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Pac-12 roundup: Colorado becomes fifth team to win South Division crown

Five teams in five years representing the South in the Pac-12 Championship Game

Utah v Colorado Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

If you think the Pac-12 South is predictable, then, well, you have no idea what predictable actually means.

2016 is the fifth year of the existence of the Pac-12, and the Pac-12 Championship Game. And after Saturday, five different schools have now won the South.

The Colorado Buffaloes needed a win over the Utah Utes to win the division, and seal the biggest one-year turnaround in the history of the Pac-8/10/12.

They did all of those.

The Buffs led throughout the night in a close battle, and got a nice little field rush in for good measure after the 27-22 victory.

Also, Sefo Liufau is one touchdown away from becoming the school’s all-time passing TD leader. Not bad.

Washington Huskies 45 - Washington State Cougars 17

Colorado will face UW in Santa Clara on Friday night thanks to the Huskies absolutely throttling the Cougs in Pullman. This one was never close as Washington got out to an early 21-3 lead just ten minutes into the game.

Jake Browning was spectacular (21/29, 292 yards, 3 TDs), and the Dawgs added three rushing TDs to go with that. The Pac-12 Championship Game will take place at 7 PM on Friday, and will be shown on FOX.

But the Pac-12 site had nine teams in the game at one point:

UCLA Bruins 10 - California Golden Bears 36

The only South team not in the Championship Game is UCLA, so of course, they fired offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu on Sunday, which means Josh Rosen will have three OCs in three years in Westwood. The Bruins finishing 4-8 is one of the biggest shocks of the year, and somehow Jim Mora still has his job as of Sunday.

Oregon Ducks 24 - Oregon State Beavers 34

See, Oregon State’s not that awful.

Oregon is though, and they are expected to fire Mark Helfrich at some point according to reports. To make Duck fans even madder than they already were, Nike founder Phil Knight wasn’t even at the Civil War. He was in Ohio State’s locker room after the Buckeyes beat Michigan. Also, noted booster Pat Kilkenny wasn’t at the rivalry game either. Things are not great in Eugene after a 4-8 season.

Non-conference action

Because of USC’s deal with Notre Dame, both the Trojans and the Stanford Cardinal were playing non-conference games in the final week of the year. Stanford housed an awful Rice team, while USC did the same to a similarly awful Notre Dame team.