Washington fans are probably out on boats enjoying the autumn-in-the-Northwest lifestyle or on their roofs cleaning out gutters. That is the life when UW has a BYE week and no stakes in the games that other teams are playing whether it be for the conference championship race or, even more ambitiously, a spot in the CFP debate. However, were you to ask them directly, you might find more than a gaggle of Dawg fans that are still rooting for a PAC 12 team to get into the Playoff debate if for no other reason than to set the stage for a compelling race next season where the Huskies project as a more competitive team.
So ... go Ducks?!?
In case you missed it, here are the updated CFP rankings from earlier this week.
PAC 12 fans are undoubtedly heartened to see both Oregon and Utah in the top 7, theoretically in range of a coveted end-of-season selection. However, there are two problems with this ranking as it stands. First is the fact that Alabama, who like both Oregon and Utah has no wins against top 20 teams this year, is still ahead of both PAC 12 teams despite their loss to LSU. Second, Minnesota, which was the week before ranked 17, catapulted into their cohort with a win over a top 5 Penn State. Those two factors reveal both how the committee feels about each of the one-loss teams’ losses and how they perceive the quality of Minnesota’s upset.
If the PAC 12 champ is to get into the CFP, they still need some help. Here is the rooting guide for PAC 12 fans watching football today.
Rooting Guide - Week 12
#5 Alabama at Mississippi State
Root for: a miracle
The Tide need to lose again somewhere along the way to eliminate any chance that they will sneak ahead of a one-loss PAC 12 champ. And before you start claiming that the PAC 12 champ has a chance at a catapulting quality win in the PAC 12 championship, consider the counter-balancing argument that the Tide are still the Tide and that Tua Tagoviola has been injured. The Crimson Tide need to lose once more.
#8 Minnesota at #20 Iowa
Root for: Iowa
Minnesota is now a mortal threat to create a two Big Ten team scenario. If they somehow beat both Iowa and Wisconsin and then fall to Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship, they will have a far more compelling resume than either PAC 12 candidate. Similarly, Minnesota could lose one of those two games, beat Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship and deliver the same two-team result. Better that the Gophers lose twice and make it a moot point. This Iowa matchup will be a challenge for them.
Indiana at #9 Penn State
Root for: a sloppy Penn State team
The Nittany Lions are also a threat to participate in a two-team Big Ten scenario. With one “quality” loss that is at least as good as Oregon’s to Auburn, the Lions still have a lot to play for. It would be good optics if they struggled with a not-as-good -as-their-record Indiana team this weekend.
#4 Georgia at #12 Auburn
Root for: duh
This game is probably the single most important game to watch this weekend if you are rooting for the PAC. The Bulldogs have one loss, control of the SEC East, and a clear shot at the SEC championship (which, of course, lends itself to a two-team SEC scenario with them and LSU). Auburn is playing for a shot at the NY6 with no real line of sight to a division title or the CFP. But what a feather in the cap for the Tigers should they hang a second loss on a top four team!
The dominoes really fall in the favor of the PAC 12 getting in should Auburn win this game. The pythagorean theorem that comes out of Oregon’s closs loss to Auburn in week 1 all of a sudden lifts both the PACs top two candidates. In addition, it eliminates Georgia - and by extension one “two SEC team” scenario - out of the equation. It would obviously also result in both Oregon and Utah moving up one more spot in the rankings should they each handle their business. So, yeah, this is a big one.
#10 Oklahoma at #13 Baylor
Root for: Baylor
The Big 12 is not getting a ton of press in the CFP debate right now, but that will change after this game. Either team stands to score a “quality win” coming out of it. But Oklahoma, should they win, would immediately become the one-loss team with the highest quality book of wins on their ledger. With Jalen Hurts still very much in the Heisman race, the committee might become much more generous with the ranking for the Sooners. Better for Oregon and Utah to not see that scenario happen, even if they have to suffer with another week of Baylor being undefeated.
Those are the big ones. Of course, everything depends on both Utah (vs UCLA) and Oregon (vs Arizona) handling their business. I’m a little uncertain about the Utes against UCLA. We shall see. Either way, it should be a fun weekend. This is your open thread for all of the action. Enjoy.
College Football TV and Streaming Schedule
|#5 Alabama at Mississippi State||9:00 AM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Indiana at #9 Penn State||9:00 AM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|#11 Florida at Missouri||9:00 AM||CBS||CBSSports.com|
|#14 Wisconsin at Nebraska||9:00 AM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Michigan State at #15 Michigan||9:00 AM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Kansas at #22 Oklahoma State||9:00 AM||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|
|VMI at Army||9:00 AM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Alabama State at Florida State||9:00 AM||ACCNX||WatchESPN.com|
|TCU at Texas Tech||9:00 AM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|UMass at Northwestern||9:00 AM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Tulane at Temple||9:00 AM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|UTEP at UAB||10:00 AM||ESPN3||WatchESPN.com|
|#23 Navy at #16 Notre Dame||11:30 AM||NBC||NBCSports.com|
|Idaho State at BYU||12:00 PM||ESPN3||WatchESPN.com|
|Troy at Texas State||12:00 PM||ESPN3||WatchESPN.com|
|Coastal Carolina at Arkansas State||12:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|UL Monroe at Georgia Southern||12:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|#2 Ohio State at Rutgers||12:30 PM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Wake Forest at #3 Clemson||12:30 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|#4 Georgia at #12 Auburn||12:30 PM||CBS||CBSSports.com|
|#18 Memphis at Houston||12:30 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|#19 Texas at Iowa State||12:30 PM||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|
|West Virginia at #24 Kansas State||12:30 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Central Michigan at Ball State||12:30 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech||12:30 PM||ACCNX||WatchESPN.com|
|Kentucky at Vanderbilt||12:30 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|#8 Minnesota at #20 Iowa||1:00 PM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Syracuse at Duke||1:00 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Hawai'i at UNLV||1:00 PM||Spectrum Sports PPV|
|Incarnate Word at New Mexico State||1:00 PM||None||FloFootball.com|
|Wyoming at Utah State||1:00 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|Stanford at Washington State||1:30 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Rice at Middle Tennessee||1:30 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Louisiana at South Alabama||2:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Southern Mississippi at UTSA||3:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|#1 LSU at Ole Miss||4:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|#17 Cincinnati at South Florida||4:00 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Air Force at Colorado State||4:00 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|#10 Oklahoma at #13 Baylor||4:30 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|#25 Appalachian State at Georgia State||4:30 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|South Carolina at Texas A&M||4:30 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Louisville at NC State||4:30 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Arizona State at Oregon State||4:30 PM||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|
|UCLA at #7 Utah||5:00 PM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|New Mexico at #21 Boise State||7:15 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Arizona at #6 Oregon||7:30 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|USC at California||8:00 PM||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|