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ACC race update: Week 14

November, 27, 2013
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The Coastal Division race has come down to this, the final week of the regular season. Duke, the team that was picked by the media in July to finish last in its division, is one win away from finishing first. Duke already has clinched at least a share of the Coastal Division title. A win at North Carolina on Saturday and the Blue Devils head to Charlotte for the ACC championship game. A loss at North Carolina? Well, that’s where things get interesting.

We’ve got you covered:

What Duke needs: Beat North Carolina.

What Miami needs: Beat Pitt, AND a Duke loss, AND a Virginia Tech loss.

What Georgia Tech needs: A Duke loss, AND a Miami loss, AND a Virginia Tech loss.

What Virginia Tech needs: A win over Virginia, AND a Duke loss, AND a Miami win would create a five-way tie, which would send Virginia Tech to the title game. The Hokies also could get to Charlotte with a win over Virginia, a Miami loss and a Duke loss. Basically, Miami’s outcome is irrelevant to the Hokies’ hopes.

Big Ten race update: Week 14

November, 27, 2013
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There's still one week left in the Big Ten regular season, but the race to Indianapolis is all over. Ohio State will represent the Leaders Division Dec. 7 at the Big Ten championship game. The Buckeyes will face Michigan State, which has claimed the Legends Division title outright.

One more time for good measure …

Leaders Division

Champion: Ohio State (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten). The Buckeyes are headed to Indianapolis even if they lose Saturday at Michigan. Wisconsin (9-2, 6-1) can clinch a share of the Leaders Division title with a win and an Ohio State loss, but the Buckeyes hold the head-to-head tiebreaker because they beat Wisconsin on Sept. 28 in Columbus.

Legends Division

Champion: Michigan State (10-1, 7-0). The Spartans are two games clear of Nebraska (plus the head-to-head tiebreaker) with one week to go. The other four Legends Division teams have three or more losses. What looked to be a very competitive race before the season hasn't turned out that way, as Michigan State has lapped the field.

SEC race update: Week 14

November, 27, 2013
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It all comes down to this.

One weekend, two games to determine the fate of the SEC divisional titles. One chance for teams to punch their ticket to Atlanta.

Let's take a look at how the division races sit going into the final weekend of regular season games:

Western Division
  • For the first time, the Iron Bowl, is a play-in game for the SEC Championship game. That's helping to make it the "Iron Bowl of all Iron Bowls," with No. 1 Alabama (10-0, 7-0 SEC) heading to Jordan-Hare Stadium to take on No. 4 Auburn (10-1, 6-1). The winner takes the SEC West and goes to the championship game. The loser finishes second and gets to watch. Simple as that.
  • The next grouping has LSU (8-3, 4-3) and Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3) tied for third in the division, though LSU defeated A&M head-to-head last week. LSU has last-place Arkansas (3-8, 0-7) this weekend while A&M travels to Missouri. Ole Miss (7-4, 3-4) is a game behind LSU and Texas A&M in the division and plays sixth-place Mississippi State (5-6, 2-5) in the Egg Bowl.
Eastern Division
  • No. 5 Missouri (10-1, 6-1) holds its fate in its own hands. If the Tigers beat Texas A&M, they win the SEC East and go to Atlanta for the SEC championship game. If the Tigers lose to the Aggies, South Carolina (9-2, 6-2) waltzes in and takes the SEC title game berth by virtue of its win over the Mizzou on Oct. 26, which serves as the head-to-head tiebreaker. South Carolina's conference schedule is wrapped; the Gamecocks play No. 6 Clemson this weekend.
  • Georgia (7-4, 5-3) finishes in third place in the division and faces nonconference foe Georgia Tech. Vanderbilt (7-4, 4-4) closed out its SEC play last week with a win over Tennessee and the Commodores conclude the year fourth in the division and finish up against nonconference foe Wake Forest. Florida (4-7, 3-5) will conclude a nightmarish season against rival Florida State and the Gators are fifth in the league. Tennessee (4-7, 1-6) and Kentucky (2-9, 0-7) are sixth and seventh and play each other this weekend.

Pac-12 race update: Week 14

November, 27, 2013
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More of a formality at this point given last week’s wackiness, but here’s where things stand as we head into the final week of the regular season.

North

Stanford locked up the North Division title with a combination of beating California and Oregon’s loss to Arizona. Saturday’s matchup against Notre Dame is nonconference, so it has no bearing on the Pac-12 standings. The Cardinal finish with a 7-2 record. The best Pac-12 record Oregon can finish with is also 7-2, but Stanford claims the division by virtue of a head-to-head tiebreaker with the Ducks. If Arizona State loses to Arizona, the Cardinal will host the Pac-12 championship game.

South

Arizona State knocked off UCLA last week in Pasadena, giving them their first Pac-12 South Division title. The Sun Devils are 7-1 heading into the Territorial Cup and could finish either 8-1, which would be the best record in the Pac-12, or 7-2. USC is 6-2 and could finish with an identical 7-2 record, but the Sun Devils hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Trojans (you might recall the significance of that game). If the Sun Devils beat Arizona at home, it will host the Pac-12 championship game by virtue of having the best league record. If the Sun Devils lose (the home team has lost the last four Territorial Cups) ASU would travel to Stanford because the Cardinal have a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Sun Devils.

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.

Big 12 race update: Week 14

November, 27, 2013
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Oklahoma State took command of the Big 12 race with a dominant 49-17 victory over Baylor. But the conference race isn’t over yet. And the Bears could still win the conference outright.

Here’s how the conference chase shapes up going into the final two weeks of the season:

Oklahoma State (10-1, 7-1 Big 12): The Cowboys can secure their second Big 12 championship with a victory over Oklahoma on Dec. 7. The Pokes would also get the league’s automatic BCS bowl berth, owning the head-to-head advantage over the Baylor-Texas winner.

Baylor (9-1, 6-1): Because the Big 12 recognizes co-champions, the Bears still could claim a share of the conference title just by beating TCU and Texas. To get the automatic BCS bowl berth and win the conference outright, however, Baylor would also need the Cowboys to lose to Oklahoma.

Texas (7-3, 6-1): Like Baylor, the Longhorns could gain a share of the Big 12 title by beating Texas Tech and Baylor, though that wouldn’t give the Horns the automatic BCS bowl berth, too. To get that, Texas would also need Oklahoma State to lose Bedlam on top of the Horns winning out.

Oklahoma (9-2, 6-2): While a long shot, there is a scenario that would net the Sooners a co-championship. First, OU would need to beat Oklahoma State. Then, the Sooners would need either Baylor or Texas to lose this week. And after that, OU would need the team that lost to beat the other in their season finale. That would create a four-way tie (or three-way tie, if both Baylor and Texas lost this week) at the top, handing the Sooners a share of the crown. In this scenario, Oklahoma State would still get the BCS bowl berth because of its head-to-head tiebreaker advantages.

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