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Pac-12 division race breakdown 11/16: Washington State and Colorado in best positions

Five Pac-12 teams still have shots at winning a division

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The division races in the Pac-12 are still tight as ever with just two weeks left in the season. Here is how the division races shape up with just two games left on the schedule.


Control their own destiny

Washington State 8-2 (7-0)Remaining games: at Colorado, Washington

The Cougars are the last team undefeated in conference play and can clinch their division this weekend if Washington loses to Arizona State and they beat Colorado. It also gives the Cougars a nice buffer as they can lose at Colorado this weekend, have Washington beat Arizona State, and they still are fully in control to win the division outright if they win the Apple Cup.

Washington 9-1(6-1)

Remaining games: Arizona State, at Washington State

The Huskies are fine in the North as long as they win out and they could even lose to Arizona State Saturday and be fine if Washington State loses to Colorado. They can still also win the division outright if they win out and Washington State loses out.


Control their own destiny

Colorado 8-2 (6-1)

Remaining games: Washington State, Utah

The Buffs can clinch the South if they win this weekend and USC and Utah lose. They need to be careful with this weekend against Washington State though as a loss could open them up to a potential tie-breaker they would lose with USC, even if they beat Utah the week after.

Utah 8-2 (5-2)

Remaining games: Oregon, at Colorado

The Utes get their shot at the division as long as they beat a disaster of an Oregon team Saturday. They have the tie-breaker against USC and in a three-way tie scenario.

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USC 7-3 (6-2)

Remaining games: at UCLA, Notre Dame

The Trojans showed they might be the best team in the Pac-12 by beating Washington in Seattle. However, they still need help to win the South. The easiest, realistic way for them to win is to beat UCLA and have Washington State beat Colorado and then Colorado beat Utah.