Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Pac-12 race update: Week 13
By Kevin Gemmell
As we head into the final week of the regular season 50 percent of the conference championship game has been set.
Front-runner: After its win on the road last week against Oregon, Stanford sits in the cushy chair of control-your-own destiny. If the Cardinal win this weekend at UCLA, it will lock up the North Division and it will host the Bruins a week later at Stanford Stadium. It can also win the North with an Oregon loss to Oregon State. If the Ducks and Cardinal both lose, UCLA will host the conference championship game.
Contender: Oregon is the only other team that can win the North. Oregon State could finish ahead of the Ducks in the standings by virtue of a tiebreaker, but it can't win the division because Stanford holds a tiebreaker over the Beavers. If Oregon wins and Stanford loses, the Ducks will be North champs and they will host the Bruins next week in the conference title game. All the Ducks can do is win and wait.
Clinched: UCLA locked up the South by beating USC last week. It will host the conference championship game if it beats Stanford and Oregon loses. If the Bruins beat Stanford and Oregon wins, they will play at Oregon next week. If both Oregon and Stanford lose, UCLA will host Stanford.