Pac-12 race update: Week 11

November, 6, 2013
11/06/13
3:00
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Checking in once again on where things stand in the divisional races. Here’s where we are heading into Week 11.

North

Much will be decided Thursday night with Oregon’s trip to Stanford. The Ducks are in the driver’s seat as the league’s only undefeated team (both overall and in conference play). A win at Stanford gives them a 6-0 mark in league play and it would take an epic collapse over the final three games for anyone else to win the North. Their final three after Stanford include home games against Utah and Oregon State with a trip to Tucson sandwiched in between. Stanford is Oregon’s biggest challenger. The Cardinal are 5-1 in conference play with a head-to-head tie breaker over Oregon State -- which slipped further in the race following its loss to USC. If Stanford holds serve at home against Oregon and then both teams win out, they will finish with identical 8-1 records (for the third straight season) with the Cardinal winning by way of their head-to-head victory. Oregon State needs (I think) to win out and finish 7-2, have Oregon beat Stanford and then lose out to finish 6-3, and then have Stanford finish with three conference losses to negate the tie-breaker. Hip-hip hoo ra’int gonna happen.

South

Much messier with four teams still in play. Arizona State leads the pack with a 4-1 record. But Arizona, UCLA and USC are all 3-2. The course the Sun Devils and Bruins is clear. Win out, and they’ll win the division. And that includes ASU’s Nov. 23 trip to Pasadena. But the Bruins have to win this weekend in Arizona, a place they haven’t won since 2003, and still be able to handle a dangerous Washington team at home a week later. ASU has a trip to Utah as well as Oregon State and Arizona right after the UCLA showdown. USC still has tough sledding with Stanford and the season finale against the Bruins. This one is way too close to call with so many pecking-order-altering games still to be played. But ASU and UCLA have the inside track. USC and Arizona need to help themselves and get a little help along the way.

As a reminder, here’s how the Pac-12 handles tie-breakers.

Two-Team Tie
  1. Head-to-head competition between the two tied teams. (a.) If no game is played between the two tied teams or that game ends in a tie, the following tie-breaking procedures would be applied:
  2. Record in games played within the division.
  3. Record against the next highest placed team in the division (Based on record in all games played within the conference), proceeding through the division.
  4. Record in common conference games.
  5. Highest BCS Ranking following the last weekend of regular-season games.
  6. Total number of wins in a 12-game season. The following conditions will apply to the calculation of the total number of wins: (a.) Only one win against a team from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision or lower division will be counted annually. (b.) Any games that are exempted from counting against the annual maximum number of football contests per NCAA rules (current Bylaw 17. 9.5.2) shall not be included.
Multiple-Team Ties

The following procedures will only be used to eliminate all but two teams, at which point the two-team tie-breaking procedure will be applied.
  1. Head-to-head (Best record in games among the tied teams).
  2. Record in games played within the division.
  3. Record against the next highest placed team in the division (based on record in all games played within the conference), proceeding through the division.
  4. Record in common conference games.
  5. Highest BCS ranking following the last weekend of regular-season games.

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