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Poll: Saturday scenarios

Two games, a few possibilities. The outcome of the UCLA-Stanford and Oregon-Oregon State games on Saturday have a wide-ranging effect on the league -- in terms of the conference championship, Rose Bowl implications, home-field advantage, bowl placement throughout the conference etc.

There are a few different scenarios that could play out. And since we only have one poll going up this week (sorry, no Thursday poll because of the holiday), we're polling the most likely scenario for what could be a wild Saturday.

So your Tuesday poll question is simple enough: What happens Saturday?

Your options:

Stanford and Oregon win: If this happens, the Cardinal are North champs by virtue of their tiebreaker over the Ducks and will play UCLA again next week in the conference title game at Stanford Stadium with the winner going to the Rose Bowl. Oregon wouldn't be out of the national championship picture, but it would need some help. A BCS at-large berth -- perhaps the Fiesta Bowl -- is the likeliest scenario.

Stanford and Oregon State win: Stanford wins the North and will host UCLA in the conference championship game with the winner going to the Rose Bowl. Oregon and Oregon State are in wait-and-see mode when it comes to a BCS game.

UCLA and Oregon State win: The Cardinal would be the North Division champion by virtue of its tiebreaker over the Ducks. But UCLA would host the Pac-12 championship game. The winner would go to the Rose Bowl and the Ducks and Beavers would be at the mercy of the at-large BCS bowl games -- which will pick their teams based on what they believe would be the best matchups and fill hotels.

UCLA and Oregon win: The Ducks would be the North Division champions and they would host the Bruins in the Pac-12 championship. The winner would go to the Rose Bowl -- but Oregon could also be in the national title hunt. This is Oregon's best scenario for the BCS title game because beating OSU and UCLA will help separate it in the computer rankings among the other one-loss teams. But help from both L.A. schools is needed.