Some will have playoff implications. Some feature a team that needs to finally shut up its rival. Others might save a coach's job. Here are the games that have a little extra meaning in 2016.
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Washington has named Jennifer Cohen as its new athletic director after she served as the interim athletic director following Scott Woodward's departure for Texas A&M.
The Week 1 slate is a veritable smorgasbord, with bluebloods in Texas and football in Sydney. Here's the most pressing storyline for each Pac-12 team.
Which Pac-12 schools are likely to feature a 1,000-yard rusher in 2016? Oregon, Stanford, USC and Washington are among the strong bets.
Uncommitted QB Jack Sears took center stage in Northern California and nine earned invitations to The Opening Finals.
The Huskies' hopes of being contenders in the Pac-12 North will be determined by games against Stanford and Oregon in consecutive weeks.
It's a West Coast conundrum: If a player turns in the most outstanding season in the nation, but his games are played while much of the country is sleeping, can he win the Heisman Trophy?
Chris Petersen is positioning Washington to compete with the elite recruiters in the Pac-12.
Alabama has built a defensive dynasty, so it's no surprise that the Tide lead the ESPN Football Power Index's top 10 projected defenses for 2016. They have SEC company at the top, though.
Likely the most intriguing game nationally in Week 1, USC will face defending national champion Alabama in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 3.
Former Washington rower and public address announcer Lou Gellermann dies at 79.
Excitement about Washington's Pac-12 prospects this season is as high as it's been in many years. Should this worry Huskies believers?
Unsuprisingly, Oregon's stable of receivers is among the deepest in the nation, but the Ducks have considerable competition in Washington State.
Three Pac-12 teams have backfields that should be among the nation's best in 2016.
Rosters generally begin to take shape after spring practice, and several players in high-profile programs helped themselves, and their teams, this time around.
Oregon has owned Northwest football of late, but the balance of power in 2000 rested in a game between Oregon State and Washington. It remains one of the Pac-12's ultimate "What if?" games.
Stanford, USC, Washington, Oregon and UCLA made Mark Schlabach's 2016 Way-Too-Early Top 25. See where they rank.
Stanford and Oregon have dominated the Pac-12 North since the conference expanded, but that trend could begin changing this season.
Washington and Washington State won't be lacking leadership and talent at QB, with Jake Browning and Luke Falk returning to their respective schools.
Is a Pac-16 possible?
In the spirit of conference expansion chatter, our Ryan McGee has an idea. He shook up the Pac-12, added four teams and juggled divisions to help create a more balanced CFB map. Which teams are in the new North and the new South? Flipping the field
The Trojans are the FPI's choice to win the Pac-12, but big season are predicted for UCLA and Washington as well.
This week's Pac-12 mailbag considers possible expansion, the state of the California Golden Bears and how the conference fared in the NFL draft.
UW's nonconference slate among thinnest
The good news is that one of Washington's three nonconference opponents is a Power 5 school. The bad news is that its Rutgers, which is expected to be among the worst in that classification this season. 10 easiest nonconference skeds (Insider)
Baylor has one of the nation's weakest nonconference schedules in 2016, according to ESPN Stats & Info. But four Big Ten teams ended up dominating the list of 10 softest Septembers.
Washington vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Husky Stadium - Fri 9/2