrastate rivals are scheduled to meet on that holiday weekend every year through at least 2011.

As of now, all six of Oregon's home games are slated to kickoff at 12:30 p.m. However, any of the Ducks' final four home games -- vs. UCLA (Oct. 14), Portland State (Oct. 28), Washington (Nov. 4) and Arizona (Nov. 18) -- as well as road games at Arizona State (Sept. 30) and Washington State (Oct. 21) could be shifted to later times that day to accommodate live television broadcasts. Start times for those six games can be altered between six and 12 days before kickoff in accordance to TV contracts with the Pacific-10 Conference.

2006 Oregon Football Schedule

Sept. 2 Stanford 12:30 p.m.
Sept. 9 @Fresno State 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 16 Oklahoma 12:30 p.m.
Sept. 30 @Arizona State TBA
Oct. 7 @California 5:00 p.m.
Oct. 14 UCLA 12:30 p.m.
Oct. 21 @Washington State TBA
Oct. 28 Portland State 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 4 Washington 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 11 @USC 7:15 p.m.
Nov. 18 Arizona 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 24 @Oregon State 12:30 p.m.

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