Pac-12 Releases 2014 Schedule

The Pac-12 has released the conference schedule for next season, and things appear to set up favorably for UCLA to make a run in 2014...

2014 Football Schedule

Aug. 30 @Virginia
Sept. 6 Memphis
Sept. 13 Texas (Dallas)
Sept. 20 BYE
Sept. 25 @ ASU (Thursday)
Oct. 4 Utah
Oct. 11 Oregon
Oct. 18 @ California
Oct. 25 @ Colorado
Nov. 1 Arizona (Homecoming)
Nov. 8 @ Washington
Nov. 15 BYE
Nov. 22 USC
Nov. 28 Stanford (Friday after Thanksgiving)
Dec. 5 Pac-12 Championship Game

BOLD denotes home game (we weren't BOLD enough to make Dec. 5 a home game...check back in a few months).

Quick analysis of the schedule:

This is a very good schedule for UCLA. The difficult games (at Texas in Dallas, at ASU, Oregon at home, at WAshington, and Stanford at home) are all reasonably spaced out. The back-to-back road games are California and Colorado, both very winnable games, rather than Oregon and Stanford last season.

The one issue you can see on the schedule is the final two games. In our estimation, though, at this point, USC probably won't be too good next year, particularly by the end of the year. On the other hand, the rivalry game is always emotional, and UCLA will have to turn around and immediately begin preparing for Stanford in six days following the game--a Stanford team that could be gelling with new offensive linemen by the end of the year.

As it has been for the last couple of years, the Stanford game strikes us as probably the most critical game of the year. Win that, and UCLA almost certainly will have secured the Pac-12 South and what we think would be a rematch with Oregon for the Pac-12 Championship and a berth in the first playoffs.

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