Pac-12, Big Ten and ACC set to produce awful conference title-game matchups

COLLEGE FOOTBALL — Still long for the days of the Big 12 football championship game? Check out the potential matchups in every conference except the SEC and you may think again.
by Berry Tramel Published: November 9, 2012

photo - Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson, left, yells to his team during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Navy, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Annapolis, Md. Navy won 31-30. (AP Photo/Gail Burton). ORG XMIT: MDGB110
Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson, left, yells to his team during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Navy, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Annapolis, Md. Navy won 31-30. (AP Photo/Gail Burton). ORG XMIT: MDGB110

Back in 2004, the Big 12 South Division (yes, the Big 12 once had divisions) went 15-3 against its North Division comrades. Colorado and Iowa State tied for first place in the North, at 4-4.

By 2008, the Big 12 South had slipped. It went just 14-4 against the North.

That's the standard for division dominance, and it won't be matched in 2012. Not for lack of trying.

Three major conferences have lopsided divisions, for various reasons, which promise to offer up dud conference championship games the weekend of Nov. 30-Dec. 1.

Pac-12: The North Division is 12-7 against the South, and that's with Washington State going 0-2 with a loss to awful Colorado.

The top three teams in the Pac-12 are in the North – Oregon, Oregon State and Stanford. UCLA, at 4-2, leads the South, but the Bruins still have to play Southern Cal and Stanford. USC is 4-3 and Arizona State are 3-3, and they play Saturday.

Big Ten: The Legends Division (Nebraska, Michigan, Northwestern, Michigan State, Iowa and Minnesota) is 7-6 against the Leaders Division. Sounds like parity.

Except the best two teams in the Leaders, Ohio State and Penn State, are on probation and ineligible for the Big Ten title. Which makes Wisconsin, 3-2, and Indiana, 2-3, the contenders to play in the Big Ten title game. Indiana hosts Wisconsin on Saturday, which means the Hoosiers, losers to Ball State and Navy, control their own destiny.

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by Berry Tramel
Columnist
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 Oklahoman,...
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