Last week, Stanford defeated UCLA in the regular season finale. Six days later, it's a rematch for the Pac-12 championship. Which one of these Cal rivals will be the Pac-12 representative in the Rose Bowl?
2012 Pac-12 Championship Game
UCLA (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12) at Stanford (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12)
5:00 pm PT
When I was asked by one of CGB's most powerful figureheads if I could prepare and post the open thread for tonight's Pac-12 football championship game, I agreed to do it. Why? I thought I should do my part, pull my weight around here, save someone else the time and trouble, blah blah blah.
But I have to admit my heart isn't in this one. It is UCLA (Pac-12 South champions) vs. Stanford (Pac-12 North champions) in Palo Alto, with the winner getting the right to play in the Rose Bowl game. In other words, it is my two most hated football enemies playing one another for the right to play in a game that has eluded my beloved California Golden Bears for more than 50 years. If you can get into this one, more power to you. You are a better person than I.
As you probably know, this game is a rematch. Just six days ago, Stanford beat UCLA relatively easily, 35-17, in Pasadena. This time, the game is on Stanford's home turf (plenty of good seats available, amirite?). Is there any reason to believe that the result will be different?
Bill Connelly did a preview on this game. Since his SB Nation article definitively establishes that he cares about this game infinitely more than I do, I will borrow from his preview for your benefit:
This is your open thread for all the hot Pac-12 championship game action. If you're watching and want to talk about it, what better place than in the comments below? I'm not watching, so feel free to talk smack about me behind my back. I'll probably never see it. Enjoy the game -- if "enjoy" is the right word.