The Pac-12 is going to have the teams with the highest-winning percentage in conference games, instead of the division winners, play in the conference championship game beginning immediately. It will no longer just be the winner of the North vs. the South.
In the new format, five of the 11 previous championship game matchups would have been different.
So now winning the South Division won’t necessarily mean USC makes the Pac-12 title game. Eventually, the Pac-12 is supposed to eliminate the divisions.
“Our goal is to place our two best teams in our Pac-12 Football Championship Game, which we believe will provide our conference with the best opportunity to optimize (College Football Playoff) invitations and ultimately win national championships,” commissioner George Kliavkoff said.
“Today’s decision is an important step towards that goal and immediately increases both fan interest in, and the media value of, our Football Championship Game.”