If Oregon and UCLA meet in the inaugural Pac 12 Championship Game and no one watches, will it even happen? That is more or less the scenario facing the Ducks, who will meeting the 6-6 Bruins in the least-anticipated matchup of all the 2011 Conference Championship Games in prime time on Friday night.
How bad is it? Register-Guard columnist George Schroeder sums up the game and sticks a bow on it:
It’s too bad there’s no skipping ahead, no way to fast-forward Oregon into the Rose Bowl. We’d all be better off.
Quick, what’s your worst-case scenario for the Pac-12’s inaugural championship game? You’ll have a hard time surpassing this:
The actual South Division winner is ineligible to participate. The runner-up is 6-6, coming off a 50-0 loss to the actual winner. Oh, and then the runner-up fires its coach.
To their credit, Oregon is not taking UCLA lightly, getting an early jump on practice during the short week.
"I think we’re relishing the chance to play in this game. And it’s always easier when you’ve reached the end of the tunnel, to see the light and push toward it, " guard Carson York told the Register-Guard columnist.
For more on this game, keep up with our comprehensive 2011 Pac 12 Championship Game: Oregon Vs. UCLA StoryStream and visit UCLA blog Bruins Nation and Oregon blog Addicted To Quack. Head over to SB Nation NCAA Football for more on Championship Weekend.