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Cal and Stanford Are Officially a Pair in the Pac-12



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    TUCSON, AZ - SEPTEMBER 25: Long snapper Matt Rios #50 of the California Golden Bears warms up on the sidelines during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Golden Bears 10-9. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    It's official. Cal and Stanford will be a couple while UCLA and USC are going steady.

    With the formation of the Pac-12, USC's worst nightmare is coming true. The current Pac-10 college division is adding two teams to its conference forcing it to split into two divisions to appease the almighty dollar.

    The split will pave the wave for a lucrative Pac-12 title game for football but it will also keep Cal and Stanford from automatically playing bitter southern rivals UCLA and USC.

    UCLA, Southern California, Arizona, Arizona State and conference newcomers Utah and Colorado will make up one division. Stanford, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State will be in the other.

    Football will be the only sport that is divided for the title game. Each division team will play each other during the regular season.