Just a day after rising to national relevance at No. 7 in the Associated Press poll, USC was reminded at its most recent conference of its struggle to become known from coast to coast.
On September 24th, the Trojans play Oregon State in a battle of undefeated teams – and a sure draw for TV ratings.
But on Monday morning, when the Pac-12 announced its television schedule for the day, USC-Oregon State was listed as the 6:30 p.m. opener on the Pac-12 network.
It had to be a typo — Fox will air Oregon-Washington State at 1:00 p.m. and ESPN will air Utah-Arizona State at 7:30 p.m., while the Trojans are relegated to the Pac-12 network, reducing the number of fans overall Country will be able to tune in to see the latest installment from Lincoln Riley, Caleb Williams, Jordan Addison and USC’s troubled, revenue-producing defense. The Pac-12 network isn’t available on all cable or satellite providers, excluding DirecTV customers, among others.
It wasn’t a typo. So how did this happen?
The explanation is actually pretty simple, but it doesn’t make the scenario any less insane for USC fans. According to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation who were not authorized to speak publicly, the Pac-12 network is contractually guaranteed to broadcast at least three USC games this season.
The Trojans already played their season opener against Rice on the Pac-12 Network. The Stanford game aired on ABC, and Saturday’s Fresno State game will air on Fox. Knowing that two of the final nine games will need to be aired on Pac-12 Network, Fox and ESPN passed USC-Oregon State on so they have more choices among the Trojans’ bigger games later in the season as they — in theory – continue to mount a push for the college football playoff semifinals.
Looking ahead, USC’s Arizona and home vs. California matchups stand out as games that could potentially be the third transmission of the Trojans’ Pac-12 network.
Of course, whenever this news comes next, it will also be disappointing – although now we understand why.
The good news for Trojan believers: Once USC is in the Big Ten by 2024, it will never have to settle for a regional audience again.
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