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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Pac-12 race update: Week 10

By Ted Miller

We've hit the home stretch of the season, so let's take a look at how the Pac-12 race stands.

NORTH DIVISION

Frontrunner: Oregon, at 8-0 and 5-0, is the conference's only undefeated team, so obviously it controls its own destiny. If the Ducks win out, they will host the Pac-12 title game.

Contenders: While Oregon is the only unbeaten team, it isn't the only team that controls its own destiny. If Oregon State (4-1) wins out, it wins the North, winning the tiebreaker with the Ducks because that would include a head-to-head victory in Corvallis. The same is true for Stanford (4-1). It has games ahead with both Oregon and Oregon State, so it would win tiebreakers due to head-to-head victories.

SOUTH DIVISION

Frontrunner: The South is wide-open. USC (4-2), UCLA (3-2) and Arizona State (3-2) each have two conference defeats. UCLA, however, has a head-to-head win over the Sun Devils. Both UCLA and Arizona State have yet to play USC. The Trojans have a tough game ahead against Oregon, while UCLA concludes its season against Stanford. The Sun Devils are at Oregon State on Saturday. Lots of football left here.

Contenders: Arizona is 2-3 in conference play but it has a head-to-head win over USC and plays at UCLA on Saturday. If the Wildcats win out, and the Trojans lose one more conference game, the Wildcats would win the South.