Pac-12 race update

October, 31, 2011
10/31/11
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Little changed over the weekend in the Pac-12.

The most likely scenario for the Pac-12 title race is the winner of the Oregon-Stanford game on Nov. 12 earning the North Division title and playing host to South Division winner Arizona State in the Pac-12 championship game on Dec. 2.

It would require a dramatic turn of events for that not to happen. The biggest bits of intrigue: 1. Will Stanford win out and play for the national title? 2. Can the conference produce two BCS bowl teams?

You can see the Pac-12 standings here.

Of course, with UCLA's win over California, the Bruins are in the South Division picture: If they beat Arizona State on Saturday and win out, the Bruins would win the South. (USC isn't eligible because of NCAA sanctions).

In the North, Washington could make a stunning move this weekend against Oregon, though it needs Stanford to lose twice. Unlikely but not impossible.

Still, the most reasonable scenario is clear: The Sun Devils are likely headed to either Stanford or Oregon for the Pac-12 title game, which will be played on the home field of the team with the best conference record (tie-breakers are: 1. head-to-head; 2. BCS standings ranking).

Ted Miller | email

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