Wild-card playoff update entering October: the conference’s only unbeaten team is Colorado, ranked No. 22 in the latest USA Today coaches poll and No. 21 in the AP.
You could say the Pac 12’s only undefeated school is getting the “Group of Five” treatment except Central Florida, out of the American, is ranked No. 12 in the AP.
Once again, the Pac 12 just can’t get its playoff eggs in order. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Colorado at 4-0 appears to be very formidable and could even boast about a huge win at Nebraska if…
…this was 1997 and Scott Frost was the quarterback, not the coach.
Nebraska in 2018 is one of the worst teams working the major college circuit, one of four schools without a victory. That club includes UTEP, San Jose and UCLA.
Colorado, to my mind, is the real deal and starting to look like the program I thought it could be when it joined the Pac in 2011. I looked pretty dumb early when I predicted CU, even though it was struggling, was a better long-term fit for the league than Utah. Then the Buffs unveiled seasons of 3-10, 1-11, 4-8, 2-10 and 4-9.
But this team, circa 2018, looks like some of the rough-and-tumble Ralphie teams we knew in the early 1990s and even under Rick Neuheisel and Gary Barnett.
Too bad Colorado won’t get a sniff of playoff consideration unless the SEC files for bankruptcy.
This is just the way it always goes. Colorado played what seemed to be a formidable non-conference schedule with away-from-home games against Colorado State and Nebraska.
Colorado State, in fact, beat Arkansas, which would be big news if this was 1964. And, oh, and Arky is CSU’s only win so far this season.
Colorado of Boulder, despite its impressive start, doesn’t appear to have enough coal to shovel into the steam train. Thanks in great part to Nebraska (0-4) and CSU (1-4) and a most recent win over UCLA (0-4), the Buffs own the No. 121 schedule rank in this week’s Sagarin ratings.
That ought to knock the socks of the selection committee, huh?
Colorado also resides in the lowly Pac South Division, ranked No. 7 by Sagarin.
The power in the Pac is in the North, which has not one, not two, but THREE one-loss teams ranked ahead of CU in the AP poll—Washington (10), Stanford (14) and Oregon (18).
Wait, it gets worse, because Colorado misses Oregon and Stanford this year, leaving AT Washington on Oct. 20 as its biggest statement chance.
Everything the SEC gets right about playoff timing and maneuvering; the Pac 12 continues to get wrong—almost every year.
Stanford likely missed its chance by letting a potentially close loss at Notre Dame last weekend turn into a 38-17 playoff (likely) eliminator.
Coach David Shaw, down double digits, also allowed Bryce Love to receive a hand off on a third-and-21 situation that almost certainly called for a pass. Of course, on the play, Love re-injured the ankle he has been protecting for what seems like years.
Oregon is back and very exciting, running an offense Chip Kelly would kill for and led by a Justin Herbert, a potential very high NFL pick.
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