The 2022 college football season has been filled with the excitement and unpredictability that every season brings.
The Pac-12 conference as we know it is entering its final years, with UCLA and USC (for now) heading to the Big Ten. But over a three-week period, Pac-12 games draw some strong viewership when played on national television.
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SuperWest Sports has created a leaderboard of each team’s national TV numbers for the first quarter of the season. However, UCLA isn’t included here because it’s only played on the Pac-12 network, so there are only 11 of the 12 conference teams on this list. This list also doesn’t take into account the number of games teams have had on national TV, so it’s a bit skewed.
STATE OF ARIZONA: 1.02 MILLION
Herm Edwards is gone so maybe more fans are tuning in now to see the Sun Devils.
STATE OF OREGON: 1.25 MILLION
That’s surprising, especially since Oregon State got off to a sizzling 3-0 start.
ARIZONA: 1.73 MILLION
Arizona only won one game last season, but they’ve already doubled that in three weeks, and the Cats are pretty exciting.
COLORADO: 2.75 MILLION
The Buffs have looked really bad and Karl Dorrell is right in the hot seat, yet they have almost 3 million viewers in three games on national TV. That’s always a good sign.
CALIFORNIA: 2.91 MILLION
Cal is above Colorado and has pretty solid numbers so far. Maybe Justin Wilcox was the right guy after all.
STANFORD: 2.96 MILLION
Stanford’s numbers are surprising, especially since they’ve only played two games.
WASHINGTON: 3.11 MILLION
New head coach Kalen DeBoer and new QB Michael Penix Jr. have the Huskies 3-0 with an upset over Michigan State. Times are changing after the ugly Jimmy Lake debacle.
UTAH: 3.28 MILLION
The Utes have bounced back from their Week 1 loss to Florida, and the reigning Pac-12 champions are always a must-see on TV.
WASHINGTON STATE: 3.92 MILLION
Cameron Ward makes this team play exciting football. Oh, and they’re 3-0 too.
USC: 4.58 MILLION
The Lincoln-Riley effect is real: the Trojans are 3-0 up and once again exciting to watch. Finally.
For perspective, Oregon has more than Washington and USC combined. On the other hand, they’ve played Georgia and BYU, so that helps.