The Pac-12 flexed it's collective muscle this bowl season, picking up a combined record of 6-2, easily the best winning percentage of the Power Five Conferences.
Pac-12 still leads bowl standings at 6-2. SEC 6-5 Big Ten 5-5 ACC 4-7 Big 12 2-5— Pacific Takes (@PacificTakes) January 3, 2015
Those two losses though? Both of them occurred inside the state of Arizona. So if you remove that from the equation, the Pac went undefeated!
There's also this stat, which I'm not really sure what it proves besides the fact that the Pac-12 didn't play a lot of Power Five schools in non-conference play this year.
Records vs. Power 5 schools (nonconference + bowls) Pac-12 13-3 ACC 12-13 SEC 11-11 Big Ten 11-15 Big 12 5-11— Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) January 3, 2015
Here's a quick look back at how each team fared:
Oregon Ducks: 59-20 win over Florida State in Rose Bowl
The Ducks still have another game to play on Monday the 12th as they'll take on Ohio State in the National Championship Game. But man, Oregon is carrying that Pac-12 flag high and proud, and has people talking about this being the best football season in the history of the conference because of it.
Star of the game: Darren Carrington. How about seven catches for 165 yards and two touchdowns?
Stat of the game: Five FSU turnovers. Good job, good effort Jameis Winston.
Arizona Wildcats: 38-30 loss to Boise State in Fiesta Bowl
Star of the game: Thomas Sperbeck. Arizona allowed the Boise receiver to get 12 catches for 199 yards. That's the second-most receiving yards in Fiesta Bowl history.
Stat of the game: 3 yards allowed by Arizona in the third quarter. Still unreal that the offense couldn't take advantage of that.
USC Trojans: 45-42 win over Nebraska in Holiday Bowl
Star of the game: Adoree' Jackson. A kick return for a touchdown, and a receiving touchdown. Nice night.
Stat of the game: 5.7 yards per rushing attempt for the Trojans ended up being the difference.
UCLA Bruins: 40-35 win over Kansas State in Alamo Bowl
Star of the game: Paul Perkins. 194 rushing yards on 20 attempts and two touchdowns.
Stat of the game: UCLA rushed for exactly 300 more yards than K-State (331-31)
Arizona State Sun Devils: 36-31 win over Duke in Sun Bowl
Star of the game: Demario Richard. The ASU freshman picked up four total touchdowns (2 rushing, 2 receiving).
Stat of the game: +2 turnovers. ASU got a pick at the end of the game to get the victory. Those two Duke turnovers ended up being the difference.
Utah Utes: 45-10 win over Colorado State in Las Vegas Bowl
Star of the game: Travis Wilson. One passing TD and three rushing TDs in his final game. Not a bad way to go out.
Stat of the game: Utah was 9-14 on third down while CSU was 1-10. This also had another 300+ yard discrepancy in rushing yards (359-12 Utah).
Stanford Cardinal: 45-21 win over Maryland in Foster Farms Bowl
Star of the game: Remound Wright. Three rushing TDs on just eight carries. Pretty good ratio.
Stat of the game: Maryland averaged 0.6 yards per rushing attempt.
Washington Huskies: 30-22 loss to Oklahoma State in Cactus Bowl
Star of the game: Brandon Sheperd. Five catches for 98 yards and a TD, plus he threw a 20-yard pass for OSU.
Stat of the game: 49 rushing attempts by the Cowboys, allowing them to hold on to the ball for over 35 minutes.
Overall, a really good showing from the Pac-12, and we'll all be rooting for you next Monday Oregon.