Pac-12 race update: Week 14

November, 27, 2013
11/27/13
8:00
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More of a formality at this point given last week’s wackiness, but here’s where things stand as we head into the final week of the regular season.

North

Stanford locked up the North Division title with a combination of beating California and Oregon’s loss to Arizona. Saturday’s matchup against Notre Dame is nonconference, so it has no bearing on the Pac-12 standings. The Cardinal finish with a 7-2 record. The best Pac-12 record Oregon can finish with is also 7-2, but Stanford claims the division by virtue of a head-to-head tiebreaker with the Ducks. If Arizona State loses to Arizona, the Cardinal will host the Pac-12 championship game.

South

Arizona State knocked off UCLA last week in Pasadena, giving them their first Pac-12 South Division title. The Sun Devils are 7-1 heading into the Territorial Cup and could finish either 8-1, which would be the best record in the Pac-12, or 7-2. USC is 6-2 and could finish with an identical 7-2 record, but the Sun Devils hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Trojans (you might recall the significance of that game). If the Sun Devils beat Arizona at home, it will host the Pac-12 championship game by virtue of having the best league record. If the Sun Devils lose (the home team has lost the last four Territorial Cups) ASU would travel to Stanford because the Cardinal have a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Sun Devils.

As a reminder, here’s how the Pac-12 handles tie-breakers.

Two-Team Tie
  1. Head-to-head competition between the two tied teams. (a.) 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:
  2. Record in games played within the division.
  3. Record against the next highest placed team in the division (Based on record in all games played within the conference), proceeding through the division.
  4. Record in common conference games.
  5. Highest BCS Ranking following the last weekend of regular-season games.
  6. Total number of wins in a 12-game season. The following conditions will apply to the calculation of the total number of wins: (a.) Only one win against a team from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision or lower division will be counted annually. (b.) Any games that are exempted from counting against the annual maximum number of football contests per NCAA rules (current Bylaw 17. 9.5.2) shall not be included.
Multiple-Team Ties

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 games played within the conference), proceeding through the division.
  4. Record in common conference games.
  5. Highest BCS ranking following the last weekend of regular-season games.

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