Pac-12 Championship Game: Uneven Divisions Make Title Game a Formality

Michael Mill@@MikeMill23Senior Analyst IIIDecember 2, 2011

EUGENE, OR - DECEMBER 02 : Quarterback Darron Thomas #5 of the Oregon Ducks warms up before the Pac-12 Championship game between the UCLA Bruins and the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on December 2, 2011 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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In the minds of many, the Pac-12 Championship Game was played on November 19th when the Oregon Ducks took on the USC Trojans.

The Trojans, who are banned from postseason play, are actually the top team in the Pac-12 South.

In my mind, the Pac-12 Championship Game was actually played on November 12th when Oregon took on the Stanford Cardinal.

However, the real game is tonight, and Oregon is actually taking on the UCLA Bruins.

The Bruins are 6-6 with a 5-4 record in conference play.

They are also 31.5-point underdogs in tonight's championship game.

This should stir up a little controversy when it comes to not only the Pac-12 but every other conference with split conferences.

The SEC, ACC and Big Ten all have divisions as well. The championship game is between the top teams from each division in the conference.

Shouldn't the game actually be between the two best teams in the conference?

Imagine if that were the case this year.

Virginia Tech would still play Clemson in the ACC Championship. Wisconsin would still be taking on Michigan State in the Big Ten.

However, in this game Stanford would be playing Oregon in an exciting rematch. That would definitely capture more attention than the current matchup.

LSU would be playing Alabama in the SEC Championship.

Talk about changing up the entire scheme of things in the BCS Championship Game.

However, we can't change things now. We are stuck watching Oregon blow out the Bruins instead of getting a competitive game.