After a few delays and plenty of speculation, the Pac-12 finally released the 2012 football schedule today. As rumored, the Apple Cup will indeed be played on the Friday after Thanksgiving, but other than that, WSU's conference schedule actually sets up nicely.
- Sat., Sept. 1 @ BYU
- Sat., Sept. 8 vs Eastern Washington
- Sat., Sept. 15 @ UNLV
- Sat., Sept 22 vs Colorado
- Sat., Sept 29 vs Oregon (in Seattle)
- Sat., Oct. 6 @ Oregon State
- Sat., Oct. 13 vs California
- Sat. Oct. 20 BYE
- Sat., Oct. 27 @ Stanford
- Sat., Nov. 3 @ Utah
- Sat., Nov. 10 vs UCLA
- Sat., Nov. 17 @ Arizona State
- Fri., Nov 23 vs Washington
Seven games, then a bye is probably about as good as you can hope for in terms of breaking up the season. Only one time does WSU go on the road for back-to-back games. Overall, this looks pretty good to me.
EDIT NUSS: The one thing that most people are complaining about is the stretch between the Colorado game and the UCLA game in which WSU plays just once in Pullman, thanks to the Seattle game against Oregon. This seems to be an unintended consequence of making that contest a Pac-12 game, and while I'm sure the new coach won't complain about it as much as the last coach did, I wonder how long this can go on.