Seven conferences down, three to go. This week we go over the Pac-12. Here are the 2015 Pac-12 standings.
Cardinal fell to Oregon by just two points on a failed two point conversion, the YPP numbers in the game were much starker. Oregon averaged over nine yards per play and outgained the Cardinal by three yards per play on average. Remove that game and Stanford’s YPP numbers are +1.15 instead of their solid, but hardly elite +0.74.
Speaking of Oregon and Stanford, even casual college football observers know they have dominated the Pac-12 North since the conference split into a pair of divisions beginning in 2011. Either the Ducks or Cardinal have won the North each season and gone onto defeat the South champion. The South on the other hand, has never had a repeat champion (UCLA appeared in the title game for two consecutive years thanks to postseason ineligibility at the other Los Angeles school) and four of the division’s six schools have represented the South in the title game in five seasons of divisional play. A half-decade into the new incarnation of the Pac-12, I wanted to take a look back and see which school has been the best in the South. Pac-12 teams play nine conference games, which includes four games against teams from the North. As those games can vary from very difficult (Oregon and Stanford) to piece of cake (Oregon State in 2015), I decided to look at only intra-divisional games. In other words, I only looked at contests involving Pac-12 South teams. The year by year and overall results are listed below.
beating Utah to end the 2011 regular season, Colorado is in the midst of a 20-game losing streak to divisional foes. Yikes! Somewhere Gary Barnett is smiling. Or more likely, looking the other way while sexual assaults happen.