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Monday, December 6, 2021

Pac-12 preview: BYU sweeps, streaks of the rivalry week, split details, history in the Apple Cup and more

Twelve essentials for the 13th week of the Pac-12 season…

1. Does Brigham Young own, or rent?

Final bragging rights are on the line Saturday night at the LA Coliseum, where USC holds up the Pac-12 banner against BYU.

Will the Trojans be more successful than their peers?

With wins over Utah, Arizona State, Arizona and Washington State, the Cougars are 4-0 against the Pac-12 this season.

The five-game sweep would put a fitting bow on the Pac-12’s mediocre season and ensure years of sarcasm from a fan base that an invitation to membership never came through. (At least the Big 12 is finally called!)

But that’s not all: Because Washington State is alive in the race for the north, it’s possible that the 2021 season will conclude with BYU. both division winners,

In that case, the Pac-12 should seriously consider hiring a crisis communications firm.

The derision coming from Provo will be relentless, and merciless… and justified.

2. Coming to the divisions, the answer scenarios are as follows:

– Oregon wins the division with: A victory over Oregon State.

– Oregon State wins the division with: Victory over Oregon and Washington State’s loss to Washington.

– Wins division with Washington State: Victory over Washington and Oregon State’s victory over Oregon.

3. Oregon schools stopped calling their rivalry game Civil War in the summer of 2020 and did not settle on a new name.

In fact, they issued a joint statement this week, according to kezi.com:

“The Oregon-Oregon State Series remains a great rivalry, and we look forward to Saturday’s game. We have no updates at this time about any new names for the series.”

4. The Pac-12 bowl math is actually quite simple, considering what can be the case on the final weekend of conference games.

Qualification (six): Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State, Utah, ASU and UCLA

removed (char): Washington, Stanford, Colorado and Arizona

Need two wins (two): Cal and USC

Maximum bids possible: Seven (Cal and USC play each other next weekend)

5. We’ll look at some Apple Cup history later this week. According to the conference office:

For the second straight season and the first time in the Apple Cup, the Pac-12 will feature an all-black caretaker team including officials, position supervisors and game assessors. Last year, the conference made history with Stanford at a UCLA game, in which The first ever all-black umpiring crew.

6. Only one of the seven games this weekend is on the Pac-12 Network: the Territorial Cup, Saturday afternoon in Tempe.

Two games were cut for broadcast television, with Colorado-Utah (Friday) and Notre Dame-Stanford on Fox. (Joe Davis and the team announcing Brock Hurd luckily have both.)

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In a rarity, ESPN will air two Pac-12 games on Saturday, with Oregon-Oregon State at 12:30 p.m. and then USC-Brigham Young as the nightcaps.

7. Streaks of Rivalry Week Note:

Regional Cup: Arizona State has won four in a row over Arizona, including a 70-7 win last year. The Wildcats have not won in Tempe since 2009.

Apple Cup: Washington has won seven in a row over WSU. The Cougars have not won in Seattle since 2007.

Thunder in the Rockies: Utah has won four in a row (and eight of the last nine) over Colorado. Buffalo hasn’t won in Salt Lake City since 2011.

Oregon vs. OSU: The Beavers have not lived in Eugene since 2007.

8. Number of teams in the latest college football playoff rankings, per conference:

Big Ten: Five
SEC: Five
ACC: Four
Big 12: Three
American: two
Pac-12: Two
C-USA: A
Mountain West: One

9. Most successful teams in the Pac-12 against Prasar this season? Glad you asked.

According to TeamRankings.com, Washington State, Oregon State and UCLA are 7-4 so far.

On the other end of the spectrum: Stanford and Washington are 3-8 against the spread.

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