Wildcats' 2014 football slate will include Friday game vs. ASU, dreaded road stretch

2014-01-09T00:00:00Z Wildcats' 2014 football slate will include Friday game vs. ASU, dreaded road stretchBy Daniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

It’s time to start planning ahead.

Just more than a week after the UA capped its 2013 season with a 42-19 win over Boston College in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl, the Wildcats now know what their 2014 slate will look like.

The Pac-12 Conference released its schedule Wednesday, and the Wildcats will open league play Sept. 20 with a home game against Cal.

The team’s first bye week of the season will come the next weekend. Then the UA will head to Oregon on Oct. 2 for a Thursday night game in prime time. Like this year’s game at USC, the matchup will likely be televised by Fox Sports 1, but television plans have yet to be announced.

After that, the UA will return to Arizona Stadium to host USC on Oct. 11, the Wildcats’ only home game in a 48-day stretch.

The Cats will then enjoy their second and final bye week before back-to-back road games at Washington State and UCLA.

The game against the Cougars will be the UA’s first in Pullman, Wash., since a 24-7 win in 2010.

Following the UA’s appearance at the Rose Bowl on Nov. 1, Arizona will play three of its final four games at Arizona Stadium. The Nov. 8 tilt versus Colorado will be the UA’s first game back on home turf since the Oct. 11 game against USC.

The Wildcats will play Colorado on homecoming, then take on Washington, also at home.

Following the team’s final road game of the season at Utah, the UA will host the Territorial Cup against ASU on Nov. 28, the day after Thanksgiving.

The Territorial Cup will move back to Friday after having been a Saturday game in Tempe last season. The two rivals last faced off on a Friday in 2012, when the Sun Devils staged a fourth-quarter comeback and won 41-34.

The UA’s nonconference games — Aug. 30 versus UNLV, Sept. 6 at UTSA and Sept. 13 versus Nevada — had already been announced.

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Pac-12 South football standings

Team W L T PCT
Arizona 5 1 0 0.833
Utah 5 1 0 0.833
USC 5 2 0 0.714
ASU 5 1 0 0.833
UCLA 5 2 0 0.714
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429

Pac-12 North football standings

Team W L T PCT
Oregon 6 1 0 0.857
Oregon State 4 2 0 0.667
Stanford 4 3 0 0.571
Washington 5 2 0 0.714
Cal 4 3 0 0.571
Washington State 2 5 0 0.286
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