Pac-12 Championship History
2012 Pac 12 Championship Game Preview:
The 2012 Pac-12 Championship game was won by the Stanford Cardinals 27-24 over the UCLA Bruins. The Bruins led 24-17 going into the fourth quarter behind two big James Franklin touchdown runs, but Stanford completely a 26-yard TD pass and a 36-yard field goal to take the lead. The game was played in Stanford Stadium, with an attendance of 31,622 and Stanford QB Kevin Hogan was named game MVP.
2011 Pac 12 Championship Game Preview:
The stage is set for the inaugural Pac-12 Championship game, which will pit the winner of the conference’s North division—the nationally ninth-ranked Oregon Ducks (10-2; 8-1 Conference)—against the South-winning UCLA Bruins (6-6; 5-4 Conference).
While the Ducks tied the BCS Bowl-bound Stanford Cardinal for the lead in the North, a win over Stanford earlier in the season punched their ticket in. Head coach Chip Kelly is looking for a win to end his season bowling for Roses, as a win puts his Ducks, led by juniors quarterback Darron Thomas and running back LaMichael James, in the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2012.
The Bruins took a more circuitous route to secure their entry, being the beneficiary of both a Utah loss in the last week of the regular season and the ineligible status the USC Trojans, who actually led the South with a 7-2 in-conference record. Many expect this to be the last game for head coach Rick Neuheisel (unless the Bruins receive a bowl-eligibility waiver), so expect him to throw everything including the kitchen sink to thwart Oregon’s chances at playing on the Bruin’s home field during Bowl Season.
Expect a high-scoring affair at Autzen Stadium on Friday, December 2.