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Mike Sorensen: Pac-12 may get more than its share of bowl berths

Published: Sunday, Oct. 27 2013 7:42 p.m. MDT

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Fresno State, which hopes to become the latest BCS buster, stayed unbeaten at 7-0, blocking a field goal at the end of regulation to defeat San Diego State 35-28 Saturday night in a game that ended well after midnight Utah time.

The Bulldogs were ranked 17th in the initial BCS standings last week and can earn a BCS berth by finishing in the top 12 of the BCS standings or in top 16 if they finish ahead of a bowl-eligible conference champion. That is, if they are the highest-ranked of non-BCS schools.

Utah was the original BCS buster back in 2004 and since then, Boise State, Hawaii, TCU and Northern Illinois have joined the club.

This will be the last year of the BCS, as next year a four-team playoff will be instituted and there will be a new method of choosing teams for the major bowls.
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panamadesnews
Lindon, UT

Right now (10/27) the top 8 PAC 12 teams are:
OR 8-0
STAN 7-1
OR St 6-2
AZ St 5-2
AZ 5-2
UCLA 5-2
WA 5-3
USC 5-3

It looks like, based on the above records, BYU's opponent would be AZ, AZ St, or UCLA, as the three are tied for 4th place. So whichever of those teams ends up 6th would be the opponent. Of course, there are several games left and things could change. We'll have to wait and see.

Jake2010
bountiful, ut

The better list would be:

Oregon 5-0
Stanford 5-1
Oregon State 4-1
ASU 3-1
USC 2-2
UCLA 2-2
Arizona 2-2
Washington 2-3
Washington St 2-3
Utah 1-4
Colorado 0-4
California 0-5

Based on these records, who is really the most likely 6th seed? Keeping in mind all the games still to be played and the effect they will have on the list as it is today? All the state and city schools will play each other. Based on that game alone the standings will either be solidified or modified accordingly. It is too early to even contemplate who the 6th seed is.

panamadesnews
Lindon, UT

@Jake2010:
You are right. My list is all games. Yours is the team's PAC 12 records, which is the criteria that will be used to determine who will be the 6th seed. Thanks for the correction.

Spoxjox
Redmond, WA

Pretty sure the PAC-12 teams are not seeded for the postseason. Rather, various bowls have contracted for the conference champ, then first pick, second pick, and so forth, for which pick they can select from any bowl-eligible team. "Sixth seed" is actually sixth pick, if I'm not mistaken.

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