Pac-12 South clinching scenarios: UCLA has straightest shot to title game
With just 16 days left and ticking to the 2014 Pac-12 Football Championship Game, there are only three things that are certain:
- The game will be played on Friday, Dec. 5 at 6 PM/7 MT at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
- The Oregon Ducks will represent the Pac-12 North.
- The representative from the Pac-12 South is anybody's guess at this point.
Luckily, thanks to the folks at Pac-12 Football Weekly, we can make sense of the chaos that is the hyper-competitive South division. Here's how each of the five teams still alive can punch their ticket to Silicon Valley to take on the Ducks.
The UCLA Bruins have the cleanest, simplest path toward the Pac-12 Football Championship Game. If they beat USC this Saturday (5 PM, ABC) and Stanford next week, they're in.
Arizona State controlled its own destiny until being upset by Oregon State this past weekend, but they still have an extremely viable chance of getting to the title game. They must beat Washington State this Saturday (10 a.m. PT/11 a.m. MT, Pac-12 Networks) and Arizona next week AND have UCLA lose to USC or Stanford.
The path for USC is also fairly simple – a win over UCLA coupled with an Arizona State loss in either of their last two games sends the Trojans to Santa Clara.
The Arizona Wildcats and Utah Utes have murkier and more complex ways to get to the title game, but as we've seen, anything can happen.
For the Wildcats, wins over Utah this week (12:30 PT/1:30 MT, ESPN) and Arizona State next week are musts, but they need help. That help comes in the form of UCLA beating USC and then the Bruins turning around and losing to Stanford next week.
Utah's path also includes wins in their final two games over Arizona and Colorado. They also need UCLA to beat USC, Stanford beating UCLA and the Wildcats knocking off Arizona State.
Catching your breath? So are we. Here's a grid of the important games to keep an eye on over the next two weeks of action:
|Nov. 22||10 a.m. PT/11 a.m. MT||Washington State at Arizona State||Sun Devil Stadium||Pac-12 Networks|
|Nov. 22||12:30 PT/1:30 MT||Arizona at Utah||Rice-Eccles Stadium||ESPN|
|Nov. 22||5 PT/6 MT||USC at UCLA||Rose Bowl||ABC|
|Nov. 28||12:30 PT/1:30 MT||Stanford at UCLA||Rose Bowl||ABC|
|Nov. 28||12:30 PT/1:30 MT||Arizona State at Arizona||Arizona Stadium||Fox|
|Nov. 29||TBD||Utah at Colorado||Folsom Field||Pac-12 Networks|
For the very latest on all these scenarios and everything else related to Pac-12 football, you can always watch Pac-12 Football Weekly every Tuesday night on Pac-12 Networks.