The college football postseason is going to be something special in 2014, especially with the addition of a new four-team playoff. However, winning your own conference should still be the primary goal, as higher goals aren't usually attainable without the league belt.
In the Pac-12, all of your regulars are sitting at the table hoping for more than just a piece of the pie. The past two years have seen Stanford take home the prize while the three years before that, it was all Oregon. UCLA is also a strong contender, and there's a growing buzz about Washington with Chris Petersen at the helm.
The rules are pretty simple, and you're likely returning from a four-year expedition with no cell service or Internet if you're just now hearing about the Pac-12 title game. The winner of each division, the North and the South, will meet up in Santa Clara at Levi's Stadium (this part's new) for the right to be called conference champion.
So which teams will face off on that special December day? Will it be a surprising newcomer unfamiliar with competing for titles in recent years? Or will it be a matchup so obvious that we can predict it six months ahead of time?
Here are the five most likely matchups for the 2014 Pac-12 championship game.