This season the Pac-10—whoops, I mean the Pac-12—will be the latest to expand and host its own conference championship game. While much of the talk is about the Big Ten and the potential matchups there, the Pac-12 is no slacker.
In the North it appears as though Oregon and Stanford will hammer it out to see who can both win the division and host the title game, since the team with the best record gets home field. In the South, wide-open could be the word with Arizona State, Utah and USC, who could play spoiler since it seemingly has little to play for other than pride in 2011.
So which games are the ones that will shape the conference race?
Here is a look at 10 games that will shape the race, impact bowl position and possibly choose a national champion.
We start with the games earliest on the calendar and will move on all the way until Thanksgiving weekend.