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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Pac-12 tiebreakers

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

A lot of folks are asking about Pac-12 tiebreakers -- such as "What happens if Washington beats Oregon on Saturday and Oregon beats Stanford on Nov. 12 and all three finish with just one conference defeat?"

You can see the official Pac-12 tiebreaker page here.

In the above scenario, if Stanford, Washington and Oregon all finished 8-1 in conference play, and spread their only conference losses among each other, then the team with the lowest BCS ranking would be eliminated first.

That likely would be Washington.

Then it would revert to the two-team tie-breaking procedure. Because Oregon beat Stanford  head-to-head in the above scenario, the Ducks would represent the North in the Pac-12 championship game on Dec. 2, and the game would be in Eugene.

And, yes, Stanford, at 11-1, still would be a prime candidate for a second BCS bowl berth after the Pac-12 championship game winner went to the Rose Bowl.

And, no, the losers of the Pac-12 championship game is guaranteed nothing -- it doesn't get any advantage over any other conference teams in terms of bowl selection (other than already written rules). If the Alamo Bowl wanted 10-2 Washington over, say, 10-3 Arizona State, it would be free to pick the Huskies. Or it could also pick the Sun Devils; up to the bowl's administrators.

Here are the tiebreakers for two teams, three or more teams and for determining the host site.

Divisional Champion Tie-breaker

Two Teams:

Head-to-head competition between the two tied teams. 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:

1. Record in games played within the division.

2. Record against the next highest placed team in the division (based on record in all Conference games, both divisional and cross-divisional) proceeding through the division.

3. Record in common Conference games.

4. Highest BCS Ranking following the last weekend of regular-season games.

5. Total number of wins in a 12-game season. The following conditions will apply to the calculation of the total number of wins:
6. Coin toss.

Three or More Teams:

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 Conference games, both divisional and cross-divisional), proceeding through the division.

4.Record in common Conference games.

5.Highest BCS Ranking following the last weekend of regular-season games.

Championship Game Host Tie-breaker

In the event of a tie, the following procedures will be applied to determine the Pac-12 Championship Game host.

1.Head-to-head, if applicable.

2.Highest BCS Ranking following the last weekend of Pac-12 regular-season games.

3.Record against the next highest-placed common opponent in the Conference (based on record in all Conference games, both divisional and cross-divisional), proceeding through the Conference.

4.Record in common Conference games.

5.Coin toss.