Six years ago, to most Pac 10 fans, Utah and Colorado were skiing destinations–not threats to win an auto bid to the Rose Bowl.

I don’t know where to begin trying to explain this week’s Pac 12 standings, but let’s try January of 2011.  Auburn had just defeated Oregon, 22-19, on a last second field goal to win the BCS national title.

Oregon Coach Chip Kelly said on the field after that loss, in Arizona, “We’ll be back.”

Oregon would, Kelly wouldn’t.

There was a lot to imagine back then about where the Pac 10 was going. The future, other than USC being on NCAA probation, seemed bright enough.

What could not be fathomed was a time machine flash-forward in which, in late October of 2016, something called the Pac 12 South division would be led by Utah and Colorado.

Yet, here we are, and it’s mind-boggling.

First, that it ever had a snowball’s chance of happening. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.