2013 Pac-12 FCG participants set; rivalry games wrap up regular season
AROUND THE PAC-12
PAC-12 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PARTICIPANTS SET, SITE TO BE DETERMINED
North Division: STANFORD will represent the North Division in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game. It could still finish in a tie for first with Oregon, but holds the tie-breaker based on its head-to-head victory over the Ducks.
South Division: ARIZONA STATE will represent the South Division in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game. It could win the South Division outright with a victory over Arizona. Should Arizona defeat Arizona State and USC defeat UCLA. The Sun Devils and Trojans would finish in a tie for first, but Arizona State holds the tie-breaker based on its head-to-head victory over USC.
The FCG Host: Should Arizona State defeat Arizona, it would host the Pac-12 Football Championship Game. Should Arizona defeat Arizona State, the Sun Devils travel to Stanford where the Cardinal will host the Pac-12 Football Championship Game for the second consecutive year.
GAME THEMES: Apple Cup and Civil War kick off the weekend action with a pair of Friday rivalries. . . WASHINGTON looks to reclaim the Apple Cup behind their ground attack led by Bishop Sankey (143.1 rushing ypg), while Connor Halliday (355.0 passing ypg) will take to the air to help WASHINGTON STATE claim Cup rights for the sixth time in 10 years... OREGON is in search of its sixth consecutive 10-win season. However, OREGON STATE and Sean Mannion (371.1 passing ypg) look to snap a five-game skid in the 117th Civil War. . . COLORADO and UTAH go head-to-head with the victor escaping the cellar in the South Division. . . STANFORD dropped a 20-13 overtime decision to Notre Dame last season in South Bend, but have its sight set on revenge as the Irish come to visit. The Cardinal look to post their fourth consecutive 10-win season. . . The Victory Bell is currently in the hands of UCLA, but USC has held it 12 of the last 14 years and will look to get it back when the Bruins visit the Trojans n Los Angeles. . . The desert battle for the Territorial Cup will occur in Tempe with Pac-12 Championship Game location on the line. ARIZONA STATE’s rush defense (123.4 ypg) will key on ARIZONA’s Ka’Deem Carey, the second leading rusher in the FBS (155.9 ypg).
STILL COUNTING?: In each of the six conference games last weekend, the victor scored 38 or more points. It was the highest-scoring weekend in Pac-12/10 football history (conference games only), both by total points (463 pts) and by average per game (77.2 ppg). (courtesy of Bud Withers, Seattle Times).