This Year In Pac-10 Football
PAC-10 TITLE/BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME BERTH FOR OREGON: OREGON successfully defended its Pac-10 title and have now captured the Conference crown in back-to-back seasons for the second time in school history. The Ducks also achieved back-to-back titles in 2000 and 2001, although they did share the 2000 title with Oregon State. . . . The Ducks finished the year 12-1, setting a school record for wins in a season, and finished 9-0 in Conference play. . . . Coming in at No. 2 in the final BCS Standings, Oregon earned a shot at the national title in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game.
STANFORD MADE IT TWO PAC-10 TEAMS IN BCS BOWLS: STANFORD posted its best regular season finish in school history with an impressive 11-1 record, with its only loss coming at league champion Oregon. The Cardinal reached No. 4 in the final BCS Standings and received an automatic at-large berth in a BCS Bowl and headed to Miami for the Discover Orange Bowl, where they knocked off Virginia Tech to finish the year with a 12-1 record. . . . Since the formation of the BCS, it marks the third time the Pac-10 has two teams participating in BCS Bowl games - Also achieved in 2000 (Washington - Rose Bowl, Oregon State - Fiesta Bowl) and 2002 (Washington State - Rose Bowl, USC - Orange Bowl).
12-1: Oregon and Stanford posted 12-1 records, marking the first time in Pac-10 history that two teams each posted 12 victories in a season.
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 finished the 2010 season with a 23-12 (.657) mark against a formidable slate of non-conference opponents, the 27th straight year the Conference compiled a winning record against outsiders. The non-conference schedule was formidable in that 28.6% (10 of 35) of the opponents were ranked in the Top 25 when the Pac-10 played them and 31.4% (11 of 35) ended up in the Top 25 in the final polls.
RUSH TO JUDGEMENT: Six Pac-10 players rushed for at least 1,000 yards, equalling a Pac-10 best that was established in 2008. Those individuals included - LaMichael James, Oregon (1,731 yards); Chris Polk, Washington (1,415); Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State (1,184); Shane Vereen, California (1,167); Stepfan Taylor (1,137); Johnathan Franklin, UCLA (1,127).
SPRING FOOTBALL: No time like the present to start preparing for the 2011 Pac-12 season. Here are the dates for spring practices around the conference:
Arizona: March 21-April 16
Arizona State: March 22-April 23
California: March 29-April 30
Colorado: March 11-April 9
Oregon: March 28 or 29-April 30
Oregon State: March 28-April 30
Stanford: Feb. 21-April 9
UCLA: March 31-April 23
USC: March 22-April 23
Utah: Mar. 8-April 16
Washington: March 29-April 30
Washington State: March 7-April 16