Except for Washington, Larry’s League has become like the presidential debate: a gutter fight, not suitable for daytime television, in which you know good people are going to get hurt.

The league started FOUR games at 9:30 p.m. or later in the East on Saturday and lost two signature stars to injuries, both in defeats: tailback Christian McCaffrey of Stanford and UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen. For updates on these injuries please contact “Agent X” at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

As the clock approached midnight—in the WEST—the conference chugged and churned like an old Maytag washer as previously hopeless Oregon State outlasted previously respectable Cal, Arizona State handed a third-loss to UCLA, Utah rallied back against Arizona and late-riser Washington State sent Stanford football back to Buddy Teevens era.

Except for Washington, the Pac 12 is almost exactly what Rankman thought it would be when he had no conference schools ranked in his preseason top 10.

Actually, it’s worse near the top and better near the bottom, but does not significantly alter the premise that this is no way to get into the four-team playoff.

The Pac 12 is in trouble, except for Washington, which took advantage of the breeziest non-conference schedule—Rutgers, Portland State, Idaho—to hone what we knew was a talented roster.

Washington has emerged as one of the five best-looking teams this year along with Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.