The 2023 Pac-12 football schedule was released on Wednesday and there has been plenty of discussion on it.
The USC Trojans have a brutal slate, and for their final year in the Pac-12, it is a tough way to go out.
The Trojans face Utah, Washington, and Oregon this season, and the strength of the Pac-12 will be there once again. Will Utah repeat as champs? Will USC make a College Football Playoff trip?
Jon Wilner of The Mercury News detailed the Pac-12 Conference schedule and examined the top game for each week beginning with Week 4, when the conference season gets rolling.
Get your calendars out and be ready.
SEPTEMBER 23: UCLA AT UTAH
Oct 8, 2022; Pasadena, California, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) throws a pass against Utah Utes defensive tackle Junior Tafuna (58) and safety Cole Bishop (8) during the second quarter at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports
The Bruins won’t have Dorian Thompson-Robinson. Utah will have Cam Rising. The Utes should be a solid favorite here.
SEPTEMBER 30: USC AT COLORADO
Nov 11, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams (13) runs the ball against Colorado Buffaloes linebacker Quinn Perry (12) during the first half at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Lincoln Riley versus Coach Prime. This should be fun.
OCTOBER 7: NONE
Sep 3, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; A detailed view of the Pac-12 Conference logo at United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
This is when Oregon and Washington get a week of rest before their October 14 clash.
OCTOBER 14: OREGON AT WASHINGTON
Nov 12, 2022; Eugene, Oregon, USA; Washington Huskies quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) throws a pass during the first half against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
The Ducks will be out for revenge after losing to the Huskies in Eugene last year.
OCTOBER 21: UTAH AT USC
Dec 2, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Utah Utes wide receiver Money Parks (10) runs the ball for a touchdown against the Southern California Trojans during the second half of the PAC-12 Football Championship at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
This is the most important game on USC’s 2023 schedule.
OCTOBER 28: OREGON AT UTAH
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 03: Wide receiver Devaughn Vele #17 and tight end Dalton Kincaid #86 of the Utah Utes celebrate Kincaid’s 11-yard touchdown reception against the Oregon Ducks during the Pac-12 Conference championship game at Allegiant Stadium on December 3, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Utes defeated the Ducks 38-10. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
The Utes try to get revenge for losing in Eugene last year.
NOVEMBER 4: WASHINGTON AT USC
Washington Huskies quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) lines up the offense for a snap against Texas during the Alamo Bowl at the Alamodome, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022 in San Antonio.
First one to 50 points wins.
NOVEMBER 11: UTAH AT WASHINGTON
Nov 28, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies tight end Cade Otton (87) catches a touchdown pass against the Utah Utes during the fourth quarter at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
USC and Oregon play the same day, November 11. Showdown Saturday will be quite a show in 2023.
NOVEMBER 18: UCLA AT USC
Nov 19, 2022; Pasadena, California, USA; UCLA Bruins student section cheers against the Southern California Trojans during the second half at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
The goal for USC this season is, in many ways, to still be alive in the Pac-12 title chase entering this game, because it’s hard to see USC losing to UCLA in the Coliseum under those circumstances.
NOVEMBER 25: WASHINGTON STATE AT WASHINGTON
Oct 27, 2022; Pullman, Washington, USA; Washington State Cougars head coach Jake Dickert celebrates a touchdown against the Utah Utes in the first half at Gesa Field at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports
Washington probably hopes it is still alive for the Pac-12 title entering this game, because the Huskies are similarly unlikely to lose in such a situation.