Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
The Cardinal and Bruins will face off again Friday in Palo Alto.
The Pac-12 season concluded Saturday with Stanford playing UCLA, but the two teams will see each other again in less than a week. The Cardinal pounded the Bruins, 35-17, to finish a 10-2 (8-1) regular season and win the Pac-12 North. Stanford will host the league's championship game Friday, a rematch against the South Division champions. UCLA had wrapped up their division the previous week with a 38-28 win over rival USC.
The Oregon Ducks also finished 8-1 in the conference, but lost the division to Stanford due to their head-to-head loss to the Cardinal. The Ducks finished second in the Pac-12 North with a 48-24 win over Oregon State in the rival schools' annual Civil War game. While Oregon's BCS Championship chances were extinguished by their loss to Stanford, they remain a certainty for a BCS bowl slot. Oregon State finished the conference season 6-3 and third in the Pac-12 North after disappointing losses to both of the division leaders. Washington, Cal and Washington State round out the North standings.
USC, Arizona State and Arizona make up the pack that followed UCLA in the Pac-12 South. All three teams finished 7-5 overall after Arizona State's comeback 41-34 win over Arizona and USC's loss to No. 1 Notre Dame on Saturday night. Utah, which scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to hand Colorado its eleventh loss of the season Saturday, finished 5-7 and fifth in the division. Colorado's season is finally complete, with one win against eleven losses.