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March 6, 2008 at 10:22 PM

Standings update

First, here are the updated conference standings:
UCLA 15-2
Stanford 13-4
WSU 10-7
USC 10-7
ASU 8-9
Arizona 8-9
Oregon 8-9
Washington 7-10
Cal 6-11
Oregon State 0-17
What I messed up earlier and am fixing now is that Cal could still win at UCLA Saturday. So, if the Bears do that, and Cal and UW tie (if the Huskies lose to the Cougs), the Bears will get the tiebreaker on UW due to having beaten the Cougars and/or USC. (The next tiebreaker after head-to-head is record vs. teams occupying the highest position in the standings. Both teams would have beaten UCLA once and been swept by Stanford. Cal, however, has wins over both USC and WSU, the teams tied for third at the moment.)
Otherwise, if Cal loses to UCLA, the Huskies are assured of no worse than eighth place in the Pac-10 (which doesn’t mean much in terms of the Pac-10 as UW and Cal will play each other if they finish eighth and ninth, no matter the order. The higher-seeded team, however, gets to wear home uniforms).
The only way now that UW can finish any higher than eighth is by beating Washington State Saturday.
But if the Huskies beat the Cougars, there are some scenarios in play.
As you can see, Arizona, Oregon and ASU are all a game ahead of the Huskies.
Since Arizona and Oregon play Saturday one is assured of winning (something even Pac-10 officials probably can’t screw up), so one of those two teams will finish ahead of UW, meaning the best the Huskies can do in any circumstance is sixth.
Since ASU plays at Oregon State and is almost certain to beat the Beavers, it’s realistically now a huge longshot to finish any better than seventh.
But, if UW were to win and ASU and Oregon were to lose Saturday, the Huskies would finish sixth thanks to having beaten UCLA (since UW, ASU and Oregon all split with each other, the tiebreaker of wins against teams occupying the highest position in the final standings comes into play. UW gets the nod there due to its win over the Bruins).
That scenario wouldn’t hold if Oregon beats Arizona. If UW, Arizona and ASU all finish tied the Sun Devils get the nod since they swept the Wildcats this year. In a scenario where UW, Arizona and ASU all tie, ASU would be sixth, the Huskies finish seventh and Arizona eighth due to UW’s win over the Bruins.
If ASU beats Oregon State, the Huskies can finish no better than seventh no matter what they do. But if ASU and UW both win, the Huskies would indeed get seventh, and the loser of the Oregon-Arizona game would fall to eighth, again due to UW’s win over UCLA.

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