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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

November 23, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Go figure: The Pac-12 title game might be going to Tempe . . .

It’s been a wild Pac-12 football season, one in which the North Division has been conceded to be superior — ergo, it would surely host the league-championship game.

Well, not so fast, my friend. Here we are on the weekend before Thanksgiving, and suddenly Arizona State is in the driver’s seat to host the game, with a big motivational edge on Stanford, the Pac-12 North winner.

To that, we can only say: Go figure.

Back on Sept. 21, Stanford hosted Arizona State and scored the game’s first 29 points on the way to a blowout win. ASU looked like a fraud.

Nine weeks later, here are the Sun Devils, 9-2 and 7-1, best record in league play, and if they can knock off Arizona next week, the homefield advantage is theirs facing the Cardinal in the league title game.

Stanford got the Pac-12 North title Saturday by virtue of Oregon’s complete collapse at Arizona Saturday.

Saturday’s games also flipped the trend of the first two years of Pac-12 title games, when Oregon hosted UCLA both times. It appeared that was a viable matchup again, but the games in Tucson and Pasadena turned that notion on its ear.

 

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