The entire nation will finally get a chance to see Khalil Tate play next weekend — if they stay up late enough.
The highly-anticipated matchup between the Arizona Wildcats (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) and USC Trojans (7-2, 5-1 Pac-12) next Saturday has been scheduled for 7:45 p.m. PT and it will be televised on ESPN, it was announced Sunday.
It's the first time since Tate took over as UA's quarterback that the Wildcats will not be playing on the Pac-12 Network.
Since Tate exclusively played on that channel, he missed out on loads of exposure that he could have gotten otherwise.
Former UCLA head coach and current CBS Sports analyst Rick Neuheisel said CBS Sports Net viewers "don’t know who Khalil Tate is," and that's because CBS doesn't have an agreement with the Pac-12 Network to show the network's highlights.
And then there's the fact that the Pac-12 Network doesn't have a deal with DirecTV, which is another lost segment of viewership.
Former UA basketball player Damon Stoudamire shared his thoughts on that:
Would already be there if pac 12 network cut a deal with directv. Lot of ppl don’t see him! https://t.co/wBnVoKEvT1— Damon Stoudamire (@Iambiggie503) October 29, 2017
No matter, those things won't be an issue this week as the Wildcats will be on ESPN as they battle USC for first place in the Pac-12 South at the L.A. Coliseum.
Should be a good one.