What a send-off this would be for the Pac-12. The conference that was constantly left out of the four-team College Football Playoff, getting two teams into the top four in the final year of the conference.
The Pac-12 is becoming the Pac-2 with Oregon State and Washington State the only two teams left behind, so it would hurt even worse for those fanbases to watch their in-state rivals both play for a national championship. So, how could it happen?
- Georgia beats Alabama
- Michigan beats Iowa
- FSU loses to Louisville
- Texas loses to Oklahoma State
- Oregon beats Washington (but it’s close)
Nothing like adding the “but it’s close” caveat to a playoff scenario, but it’s a real factor. A close loss for Washington would be the only chance of this scenario happening because otherwise the committee could just go with Ohio State over the Huskies, and a two-loss Oregon definitely isn’t getting in.
A lot needs to break right for the Pac-12 to see two teams in the playoff, but with how strong that conference has been all season, I think they might deserve it.