UCLA is 9-3. All 3 losses were in conference games. Stanford is 11-2. Both losses were in conference games. Same with Arizona, Washington and others - all losses were to Pac-12 teams. In short, playing a 9-game conference schedule ends up putting extra losses on Pac-12 teams. Compare with the SEC, which has 14 teams but only plays 8 conference games. Many of them were taking a break in the middle of their conference schedule to play 1AA or Sun Belt teams in November. Will the 9-game schedule benefit the Pac-12 when we go to a playoff and Strength of Schedule comes into play? Or is it simply human nature for voters to look at a 10-2 team that played 9 conference games and 2 other BCS opponents in the non-conference (like Oregon) and rate it lower than an 11-1 team that played 8 conference games and 1 other BCS opponent in the non-conference (like Ohio State)? No conference played a tougher schedule this year than the Pac-12. The Pac-12 won big in its non-conference matchups. The Pac-12 has 1 team in BCS bowl games.