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USC Vs. Cal Highlights 2011 ESPN Thursday Night College Football Schedule

ESPN today made official what we have known for months. The brand spanking new Pac-12 Conference will have three Thursday college football games on ESPN next season. The three games, in successive weeks in October, are highlighted by an Oct. 13 matchup at Berkeley between the USC Trojans and Cal Golden Bears.

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The three Pac-12 Thursday games have been scheduled since November, so it was really a formality to have them added to the ESPN schedule. Cal might have revenge on their mind on Oct. 13, as USC built a 42-0 halftime lead last Oct. 14 against the Bears en route to a 48-14 win. The game on Oct. 13 will be the second straight Thursday ESPN game for Cal, as they are also in Eugene on Oct. 6 to battle the two-time defending conference champion Oregon Ducks.

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The third and final Pac-12 Thursday night game features the UCLA Bruins facing the Arizona Wildcats in a battle of Pac-12 South teams on Oct. 20. The Bruins lost to Arizona 29-21 at the Rose Bowl last season. All three Pac-12 Thursday night games on ESPN will start at 6 p.m. PST.

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