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Pac-12 to scrap divisions for football; winning percentage will determine title game participants

The Pac-12 on Wednesday began repositioning its football model, announcing a change in the process for determining the championship game participants.

Beginning with the 2022 season, the teams with the highest winning percentage in conference games — not the division winners — will meet for the title. The conference will maintain the division format, at least for the upcoming season.

Almost half of the 11 previous championship game matchups would have been different using the new process.

“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.