Previously the Big Five, Big Six, and the Pacific-8, the Pacific-10 Conference will soon become the Pac-12 as two new teams will become members during the summer: the Colorado Buffaloes and Utah Utes.
It calls itself the "Conference of Champions" because it is home to the three teams with the most NCAA championships in the nation: UCLA, Stanford and USC.
Maybe they aren't as strange as the team names in other leagues, but there are definitely a few odd mascots and nicknames in the Pac-12 Conference.
Thankfully, there are answers for those who may not know the origins of each school's traditions and are curious to learn.
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