2014 Pac-12 Football Championship Game: UCLA controls its destiny in Pac-12 South
We already know the Oregon Ducks will represent the Pac-12 North at the 2014 Pac-12 Football Championship Game December 5 in Santa Clara. But whom will the Ducks face at Levi's Stadium? We'll have to wait one more week to find out.
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After a full slate of action Saturday, UCLA is the only team in the Pac-12 South that controls its destiny. The Bruins face Stanford on Friday in Pasadena (12:30 p.m. PT, ABC); a Bruins win over the Cardinal would clinch the Pac-12 South and earn a berth in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game in Santa Clara.
If the Bruins lose next week, then the winner of Arizona vs. Arizona State would be the lone team with two Conference losses and represent the South. The Sun Devils and Wildcats face off in the Territorial Cup simultaneous with UCLA-Stanford, 12:30 p.m. PT Friday on Fox. USC and Utah were eliminated from the division race following their respective losses on Saturday.
How Saturday unfolded, in additional detail:
No. 9 UCLA (9-2 overall, 6-2 Pac-12) took care of business Saturday night at the Rose Bowl, handing rival USC a 38-20 loss behind a big night from quarterback Brett Hundley. If the Bruins beat Stanford at home on Friday, the Pac-12 South belongs to UCLA. If the Bruins lose, the winner of Friday's Arizona-Arizona State matchup will earn a trip to Santa Clara to face the Ducks.
No. 13 Arizona State (9-2, 6-2) defeated Washington State, 52-31, on Saturday to keep the pressure on the Bruins heading into the final week of the regular season. But even if ASU beats Arizona in next week's big Territorial Cup matchup, the Sun Devils need Stanford to knock off UCLA if they want to reach the title game against Oregon.
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No. 15 Arizona (9-2, 6-2) remains alive in Pac-12 South race after an impressive 42-10 road win at Utah on Saturday. In order to reach the Pac-12 Championship Game, the Wildcats need to beat Arizona State on Friday in Tucson while UCLA has to lose to Stanford.
No. 19 USC (7-4, 6-3) suffered a crushing blow with Saturday night's 38-20 loss to UCLA in the Crosstown Showdown, as the Trojans now have three conference losses and no shot to take home the Pac-12 South title.
No. 17 Utah (7-4, 4-4) has been eliminated from Pac-12 South title contention after Saturday's loss to Arizona, which was the Utes' fourth conference defeat of the year.
Keep this Pac-12 football tiebreaker scenarios infographic on hand as the final week of the season unfolds, and check back at Pac-12.com for official scenarios, ticket information and more Pac-12 Football Championship Game details.