Rapid reaction to the playoff rankings...
I cannot argue with these initial rankings (though I do understand why some feel a regional bias toward the B1G and SEC). To me Oregon is the best team in the Pac12 right now, notwithstanding the loss to Washington. We'll know for sure if they meet again in Vegas, which I hope they do. Now, how ironic the Pac 12 is being called from sea to shining sea the best conference in the land. Its just so sad - and seemingly unnecessary. Can you imagine the network interest now if the conference weren't already walking up to the gallows?
I had set lower expectations because of the matrix guy you had on your show yesterday with his #10 prediction for Oregon. So I’m thrilled because this confirms if we win out we are in!!! Let’s go Ducks. 💚💛🏈
I really wish the beavers had won last week. I’m hoping for an epoch showdown on Nov 24th. But if I’m being honest, I want the huskies to remain undefeated so we can deliver the blow in the championship.
Very exciting year. Heart still fractured over the PAC-12 demise (for now). I’m savoring every minute. May the best team win out!
Actually, Utah plays at Washington on 11/11 (Washington has remaining road games at USC & OSU, and home games versus Utah & WSU).
The exciting aspect of the next 4 weeks is that every game for UO & UW is a CFP elimination game. Every game for USC, OSU & Utah (and possibly, UCLA) is a potential Pac-12 Championship elimination game. I can't remember a time with so much being on the line (with many still to play each other) for those teams with only 4 weeks to go.
Ducks are in great position but more importantly are playing the most complete football I have witnessed in 40 plus years. If they keep improving week to week this could get interesting.
Another great article and a perfect reminder, this I supposed to be fun! I need to relearn a line from Bull Durham, just take it one game at a time and enjoy!
I hope to maintain this over the next month!
Today, Oregon looks like the best team in the Pac-12. However, football is very fluid in the Pac-12 and things could easily change dramatically Saturday. In fact, Cal is a much-improved team now that they have found their QB. They are dangerous. Could be particularly dangerous if the Ducks are looking past them towards USC the following week. It would mean a lot to Wilcox to win the finale for Cal in Autzen, where he and his family have a tremendous legacy. The Beavs had a trap game in Tucson last Saturday; Oregon has one in Autzen this week...and another two weeks from now with Arizona State the week before the Civil War. It will be very revealing how Oregon handles business this week.
I'm still doubtful Oregon and Washington are going to have a rematch in Vegas. It would be an outstanding curtain call on the final act of the Pac-12, particularly if Oregon beats Washington, but there are a lot of very dangerous and dicey games remaining for both the Huskies and Ducks. Nobody has a clue how this is going to end up - the conference is that good and unforgiving.
As Coach Lanning said, it takes execution, health and luck to get to the CFP. Let's all not get ahead of ourselves. There are a lot of obstacles for all these teams to overcome before the playoffs even begin. How lucky we PAC12 fans are to watch all this.
This is very exciting for the Pac! Dang of all seasons to shine; wish we were negotiating a TV deal now! I expected the Ducks to flip position with the Huskies, based on recent performances, but will have to wait for that in the pac championship game. November will be an awesome part of the season separating the real teams from the imposters. GO Ducks 🦆
John... You appear to be happier than I am. It seems to me that there is blatant regional bias impacting Washington. Michigan and Georgia have played NOBODY. (ABSOLUTELY NOBODY).
Washington's win over Oregon should put the Huskies in the top 3. But the committee stuck them down at #5.
Yes they have a clear path into the playoff. But they should not have to climb over others. They should already be ranked higher.
John, You and your column are "hitting on all cylinders" currently. Accurate summation of the situations for the PAC-12 teams. Well done, and thank you.
Utah was missing its #1 QB and still beat Florida. Oregon demolished Utah and Washington got the win over Oregon. So.. Not sure what Utah has to do with this anyway. Washington is the team that was underrated by the committee.
Georgia meanwhile managed to get through UT Martin, Ball State, UAB, and the bottom of the SEC. Not impressive.
The College Football Playoff bozo's really blew this one. How in their right mind could the Ducks not be ranked in the top 4!! Lunacy!!! How many other teams have the quality wins that the Ducks have? Beating our new in-state rival, Portland State, a top team in the Big Sky, isn't an easy feat. And with wins over powerhouses like Texas Tech and Hawaii, how can we be overlooked!! We also put a severe beating on those elitist brainiacs from Stanford. Yes, we did lose to Washington in the points game, but we out played them, it seems the CFP committee completely overlooked that. And yes, Utah wasn't playing at full strength, but that was a SUPER quality win. We're playing a powerhouse this week in the mighty Cal Bears, with a win over that great team I'm sure when the CFP meets again they'll elevate our Ducks to a top four ranking, if not they'll suffer the wrath of Mr. Knight!!
If the Huskies lose a game they should win (say WSU) and Ducks win out (not an unsound premise from an actuarial perspective...certainly within one standard deviation of the mean probability wise). Then if the Huskies win the Pac 12 championship game do they get shut out? I think they (and thus the Pac 12 ) would. Everyone has been saying "The Huskies have a mulligan", because they beat Oregon. Do they? I'm a Duck fan, but also a Pac 12 fan. I just don't see a mulligan for anyone but Oregon. What if the Huskies are undefeated going into Pac 12 Champ game? (Also very possible), then lose by 3 to Oregon in Vegas? I'd bet an American dollar they both get shut out due to West Coast Bias. But, I'd bet lots of American dollars the Huskies get shut out. Beaver and Coug fans should be rejoicing not complaining. Very easy/clear path to the playoffs every year after this. They are going to laugh all the way to the bank
It’s all in the Ducks hands!
Love it, John. I'm hoping at Autzen Saturday, they do a Special Recognition of Dave Wilcox!!
They're sporting a "64" decal on helmets this year
Bump UW up a couple spots. BTW the photographers you have do great work.