Pac-12 race update: Week 10

October, 30, 2013
10/30/13
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From now until the end of the season we’ll be doing a quick snapshot on where things stand in the divisional races every Wednesday. Here’s where we are heading into Week 10.

North

Oregon (8-0 overall, 5-0 Pac-12) is in the driver’s seat and leads the division with an undefeated record in conference play. Stanford (7-1, 5-1) is right behind, so obviously next week's showdown will have a massive bearing on the outcome of the division. Oregon State (6-2, 4-1) is next on the list, with its only conference loss coming to Stanford. The Beavers' best chance would be to win out, which means beating Oregon in the season finale, and for Oregon to beat Stanford next week. The Cardinal would have two conference losses and the Beavers would own the tie-breaker over Oregon. Stanford and Oregon both control their own destiny, so they just need to win out. With losses to Stanford and Oregon, Washington and Washington State are way behind in terms of tie breakers.

South

Arizona State (5-2, 3-1) is in control as of now -- its only conference loss was to Stanford. UCLA (5-2 overall), Arizona (5-2), and USC (5-3) are all 2-2 in league play. This means the remaining month and change is going to get messy. USC has a tie breaker over Arizona, but the Wildcats haven't yet played ASU or UCLA. The Sun Devils and the Bruins square off on Nov. 23 in the game that many feel will determine the division title. However, it probably won’t seal the deal, as both of those teams have their rivalry games in the season finale against Arizona and USC, respectively.

And because we are a full-service Pac-12 blog, we figured you’d appreciate a dusting up on the Pac-12’s tie-breaker rules.

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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