This is so 2020: Get ready for the Territorial Cup between Arizona and ASU to start the season for the first time since 1946 in Wildcat football history.
The Pac-12 unveiled a 10-game schedule pitting only conference schools against each other, tentatively starting Sept. 26, depending on whether schools are able to control against outbreaks of COVID-19.
The Wildcats open against the Sun Devils at Arizona Stadium on Sept. 26
Here is the schedule:
Arizona playing ASU to start the season was designed in case the game has to be rescheduled to a bye week later in the season or a week in December because Arizona is a COVID-19 hotspot presently, according to Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott.
Arizona and ASU have a bye week scheduled on Oct. 17. An open week, on Sat., Dec. 12, exists before the Dec. 19 Pac-12 championship game.
Fun facts last time UA opened vs. ASU in 1946:
First post-WWII sporting event at UA after sports shut down 2 yrs
– ASU referred to as "Tempe Bulldogs"
– Tucson High great Joe Batiste starting HB for Tempe.
– Record crowd of 12,000 at UA's Varsity Stadium watched Wildcats win 67-0
This will be the first time Arizona is scheduled for 10 games in a regular season since the 1970 season. College football went to 11 games in 1971 and was increased to 12 games regularly in 2002. Arizona played 12 games in 1998 and 1999 but only 11 in 2000 and 2001.
Pac-12 volleyball and soccer won’t start until Sept. 26 at the earliest with practice starting after Aug. 15.
Another look at the football schedules:
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