Hopefully, familiarity doesn’t breed contempt. Because familiar voices return to call USC and UCLA games this Saturday.
It’s bound to happen when you have ESPN, Fox and the Pac-12 Network on a constant rotating basis to call Pac-12 games … which is something that was reinforced as we gave some brush up information this week in a piece trying to explain why UCLA is going through a run of six games in a row with a kickoff of 5 p.m. or later.
UCLA’s chiller at Washington State (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.) draws the ESPN team of Allen Bestwick, Mike Bellotti and Kris Budden for the second week in a row on a Bruins’ game. But that stretch of nighttime games will end on Oct. 22 when the Bruins play host to Utah in a 1 p.m. Rose Bowl game.
Meanwhile, for or Joe Davis, doing the USC-Arizona game from Tuscon, Ariz., on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on Channel 11 means he and analyst Brady Quinn will have seen the Trojans play three times in the last four weeks. Perhaps the only saving it from a four-times-in-five-weeks parlay is that the Trojans have a bye week after this.
“They’re so close to being 4-2 against one of the nation’s most difficult schedules,” said Davis, the Dodgers’ Spectrum SportsNet LA broadcaster who also called USC’s games against Utah in Week 4 and Arizona State in Week 5. “Would they have beaten Alabama or Stanford with Sam Darnold as the starter? Probably not, but he sure has been impressive since taking over. Great play maker. They’ve got their guy for the next few years.
“I still think they can win the Pac-12 South. They’re talented enough. Now they just need some help. And if things keep going at this unpredictable rate in the South, they just might get it.”
The rest of the Pac-12:
= Utah, the only Pac-12 ranked school playing this week, at Oregon State, Pac-12 Network, 1 p.m. (Jim Watson, Yogi Roth, Cindy Brunson)
= Arizona State at Colorado, Pac-12 Network, 5 p.m. (Roxy Bernstein, Anthony Herron, Lewis Johnson)
= Stanford at Notre Dame, Channel 4, 4:30 p.m. (Dan Hicks, Doug Flutie)
Bye week for Washington, Oregon and Cal
The best of the rest of the games of national interest:
= Duke at Louisville, 4 p.m., ESPN (Adam Amin, Mack Brown, Molly McGrath)
= San Diego State at Fresno State, 7 p.m., CBSSN (Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor)
= Mississippi State at BYU, 7:15 p.m., ESPN (Tom Hart, Andrew Ware, Cole Cubelic)
= ESPN College GameDay: At Madison, Wisc., prior to Ohio State-Wisconsin game, 6-to-9 a.m.
= North Carolina State at Clemson, 9 a.m., Channel 7 (Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay)
= Kansas State at Oklahoma, 9 a.m., ESPN (Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich)
= West Virginia at Texas Tech, 9 a.m., FS1 (Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt)
= Lafayette at Army, 9 a.m., CBSSN (Ben Holden, Jay Feeney)
= Vanderbilt at Georgia, 9 a.m., SEC Network (David Neal, Matt Stinchcomb)
= Minnesota at Maryland, 9 a.m., ESPNU (Beth Mowins, Antony Becht)
= Iowa at Purdue, 9 a.m., ESPN2 (Anish Shroff, Tom Ramsey)
= Alabama at Tennessee, 12:30 p.m., Channel 2 (Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson)
= Nebraska at Indiana, 12:30 p.m., Channel 7 (Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry Punch)
= North Carolina at Miami, 12:30 p.m., ESPN2 (Dave Pasch, Greg McEnroy, Tom Luginbill)
= Wake Forest at Florida State, 12:30 p.m., ESPN (Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams)
= Western Michigan at Akron, 12:30 p.m., CBSSN (John Sadak, Randy Cross)
= Kansas at Baylor, 12:30 p.m., FS1 (Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman)
= New Mexico vs. Air Force at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, 12:30 p.m., ESPNEWS (Mike Corey, Al Groh)
= Northwestern at Michigan State, 12:30 p.m., Big Ten Network (Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen)
= Virginia Tech at Syracuse, 12:45 p.m., ESPNU (Eamon McAnaney, John Congemi)
= Missouri at Florida, 1 p.m., SEC Network (Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Kaylee Hartung)
Late afternoon games:
= Mississippi at Arkansas, 4 p.m., ESPN (Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe)
= Tulsa at Houston, 4 p.m., ESPN2 (Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer)
= Connecticut at Southern Florida, 4 p.m., CBSSN (Dave Ryan, Corey Chavous)
= Iowa State at Texas, 4 p.m., Longhorn Network (Lowell Galindo, Ahmad Brooke, Keith Moreland, Dawn Davenport)
= Southern Mississippi at LSU, 4:30 p.m., SEC Network (Clay Matvick, Dusty Dvoracek)
= Ohio State at Wisconsin, 5 p.m., Channel 7 (Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder)
= Colorado State at Boise State, 7:15 p.m., ESPN2 (Mark Neely, Ray Bentley, Cole Cubelic)
= Nevada at San Jose State, 7:30 p.m., CBSSN (Rich Waltz, Eric Davis)
Note: Navy-East Carolina was originally scheduled for Thursday, 4:30 p.m., ESPN but moved to Nov. 19 because of Hurricane Matthew flooding.