It was previously reported that the Pac-12 Conference would have North and South Divisions. That turned out to be right, but the divisions will look a little different.
The Pac-12 just announced its divisions for the 2011 season. They are as follows:
That would seem to give recent titans Oregon and USC a fairly clear path to future Pac-12 Championship Game clashes. But if those two teams were to meet next year, the game will take place not at a neutral site, but in either Eugene or Los Angeles.
That's because the Pac-12 additionally announced that the inaugural conference championship game will be hosted by the team with the best overall conference record. It's an interesting choice for a conference that spans the entirety of the West Coast, but would seem to be a good way of ensuring a full stadium.