This Week in Pac-10 Football
Dec. 9, 2001
OREGON TAKES PAC-10 CROWN:
Oregon, which shared the Pac-10 title last year, won it outright this season with a 7-1 mark. It is the seventh Conference championship for the Ducks and the first outright since 1994. Oregon also ended the regular season ranked No. 2 in the polls.
THE BOWL PICTURE: Following is the Pac-10 Bowl lineup:
Day/Date Time (PT) Game TV Opponents
Tue., Dec. 25 12:30 Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl ABC USC (6-5) vs. Utah (7-4)
Thu., Dec. 27 1:00 Seattle Bowl ESPN Stanford (9-2) vs. Georgia Tech (7-5)
Fri., Dec. 28 5:30 Culligan Holiday Bowl ESPN Washington (8-3) vs. Texas (10-2)
Mon., Dec. 31 11:00 Wells Fargo Sun Bowl CBS Washington St. (9-2) vs. Purdue (6-5)
Tue., Jan. 1 2:00 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl ABC Oregon (10-1) vs. Colorado (10-2)
PAC-10 IN THE POLLS:
Oregon ended up ranked second in both the final regular season polls, leading four Pac-10 teams ranked in the Top 25. Six Conference teams earned mention in the polls. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the final regular season AP (media) and ESPN/USA Today (coaches) polls, plus the final BCS rankings:
Team AP ESPN BCS
Oregon (10-1) 2 2 4
Stanford (9-2) 11 11 9
Washington State (9-2) 13 13 12
Washington (8-3) 21 20 15
UCLA (7-4) t34 39 --
USC (6-5) -- 37 --
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 posted a stellar 24-6 (.800) regular-season mark vs. non-conference foes, 22-6 (.786) vs. Division I-A opponents. Included is an excellent 4-2 mark against teams rated in the Top 25. The .800 winning percentage is the best mark among the Division I-A conferences and is the Pac-10 best out-of-league mark since 1988 (29-7). Six of the Conference's 10 teams went 3-0 vs. non-conference opponents--Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Washington State.
In 40 Conference game this year, the home team held just a 23-17 advantage.