Who in the Pac-10 has toughest September?

My esteemed (and vacationing) colleague Ted Miller took a closer look at Oregon State’s rugged nonconference schedule earlier this week.

The Beavers open the season Sept. 4 with a game against TCU in Arlington, Texas, at the Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium and then travel to Boise State to end the month of September. In between, they take on Louisville at home.

Gotta be the toughest September schedule of any of the Pac-10 teams, right?

Well, let’s take a closer look.

If anybody has an argument, it would be UCLA. The Bruins open the season at Kansas State on Sept. 4. The next two weeks, they have to contend with two of the top quarterbacks in college football.

On Sept. 11, they return home to face Stanford and Andrew Luck and then take on Houston and Case Keenum the next weekend at the Rose Bowl.

They say goodbye to the month of September by traveling to Texas to take on the Longhorns.

While Oregon State and UCLA are waging a neck-and-neck race for the toughest September schedule in the Pac-10, USC gets the award for the cushiest September schedule.

That’s despite the Trojans playing away from home three times in September. They open the season at Hawaii, return home to face Virginia and then go to Minnesota and Washington State in back-to-back weeks.

Here’s a look at all of the Pac-10 September schedules:


At Toledo, Sept. 3

The Citadel, Sept. 11

Iowa, Sept. 18

California, Sept. 25


Portland State, Sept. 4

Northern Arizona, Sept. 11

At Wisconsin, Sept. 18

Oregon, Sept. 25


UC-Davis, Sept. 4

Colorado, Sept. 11

At Nevada, Sept. 17

At Arizona, Sept. 25


New Mexico, Sept. 4

At Tennessee, Sept. 11

Portland State, Sept. 18

At Arizona State, Sept. 25


Vs. TCU, Sept. 4 (Arlington, Texas)

Louisville, Sept. 18

At Boise State, Sept. 25


Sacramento State, Sept. 4

At UCLA, Sept. 11

Wake Forest, Sept. 18

At Notre Dame, Sept. 25


At Kansas State, Sept. 4

Stanford, Sept. 11

Houston, Sept. 18

At Texas, Sept. 25


At Hawaii, Sept. 2

Virginia, Sept. 11

At Minnesota, Sept. 18

At Washington State, Sept. 25


At BYU, Sept. 4

Syracuse, Sept. 11

Nebraska, Sept. 18


At Oklahoma State, Sept. 4

Montana State, Sept. 11

At SMU, Sept. 18

USC, Sept. 25