Pac-12 Football Championship Game tiebreaker explanation

A series of tiebreakers are used to determine which two teams match up in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game. Final standings in each division are ordered top to bottom (with the top team in each division playing for the title) based on the following criteria:

  1. Conference winning percentage
  2. Number of conference wins

Two-team ties If two teams are tied for a division championship, head-to-head results between those two teams are used as a tiebreaker to decide who participates in the Football Championship Game. 

Multiple-team ties If three or more teams are tied atop a division at the end of the season, the following criteria are used to eliminate teams until just two teams remain, at which point the two-team tiebreaking procedure is used.

  1. Head-to-head results (best record in games between tied teams)
  2. Record in intra-divisional games
  3. Record against the next highest placed team in the division (based on the record in all conference games), proceeding through the division
  4. Record in common conference games
  5. Highest ranking in SportSource Analytics poll entering the final weekend of the regular season

[Related: Latest Pac-12 football standings]

Home team determination tiebreaker The division champion with the best conference record is designated as the home team in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game. If the two teams are tied, the following criteria are considered.

  1. Head-to-head results, if applicable
  2. Record against the next highest placed common opponent in the conference (based on the record in all conference games), proceeding through the conference
  3. Record in common conference games
  4. Highest ranking in the SportSource Analytics poll following the final weekend of regular season games
  5. Coin toss
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