Utah Utes running back Micah Bernard (2) celebrates after Utah beat the Oregon Ducks in the Pac-12 championship game at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
There are plenty of intriguing storylines for the Pac-12 entering the 2022 football season.
For starters, there’s the change in the championship game format, effective immediately. The league announced recently that when it comes to crowning a champion, divisions don’t matter anymore.
Starting this season, the Pac-12 championship game will feature the two teams with the highest conference winning percentage instead of two division winners.
That policy would have resulted in a different championship game matchup in five of the 11 years since the conference expanded in 2011.
Here’s how the Pac-12 Championship Game would’ve looked if the top 2 teams had made it every year, regardless of division 👀
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“Our goal is to place our two best teams in our Pac-12 football championship game, which we believe will provide our conference with the best opportunity to optimize CFP invitations and ultimately win national championships,” said Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff.
The decision was announced just moments after the NCAA Division I Council removed the requirements that dictate how conferences can determine a champion.
It’s expected that the Pac-12 will eventually eliminate divisions for football. When that happens, the league will need a change in its scheduling model. Currently, it’s based on divisional play.
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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News