PHOENIX (AP) -- Just two years ago, the Pac-12 didn't come close to filling its bowl allotment, sending four teams to the postseason.
Two of those teams went to BCS bowls -- Oregon played for the national championship and Stanford played in the Orange -- but it wasn't what the conference was hoping for, even as a 10-team conference.
In its first season as the Pac-12, the conference bounced back, sending seven teams to bowl games a year ago.
It's even better this season: eight bowl-eligible teams, two possibly to BCS games, an outside shot at the national title game.
After a season of teams beating up on each other and some surprising upsets, the Pac-12 has re-emerged as a powerhouse conference.
"It's just indicative that this conference is really good and really competitive, and I think has done pretty well on a national scope," Oregon State coach Mike Riley said Tuesday.
There's still a lot to be decided in the final two weeks.
No. 15 UCLA has t...