Good morning, welcome to Week 11 of what’s been another great year of college football.
Oh, the Pac-12 won’t have a representative in the College Football Playoff this season.
In case you missed it, the Stanford Cardinal, behind three touchdowns from Heisman-chasing running back Bryce Love, upset No. 9 Washington 30-22 last night — the third such instance of a top 10 Pac-12 team losing on the road on Friday night.
Chris Petersen’s doomsday scenario has morphed into reality. Not only was Washington’s kickoff with Stanford not slated until 7:30 p.m. PT — 10:30 p.m. ET (!) — it got delayed because FS1 hadn’t finished broadcasting NASCAR truck racing.
The Pac-12 is the only Power 5 conference where every team has two or more losses — the first death warning sign of the league’s playoff resume.
Secondly, the league has virtually no significant out-of-conference wins. USC had to go to overtime with a middling Texas team, Washington’s non-conference schedule was indeed composed of cupcakes as was Washington State’s. Even Stanford’s best non-league matchup, San Diego State, was a loss.
Pac 12 game not on FS1 because of THIS!? pic.twitter.com/Hi3QEt7eTL
— Chris Dufresne (@DufRankman) November 11, 2017
There’s still a sliver of chance for true chaos to ensue in college football to re-open the door of possibility that the Pac-12 champion could sneak into the CFP — but man, that chaos would have to be truly unprecedented even by Iron Bowl Kick Six standards.
#Pac12AfterDark has been the moniker, the hashtag that fans use to embrace the league’s frequent late kickoffs. Perhaps they should have seen it as writing on the walls.
Want to know how to destroy your conference's playoff chances? #USC, Washington and Washington State all played Friday night road Pac-12 games on short rest when they were ranked in the top 10. All three teams lost.
— Max Meyer (@TheMaxMeyer) November 11, 2017
The league has lost eyes to late games being broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. Or Fox Business Network. Or after Friday night truck racing.
The Pac-12 was already facing an uphill battle to get to the playoffs — even if Washington won out, the Huskies were far from a shoe-in.
Instead, Larry Scott is the unofficial Icarus of College Football. In the commissioner’s pursuit to give the conference more visibility — a genuinely valiant effort that has indeed brought in more revenue to the league — the Pac-12’s wings to the playoffs have melted.
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