Sources: Pac-10 talks title game

Updated: September 23, 2010, 1:16 PM ET
By Joe Schad | ESPN

Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Seattle and Glendale, Ariz., are among sites being discussed as Pac-10 title game locations, sources said Wednesday.

Other sites that could be suggested are San Francisco, Oakland and San Diego.

The title game also could be played at the campus of the higher-seeded team, a possibility because given the geographical expanse of the conference, the driving distance to a centralized location would pose a difficulty.

The ACC, for example, has been hurt by poor attendance when the participants were not conveniently located near the chosen site of the championship game.

Las Vegas would be considered because of its centralized location and attractiveness as a destination, though stadium size would be a concern.

Bad weather could be a concern in Seattle, and using the Rose Bowl when regular-season games are played there might make it a less unique attraction than an NFL venue.

The Pac-10 athletic directors will meet Oct. 6-7 in San Francisco, and the presidents and chancellors will convene there Oct. 21. Splitting the divisions also will be discussed. A "zipper concept" -- dividing natural rivals into opposite divisions -- is an option.

Another concept to be raised is splitting the northern and southern schools but using three scheduling "pods" of four teams to provide a rotating schedule that would allow northern teams to play in California regularly. Under that scenario, each team would not be guaranteed to face each divisional opponent every season.

Joe Schad cover college football for ESPN.

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