In case you haven’t heard, the soon-to-be PAC-12 brass announced details of the conference’s football divisions, which will begin play for the 2011 season. The basic idea: the Washington schools, the Oregon schools, and Stanford and Cal will be in the PAC-12 North division; the Arizona schools, the Los Angeles schools, and conference newcomers Utah and Colorado will play in the PAC-12 South.
The California schools will continue to play each other every year, which leaves Stanford 2 games per year in which to play the Arizona schools and Utah and Colorado (alternating between the 4 on a two-year basis). The conference championship game will also be the first in the country to be played on the home field of the conference’s best team (determined by regular season conference record) rather than in a neutral, NFL stadium. Here’s a nice interview with PAC-10 Commissioner Larry Scott from last night:
We also suggest the following videos and articles on the new conference football divisions:
- Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel on the divisions and championship game
- On the location of the championship game
- General overview of the goings-on