Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Pac-12 race update: Week 11
By Kevin Gemmell
As we turn the corner and head for home, nothing is set in stone yet. Here's a quick look at how the divisions stand.
Front-runner: Oregon is still the leader of the pack as the conference's only undefeated team. Sitting pretty at 9-0, 6-0, the Ducks have complete control. Keep winning, and they'll represent the North Division.
Contenders: The top two contenders meet this week with Stanford hosting Oregon State. Both have matching 5-1 conference records, so the winner picks up a critical tie-breaker over the other. If either of these teams can win out (Stanford faces Oregon next week, OSU the week after) then they will hold tie breakers over Oregon and win the Division.
Front-runner: UCLA sits atop the standings with a 7-2 overall record and a 4-2 mark in conference. Every other South opponent has at least three conference losses. The Bruins already have a tie-breaker over Arizona State, so if they win out -- which includes tough games against USC and Stanford -- they win the South.
Contenders: Arizona's loss to UCLA was a huge favor to USC -- who can still win the division by winning out and not having to worry about a tie-breaker with the Wildcats, who now have four conference losses. Then again, they have to beat ASU and the Bruins -- who stomped Arizona last week. Arizona State is the other three-loss South team and they face the Trojans this week in a game that will likely clear the South landscape a bit. If ASU wins, the Bruins are in really good shape since they hold the tie breaker over the Sun Devils.