The Conference of (real NCAA) Champions didn’t make it out of September before losing all its undefeated teams, which is quite impressive if you think about it. They just knocked each other off, one by one. Now, the Pacific-12 Conference is in a complete free-for-fall scrum when it comes to figuring out which school will end up on top.
As for the corrupt College Football Playoff and the league’s chances of making it, perhaps it is time to realize that the national “experts” won’t give the league any credit unless it produces a singular “super team” to match up against other super teams. Never mind the metrics or the polls (where the Pac-12 still have four teams ranked).
A 3-2 record with last week’s predictions leaves us with a 30-14 solid mark on the season—but not as good as last year’s pace, that’s for sure. Now, onto what happened in Week 5!
What Pac-12 team’s fans will be happy?
The Oregon Ducks did not play last week, as they watched the California Golden Bears drop from the ranks of the undefeated. The Ducks, the highest-ranked Pac-12 team right now at No. 13, are sitting pretty for a quiet, under-the-radar run to a CFP berth. The Ducks narrowly lost once, on the road to an SEC team now ranked No. 7, and if Oregon can run the Pac-12 table—which it is capable of doing—the conference may find itself in the national-title conversation by early December.
What Pac-12 team’s fans will be mad?
Take your pick. But we’re going to go with Washington. Despite beating USC at home this weekend, the Huskies have to be annoyed they let Cal beat them a few weeks ago on that same home turf. Otherwise, the league would have a Top 10 team with a legit shot at going to the CFP already. It’s always the close losses that bury a season in college football, and Washington won’t soon forget its 20-19 loss to the Golden Bears on September 7.
Big Performers of the Week
Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley accounted for nearly all his team’s touchdowns in a 38-13 victory over Washington State. He threw for two scores and ran for two others, as the Utes scored the final 24 points of the game to bury the Cougars after a relatively close first-half battle.
Meanwhile, Utah linebacker Francis Bernard was the star of the game defensively, as the Utes held the WSU offense in check for the final 30 minutes of play. He made 12 tackles and collected an interception, too, as the Cougars had to settle for a few field goals early and then never got on track in the second half at all.
Unlucky Team of the Week
Is it Washington State, simply because the school is stuck with Head Coach Mike Leach, a terrible human being and a rotten coach? Perhaps. Leach is a one-trick pony, unable to adapt to game conditions, as we have seen repeatedly during his tenure in Pullman. And after losing to Utah, he actually threw his players under the bus instead of taking the blame for the loss himself. Remember, this is a guy who blew the UCLA game two weeks ago by not running the ball with a sure-handed back, and he’s also the idiot who posts ridiculous political lies on the Internet. Sadly, WSU is on the hook for $5 million a year for this jerk, so that’s why the rabid Cougar fan base is the unlucky one of the week. Leach is an embarrassment to the university, period.
Big picture heading into Week 6
There are only four games this weekend, and two of them involve the league’s best two teams—the only two teams, perhaps, with a legit shot at running the table. Oregon and Washington will play later to decide the North Division crown, but this week, they each face the Bay Area teams, respectively, in matchups that could be trouble for both.
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