One far-fetched question to ask before this year’s Pac 12 champion gets left out of the playoff and makes preparations for the Fiesta Bowl.
Is there any two-loss playoff argument USC could win?
Wow. Sorry. Too soon, or too late?
This is NOT me trying to upset Kirk Herbstreit’s intestinal workings but, with deference and due respect, why has a two-loss champion Ohio State been anointed?
Again, not trying to step out of my lane here–I’m just asking for a Passive 12 friend.
God knows there is no two-loss scenario for Washington or Washington State.
Please, though, let me expunge this from my system and then we’ll all roll over and retreat into a perpetual state of Pac 12, after-darkness.
Shred and dismiss this story, obviously, if a Washington defeat over Washington State in the Apple Cup allows three-loss Stanford to win the conference title on Dec. 1 in Santa Clara.
But what if USC wins out to finish 11-2? Are there really no scenarios in which the Trojans can sneak in? Nate Silver’s 538 blog gives USC a 25% chance, but that was dismissed by the ESPN jaw firm of Fowler & Herbstreit.
They’re probably right.
It is remarkable, though, how little push-back there ever is from Pac 12 push overs.
I stand by my statement the College Football Playoff has been infinitely fairer to the Pac 12 than the BCS. I proved it the first year by comparing the average committee ranking to the AP and USA Coaches poll.
The Pac 12 has also gotten two schools, Oregon and Washington, into the first three playoffs. We have so much to be grateful for yet, the conference still has an uncanny history of not being able to line up its satellite coordinates. Like the fast kid in school, it always gets its lunch stolen.
The Pac 12 had, at face, a decent overall season. It had no major embarrassments in non-conference. San Diego State over Stanford? Ok. Memphis over UCLA, it turns out, wasn’t an upset. Memphis is 9-1 and ranked No. 17 in this week’s AP poll.
Washington State did not even lose this year to Eastern Washington or Portland State. Larry’s League is a respectable 27-8 in non-league play with Notre Dame at Stanford left in the bag. That record includes a 2-0 mark against the SEC West, the top ranked division in this week’s Sagarin Ratings.
The Pac finished with a 6-2 record against the other Power 5 leagues.
Yet, even in a year when it appears a two-loss champion could get it, the Pac is going to get left out. At least that’s what they’re saying on TV.
Somehow, the SEC has three teams in the top 10, all controlling their own playoff fate in a year when the SEC is extremely mediocre beyond Alabama, Auburn and Georgia.
The SEC West is top-heavy potent, if not piss-poor at the bottom, while the SEC is ranked the No. 9 division in Sagarin.
How does the SEC do it!!
This has all the makings of too-bad condolences for the Pac and I can’t honesty find a viable, arguable rat-maze route to the Top Four except one: USC vs. Ohio State.
Again, just asking, why can’t USC compete in that argument?
USC currently owns the No. 16 strength of schedule in Sagarin, compared to No. 49 for Ohio State. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.