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Nov. 24, 1997

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1997 Pac-10 Standings
                  Conference  Overall   
*Washington State    7-1       10-1
UCLA                 7-1        9-2
ASU                  6-1        8-2
Washington           5-3        7-4
USC                  4-4        6-5
Arizona              3-4        5-5
Oregon               3-5        6-5
Stanford             3-5        5-6
California           1-7        3-8
Oregon State         0-8        3-8
*Rose Bowl Representative

Schedule
November 28
Arizona at Arizona State

Who is going where?
The only Pac-10 team that knows where it will be going bowling is Washington State. The Cougars are the conference's representative in the Rose Bowl, where they will face top-ranked Michigan on New Year's Day. The Cougs are currently co-conference champions with UCLA. An ASU win Friday against Arizona would also give the Sun Devils a share of the title. WSU is a lock for the Rose Bowl because of its superior overall record and its win over UCLA.

As of now, five other Pac-10 teams are eligible for post-season play because they have at least six overall wins --UCLA, ASU, Washington, USC and Oregon. Arizona could join the bowl-eligible crew with a win against ASU. Three of those five/six teams are guaranteed bowl bids because of Pac-10 bowl arrangements listed below. More than three teams could be chosen if the Alliance and/or bowls with open slots choose a Pac-10 team. As of now, none are certain of where they will go and they may not be until the Alliance announces its selections December 7.

Pac-10 Bowl Arrangements

The Pac-10 has guaranteed that four of its teams will appear in bowl games this postseason. The Rose Bowl gets the champion or winner of a tiebreaker if there are co-champions. If the Bowl Alliance does not invite a Pac-10 team, the second choice goes to the Cotton Bowl. If the Cotton Bowl chooses the WAC champion instead of a Pac-10 team, the Holiday Bowl will get the second choice of Pac-10 teams. The third choice of Pac-10 teams belongs to the Sun Bowl and the fourth choice goes to the Aloha Bowl. Furthermore, there are four bowl games with "open" slots, meaning it is possible for a fifth Pac-10 team with six Division I wins to be chosen. Bowl games with open slots are the Las Vegas Bowl, Motor City Bowl, Independence Bowl and Humanitarian Bowl.

Pac-10 Order of Choice
1. Rose Bowl
2. Bowl Alliance*
3. Cotton Bowl or Holiday Bowl^
4. Sun Bowl
5. Aloha Bowl

*The Bowl Alliance can, but is not obligated to, select a Pac-10 team
^If the Cotton Bowl selects the WAC champion instead of a Pac-10 team, the Holiday Bowl gets the choice

Pac-10 Rose Bowl Tie-Breaker Formula

The following is the Rose Bowl Tie Breaker formula for two- and multiple-team ties. If criteria 1 results in a tie, then criteria 2 is used. If criteria 2 still results in a tie, then criteria 3 is used and so on.

Two-Team Tie

If there is a tie for the conference championship, the Rose Bowl representative will be the:

1. Winner of head-to-head game

2. Team ranked first or second in the nation in the AP or Coaches poll.

3. Team with better overall record (so long as all opponents are Division I-A)

4. Team that has not played in the Rose Bowl for longest period of time

Multiple Ties

If there are three or more teams tied for the conference championship, the Rose Bowl representative will be the:

1. Team that has defeated all the others

2. Team ranked first or second in the AP or Coaches poll

3. Eliminate team defeated by all others and go to two-team tie formula

4. Eliminate team with worst overall record and go to two-team tie formula

5. Eliminate team with worst overall record and, if tied for worst overall record, most recently went to Rose Bowl and go to two-team tie formula.

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