Everyone living in the two westernmost time zones (Pacific and Mountain) are jacked up for the new and improved PAC-12. The evolution of the conference under Larry Scott has provided recent, interesting discussion about divisions, TV contracts, and the conference championship.
However, the PAC-10 has always been known for its desire to face tough non-conference opponents while avoiding the multiple patsies who plague other AQ leagues. The inception of the PAC-12 is no different.
Following, are the Top 10 PAC-12 non-conference games for the upcoming 2011 season. Notice the majority of the games are on the road, making this coming year difficult for the PAC-12 to succeed among its peer conferences. Also notice that September 17th is the measuring stick day for the PAC-12, as a number of key games in this list are that day. Apologies to Cal and Washington State... you just don't have the most interesting non-conference schedule this year.