How UCLA could win the Pac-12 title, or go without a bowl game, in one easy step


The Pac-12 sent out a release today laying out its tie-breaking proceedures — and making it known that, in fact, UCLA will “control its own destiny.”

But really, does anyone really have that power?

The Pac-12 north is pretty straight forward: Either Oregon or Stanford will host the conference title game. Oregon just has to win one of its last two, either against USC this Saturday or Oregon State later. Stanford can only win this division if it beats Cal on Saturday and Oregon loses its last two.

In the South, if UCLA wins its last two games against Colorado and USC, it makes it in. Incredibly.

If the Bruins win one and lose one, they could still be there — if ASU and Utah lose one more game in its last two.

Ridiculously, UCLA could also lose its last two and be the representative if ASU and Utah also lose their last two. UCLA owns the tie-breaker with ASU.

ASU wins the South if it wins its last two and UCLA loses one of its last two. If ASU wins one of its last two, it advances if UCLA loses both its two games. ASU has a tie breaker against Utah.

Utah could just as easily advance by winning its last two — against Washington State and Colorado — while ASU and UCLA finish the season with a loss during their final two games. Utah holds a tie breaker over UCLA.

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