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Stakes are high for Oregon, Arizona in Pac-12 championship game

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2014, file photo, Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez reacts to a play against Colorado during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tucson, Ariz.  Arizona was a program in disarray when Rich Rodriguez took over as coach. Three years later, the eighth-ranked Wildcats won the Pac-12 South and playing for a conference championship, a rapid rise not even Rodriguez saw coming. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2014, file photo, Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez reacts to a play against Colorado during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tucson, Ariz. Arizona was a program in disarray when Rich Rodriguez took over as coach. Three years later, the eighth-ranked Wildcats won the Pac-12 South and playing for a conference championship, a rapid rise not even Rodriguez saw coming. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)  (The Associated Press)

National title implications, a possible Heisman Trophy at stake and a new $1.3 billion stadium to showcase the whole thing.

The Pac-12 will have the spotlight to itself Friday night when No. 3 Oregon (11-1) and No. 8 Arizona (10-2) meet in the conference championship game at sparkling Levi's Stadium.

The Ducks are all but guaranteed a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff with a win, and the selection committee could have a hard time keeping Arizona out if the Wildcats upset Oregon for the second time this season.

For all the success the conference has enjoyed in recent years, the Pac-12 has not celebrated a national champion since Southern California after the 2004 season.