The Stanford Cardinal are Pac-12 champions after defeating the UCLA Bruins on Friday night in the conference championship game. The win caps a tremendous season for the Cardinal and earns them a spot in the Rose Bowl, making it the fourth consecutive season in which they will play in a BCS bowl.
The Oregon Ducks look likely to also make it to a BCS bowl, rumored to be the Fiesta Bowl, despite not making the Pac-12 Championship Game. Their only loss this season was to Stanford, a defeat that didn't just keep them from a conference title, but also ruined their chances at playing in the National Title Game.
Despite losing in Palo Alto, UCLA is still the Pac-12 South champion and can finish with 10 wins if they win their bowl game. Behind the Bruins, the USC Trojans and Arizona St. Sun Devils both went 7-5 with a 5-4 conference mark, although if a tiebreaker was needed, USC would get it based on their win over ASU. The Arizona Wildcats finished fourth in the division in Rich Rodriguez's first season and will be bowling.
Overall, it was a tremendous season for the Pac-12, although they will be disappointed that one loss kept Oregon out of the title game and some shaky officiating in South Bend kept Stanford from a chance to win there and make their own case for a spot in the top two. Eight conference teams won at least seven games, making two-thirds of the Pac-12 bowl eligible.
UCLA Bruins 9-4 (6-3)
USC Trojans 7-5 (5-4)
Arizona State Sun Devils 7-5 (5-4)
Arizona Wildcats 7-5 (4-5)
Utah Utes 5-7 (3-6)
Colorado Buffaloes 1-11 (1-8)
Stanford Cardinal 11-2 (8-1)
Oregon Ducks 12-1 (8-1)
Oregon State Beavers 9-3 (6-3)
Washington Huskies 7-5 (5-4)
California Golden Bears 3-9 (2-7)
Washington State Cougars 3-9 (1-8)