Pac-12 releases 2018 football schedule

UCLA Bruins defensive lineman Jaelan Phillips (15) reacts after sacking Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Kellen Mond not pictured) in the fourth quarter during a NCAA college football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. UCLA Bruins won 45-44. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

The Pac-12 released the 2018 football schedule on Thursday with UCLA getting a bye in week four, two Friday conference games and a regular-season finale matchup with Stanford at the Rose Bowl.

UCLA’s biggest nonconference game is at Oklahoma on Sept. 8, the first game in a home-and-home series. It will be the first meeting of the two schools since UCLA’s upset over then-No. 21 Oklahoma at the Rose Bowl in 2005. After a season opener against Cincinnati at home on Sept. 1, the Bruins finish the nonconference slate with Fresno State on Sept. 15 at the Rose Bowl. The Bulldogs, currently in their first year under former Cal head coach Jeff Tedford, are in first place in the Mountain West West Division.

UCLA gets an early bye right after the nonconference season and start Pac-12 play on a Friday at Colorado on Sept. 28. The Bruins last played the Buffaloes in Boulder also on a short week after a bye (in 2016 on a Thursday) and lost 20-10 with backup quarterback Mike Fafaul.

UCLA has back-to-back road games in early November, visiting Oregon on Nov. 3 and Arizona State on Nov. 10 before finishing the regular season with home games against USC on Nov. 17 and Stanford on Nov. 24.

UCLA’s 2018 schedule (home games in bold):

Sat., Sept. 1: Cincinnati at UCLA
Sat., Sept. 8: UCLA at Oklahoma
Sat., Sept. 15: Fresno State at UCLA
Sat., Sept. 22: BYE
Fri., Sept. 28: UCLA at Colorado
Sat ., Oct. 6: Washington at UCLA
Sat., Oct. 13: UCLA at California
Sat., Oct. 20: Arizona at UCLA
Fri., Oct. 26: Utah at UCLA
Sat., Nov. 3: UCLA at Oregon
Sat. Nov. 10: UCLA at Arizona State
Sat., Nov. 17: USC at UCLA
Sat., Nov. 24: Stanford at UCLA