UCLA’s victory over Arizona St. helped them get to the top of the PAC-12 South division, but with one game left they will have a tough time making the first ever PAC-12 championship game. Photo by Jason Lewis
By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor
UCLA may control their own destiny in terms of the PAC-12 championship game, but their chances are not very good for winning the south division.
With a few embarrassing losses this season (Texas, Stanford, Arizona, Utah), it is hard to imagine that UCLA is in this position to win the division. With USC serving the second year of their two-year bowl ban, UCLA has found themselves in the drivers seat with a direct road to the first ever PAC-12 championship game.
But UCLA is driving a car that is on the verge of falling apart and USC is a barrier that may be too tough to overcome.
USC is playing like one of the best teams in the nation right now, and UCLA does not compare to them at all. But if UCLA loses, they still have a chance. Not much of a chance, but a chance nonetheless.
If Utah loses against Colorado, then UCLA automatically wins the division.
UCLA cannot end up in a tie with Utah because they will lose the head-to-head tiebreaker. In the event of a three-way tie with Arizona St., then Arizona St. goes over both UCLA and Utah.
UCLA does not have to worry about Arizona St.’s match up against Cal, because UCLA holds the head-to-head tiebreaker against them.
Chances of Utah losing to Colorado are extremely slim, so UCLA will most likely have to knock off USC to get in.
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