SCENARIOS: How Oregon, Oregon State, and Washington State could clinch the Pac-12 North
It’s the final week of the Pac-12 regular season, and the Pac-12 North division has yet to crown a champion. Three programs are still alive: Oregon, Oregon State, and Washington State. The Ducks remain in the driver’s seat despite stumbling at Utah; a win over Oregon State puts Oregon back in the Pac-12 Championship Game where they would rematch with the Utes. Below are the paths each program needs to unfold to clinch the North and keep alive their Rose Bowl hopes.
The Pac-12 Championship Game is Friday, Dec. 3rd at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, home of the NFL’s Raiders. It will be televised on ABC at 5pm.
Washington State (5-3)
We list Washington State first on this list, because they play first this week. Friday’s Apple Cup at Washington (4:30pm on 750 The Game; TV: FS1) will dictate the true stakes of Saturday’s Ducks-Beavs rivalry game. If the Cougars beat the Huskies (Betting line: WSU -1.5), they become big Oregon State fans on Saturday. A Wazzu victory paired with an Oregon State victory gives Washington State the North division title and a spot in the Pac-12 Championship.
However, if the Cougars lose to Washington…
Oregon State Beavers (5-3)
The Beavers have a shot at the North title, but they need a WSU loss in the Apple Cup. Should that occur, Oregon State can claim the Pac-12 North with an upset victory over rival Oregon (Betting Line: UO -7). It would be the first time since the conference expanded to 12 teams that OSU would win its division and play in the conference title game.
Oregon Ducks (6-2)
Oregon needs to beat Oregon State in the annual rivalry game (Saturday, 12:30pm, ESPN). A win clinches the North division title for a third straight year. It would also set up a rematch against Utah, who just throttled Oregon 38-7 in Salt Lake City to clinch the South division title.