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Top 10 games to watch on the 2013 Pac-12 schedule

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer
Oregon will look for revenge against Stanford on Nov. 7. (US Presswire)

The Pac-12 released its 2013 football schedule on Thursday, giving fans their first taste of the upcoming season. We could ignore this news, or we could celebrate it with a way-too-early analysis of the conference calendar.

On first glance, these are the Top 10 games we look forward to seeing. Check out the list below, in chronological order, and let us know what you think in the comment section below. You can also pitch us your suggestion on Twitter (@EyeOnCFB).

Thursday, Aug. 29 -- Utah State at Utah: There is a debate as to whether or not this rivalry is still relevant. Utah State's 27-20 overtime win in 2012 says it is. Hoping for a good game on the opening night of the season and more scheduled meetings in the future.

Saturday, Aug. 31 -- Boise State at Washington: An opening weekend rematch of Boise State's 28-26 Las Vegas Bowl win to open the brand new Husky Stadium? Yes, please.

Saturday, Aug. 31 -- Washington State at Auburn: Mike Leach leads the Cougars across the country to face Auburn in Gus Malzahn's first game as the Tigers' head coach. Both teams need bounce-back seasons in 2013, and a win here could be a strong start.

Saturday, Sept. 14 -- UCLA at Nebraska: UCLA's 36-30 win proved the Bruins were ready to compete in the Pac-12. After closing the season with two consecutive losses, expect Nebraska to look for revenge in this early season nonconference battle.

Saturday, Sept. 28 -- California at Oregon: Chip Kelly, Mark Helfrich on one sideline. Sonny Dykes and Tony Franklin on the other. The only loser? The scoreboard.

Saturday, Oct. 5 -- Washington State at California: Another matchup that features former Louisiana Tech Dykes in an entertaining matchup. This is one game that could be a "signature win" for Dykes in Year 1.

Thursday, Oct. 10 -- Arizona at USC: Matt Barkley and Matt Scott will not be under center, but with Marqise Lee and Austin Hill on the field we could see another offensive explosion. The two wide receivers combined for 26 catches and more than 700 yards when the two teams met in October. Hoping for an encore performance.

Thursday, Nov. 7 -- Oregon at Stanford: With the talent returning on both teams, this is arguably one of the most anticipated games in 2013. It was a smart move to place the game on a Thursday night, with most of the college football world watching.

Friday, Nov. 15 -- Washington at UCLA: The Huskies were inconsistent in 2012, but with young talent maturing could come a memorable 2013. I'm guessing this is either a sneaky-good matchup of two possible division contenders in must-win scenarios.

Saturday, Nov. 30 -- Notre Dame at Stanford: The Cardinal could have their Pac-12 North status set heading into the game, but if both programs are where they expect it could also be a game with BCS implications.

Honorable Mention: UCLA at USC (Nov. 30), USC at Notre Dame (Oct. 19), Wisconsin at Arizona State (Sept. 14), and of the annual "must-see" Civil War (Oregon State at Oregon) and Apple Cup (Washington State at Washington) -- both on Nov. 29.

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