I vouch for BYU and Utah.
The Pac-10 I think is the only conference whose arch rivalries are written in stone. Those rivalries are based on the state they are in, too.
I agree that the Pac-10 (Pac-12) will avoid a championship game, but if they do have one...
But that's just me... ::)
Makes perfect sense to me, but I heard/read somewhere that the Pac-10 wouldn't be interested in those two. I don't know what the basis is. I've also heard/read a lot about Colorado and Colorado State.
Of course, why CSU as opposed to Utah (great for basketball) or Hawaii or SDSU or even New Mexico (attendence for football could be issue).....other than the fact that if Colorado goes, CSU is the natural choice since Pac 10 teams come in twos as you stated:
Oregon - Oregon State
Washington - Washington State
Arizona - Arizona State
USC - UCLA
Stanford - Cal
I swear I've never seen a conference so perfectly balanced for season ending rival to rival play!! It would almost be disappointing to see them take two teams from different states!
If up to me I would organize the divisions a little differently though ATrain:
South: (I wouldn't break up the California teams)
If they did get funky and take Colorado and someone else, then I'd put them in the South, just to make sense:
Utah (BYU, SDSU, HI, etc.)
Just my thoughts