First Pac-12 Title Game Produces Dud

First Pac-12 Title Game Produces Dud

On the last day of practice before the UCLA Bruins made their unlikely trip to the inaugural Pac-12 Conference championship game, the players hoisted fired coach Rick Neuheisel on their shoulders and carried him off the field while singing the school fight song.

Probably figured they wouldn’t get another chance.

The Bruins are everybody’s punching bag as they arrive for what was supposed to be the grand celebration of the league’s new era — the very reason it expanded to a dozen teams in the first place.

But rather than a glamorous marquee matchup of two nationally ranked teams, the league’s first title game at Autzen Stadium on Friday night features the high-powered 10-2 Oregon Ducks against … the Bruins, who finished 6-6, lost their regular-season finale 50-0, fired their coach and backed into the title game because the USC Trojans are ineligible and the Utah Utes couldn’t beat Colorado at the end of the season.

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