Pac-10: True Champion

By Jason Owens - July 27, 2006

With the new 12-game regular season in college football, the Pac-10 will operate on a round-robin schedule starting in the fall. This will allow for a true conference champion in the Pac-10 for the first time. The new format is sitting well with coaches so far.

"It always brings up a question mark, or it can," said Oregon State coach Mike Riley of the old format. "(The round-robin schedule) just does away with that. This is the most fair way to do it."

Aside from teams not playing a full conference schedule, the old format had some other quirks. A computer used to determine the conference schedule and teams would play two or three consecutive years at another team's home field. Now all the teams play the home-and-home format, trading off every season.

Posted by Jason Owens at 01:21 PM on July 27, 2006

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