The Pac-12 released its 2017 football schedule on Wednesday, and Arizona will have an early bye week following its Friday night conference opener.
Arizona will start conference play at home against Utah on Friday, Sept. 22. Its remaining home games will be against UCLA, Washington State and Oregon State.
Oregon and Cal are now back on Arizona’s conference schedule after a two-year hiatus. The unbalanced league schedule rotates every two years. The Wildcats will miss 2016 league champ Washington and Stanford, which won 10 games and finished No. 12 in the AP poll.
The trade-off of North division teams is definitely to Arizona’s benefit.
Coming up sooner is a Feb. 1 Signing Day event and the start of spring practice on Feb. 18. Arizona will have an open spring practice to the public on March 2 at 6 p.m. More details to come on that.
As for the season, save the dates … here is Arizona’s 2017 schedule:
Sept. 2 — NAU
Sept. 9 — Houston
Sept. 16 — at UTEP
Sept. 22 — Utah (Friday)
Sept. 30 — Bye Week
Oct. 7 — at Colorado
Oct. 14 — UCLA (Family Weekend)
Oct. 21 — at California
Oct. 28 — Washington State (Homecoming)
Nov. 4 — at USC
Nov. 11 — Oregon State
Nov. 18 — at Oregon
Nov. 25 — at Arizona State
Dec. 1/2 — Pac-12 Championship (Santa Clara, Calif.)
If you’re wondering about kickoff times, here is what you need to know, as explained by UA:
Game times and television selections are still to be determined for all contests. The Pac-12 Conference and its television partners are expected to have early-season selections and non-Saturday games announced by early summer. Those contests not announced with the early selections will be announced during the season on a 12 or 6-day basis prior to game dates.