It’s almost game week for the second Pac-12 Football Championship Game, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. Pacific on Fox. Once again, the team with the best conference record will host the game, pitting the North and South Division winners against each other for the Pac-12′s automatic berth into the Rose Bowl.
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One half of the matchup is already set. By virtue of a 38-28 win over rival USC, UCLA is the South Division winner and will travel to the North Division winner for the Championship Game. The game between the Cardinal and the Bruins will help determine the North Division winner by virtue of conference record. Here’s the rundown on who can make it, where the game might end up and a recap of the bowl possibilities for conference teams.
Oregon (11-1, 8-1 Pac-12)
Thanks to a win in the Civil War against Oregon State, Oregon is still in the running for the conference title but will need some help. The only way the Ducks would win the division and host the Pac-12 Championship Game is if UCLA beats Stanford at the Rose Bowl. If the Cardinal win, Chip Kelly’s team is done with the regular season and will await bowl selections. Given their No. 5 ranking in the BCS standings, Oregon only needs to move up one more spot to secure a berth in one of the BCS bowls other than the Rose Bowl.
Stanford (9-2, 7-1)
Thanks to its huge road win at Oregon, Stanford is in control of its own destiny for the Pac-12 title and the Rose Bowl. To put it simply, win and they’re in. If the Cardinal tops the Bruins in the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Stanford would win the North Division and host the Pac-12 Championship Game against UCLA six days later. If Stanford were to lose, their regular season is over and they’ll finish second in the North Division to Oregon.
UCLA (9-2, 6-2)
The Bruins have secured a return trip to the Pac-12 Championship Game no matter what else happens around the league. Thanks to Oregon’s win in the Civil War, UCLA is on the road for the conference title game no matter what. If UCLA gets beat by Stanford, both teams will head to Palo Alto to play for the conference title. If the Bruins win, UCLA will travel to Eugene in a repeat of last season’s championship setup.
Out of the Pac-12 title hunt, but are going to a bowl game:
Pac-12 bowl lineup:
BCS National Championship Game (if team is ranked in the BCS top 2)
Rose Bowl Game
Valero Alamo Bowl
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl
Hyundai Sun Bowl
MAACO Bowl Las Vegas
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Gildan New Mexico Bowl