College football: Go with Stanford to upset home team Arizona State

by Berry Tramel Published: December 6, 2013
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The Pac-12 is considered the second-best league in college football this season. Maybe so. But the Pac-12 remains rinky-dink in the way it crowns a conference champion.

The Pac-12 title game is played on the homefield of the team with the best conference record. That means 8-1 Arizona State hosts 7-2 Stanford.

Every other major conference uses a neutral field. The SEC in Atlanta. The Big Ten in Indianapolis. The ACC in Charlotte. The Big 12 settled on Arlington, back when it had a championship game.

But the Pac-12 gives homefield to, in this case, the inferior team.

Arizona State is 10-2 overall, but one of the victories was a referee-induced home win over Wisconsin. The Sun Devils lost 42-28 at Stanford back in September.

Arizona State is a 3 1/2-point favorite, but the wrong team is favored. Go with Stanford in the upset.


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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