“Will somebody else please step up?”

Rankman has been screaming it for years; that the Pac 12 can never be fully respected (especially in Dixie) until a school other than USC wins a national championship in football.

Is this finally the year? (probably not, the odds are against it, the playoff committee would never allow it, but indulge me here).

Let’s review: in the BCS era, Oregon has made it to the title twice, in 2010 and 2014—and lost both times. UCLA was the first No.1 in BCS standings history (1998) but that almost seems longer ago than the Battle of 1066.

Stanford has been a powerhouse for several years now but doesn’t seem suited for the college football playoff model. The Cardinal, first under Jim Harbaugh and now David Shaw, are built like your granddad’s favorite NFL team, where the goal is to win close games in the fourth quarter.

Here’s the problem: you can afford a few close losses in the NFL and still make the Super Bowl, but only one two-loss team in the BCS era (LSU in 2007) has won the championship. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.