Stanford, UCLA a surprising Pac-12 title matchup

Stanford, UCLA a surprising Pac-12 title matchup
Stanford running back Kelsey Young, right, steps over an attempted tackle by UCLA linebacker Jordan Zumwalt, left, for four yard during the third quarter of their NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Pasadena, Calif. Stanford won 35-17. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — As part of senior day celebrations held earlier this month for Stanford's final home game of the regular season, outgoing players wore T-shirts that read: "Last Walk."

Fifth-year linebacker Chase Thomas joked Sunday that players are "going to have to change the date" on those mementos.

While Andrew Luck is gone, the eighth-ranked Cardinal (10-2, 8-1) are surprisingly where they've wanted to be all along: hosting the Pac-12 Conference championship game Friday night in a quick rematch against No. 17 UCLA (9-3, 6-3), which overtook preseason No. 1 Southern California to capture the South Division crown.

A week after Stanford stunned Oregon in overtime, the Cardinal crushed the Bruins 35-17 at the Rose Bowl to seal a spot in the title game and set up a Part II.