If one-loss Washington wins out it might clearly be deserving of a spot in the four-team playoff.

But not get in.

If two-loss Colorado wins out it might clearly be deserving of a spot in the four-team playoff.

But not get in.

If three-loss USC wins out it might clearly be deserving of a spot in the four-team playoff.

But not get in.

Welcome to life in the Passed Over 12.

The Pac 12’s concerted effort to gain a football foothold in the national narrative is clearly not working. Despite more money, more exposure and private-plane junkets to ESPN’s Bristol Headquarters, Larry Scott’s league is fighting the same perception problems Tom Hansen’s league did.

Blame it on time zones, late games and bias. Blame it on Rio if you like, but it’s real.

To the outside world, except for USC, the Pac 12 is a last-call afterthought in an east-coast saloon. After the Trojans everyone has Attention Deficit Disorder.

How else do you explain Texas A&M being ranked ahead of Washington in the first College Football Playoff ranking? Or 8-3 Stanford still not being ranked in the AP or USA Today coaches’ poll? With a win over USC?

Nine out of 10 dentists recently surveyed had no idea Christian McCaffrey was still in college and actually leading the nation again in all-purpose yardage.

Stanford was so LAST year.

Most of the 2016 playoff scenarios I heard by the talking heads this weekend involved the Pac 12 getting left out, not in.

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