Let’s get the obvious out of the way (and use the latest College Football Playoff rankings):
== No. 20 USC (6-3, 5-2) at No. 4 Washington (9-0, 6-0): Saturday at 4:30 p.m., Channel 11, with Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, Shannon Spake. It’s big enough to where ESPN College GameDay is going to land in Red Square in front of Suzzallo Library on the Seattle campus to set up the live remote from 6-to-9 a.m.
== UCLA (3-6, 1-5) vs. Oregon State (2-7, 1-5) at the Rose Bowl: Saturday at 6 p.m., Pac-12 Network, with Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth, Cindy Brunson. It’s small enough to where we’re not sure there will be many complaints that it’s overlapping with a USC broadcast. You’ll still see the miserable ending.
So not to get caught looking ahead, but some of us will because of the when, why and why involved with how our Nov. 19 USC-UCLA game continues to be a TBD situation, with a lot of it determined by what happens this Saturday.
USC sent out an explanation this week to alert the media:
Fox and ESPN will opt into their six-day-ahead-of-kickoff right to determine not only when the Trojans-Bruins game at the Rose Bowl will happen, but also five other Pac-12 games that day.
The announcement should come Sunday morning. Or late Saturday night.
The way it falls this weeks, Fox has the first choice of either USC-UCLA, Washington State-Colorado, Oregon-Utah, Stanford-Cal or Arizona-Oregon State for its 12:30 p.m. window.
ESPN gets the next pick, and has either a 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. window to fill.
The Pac-12 Net would then get the last three games for their 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. slots.
Arizona State at Washington is already picked for a 4:30 p.m. Fox game.
You can see how if the Trojans lose to Washington and the Bruins lose to Oregon State, this could drop into a Pac-12 Net also-ran game, with that 11 a.m. kickoff staring us in the face again. Yet, there’s a 40 percent chance it will have a 7:30 p.m. kickoff, too.
Whatever they decide on a kickoff, the fans must feel like they’re kicked to the curb in the thought process.
The rest of this week’s Pac-12 games (with CFP rankings):
= No. 15 Utah (7-2, 4-2) at Arizona State (5-4, 2-4), Thursday at 6:30 p.m., FS1 (Joe Davis, Brady Quinn, Bruce Feldman)
= Stanford (6-3, 4-3) at Oregon (3-5, 1-5), Saturday at 1 p.m., Pac-12 Network (Guy Haberman, Anthony Herron, Lewis Johnson)
= No.12 Colorado (7-2, 5-1) at Arizona (2-7, 0-6), Saturday at 7 p.m., FS1 (Justin Kutcher, Petros Papadakis)
= Cal (4-5, 2-4) at No. 23 Washington State (7-2, 6-0), Saturday at 7:30 p.m., ESPN (Mark Jones, Rod GIlmore, Quint Kessenich)
The best of the rest with the latest CFP rankings: