Week 11

USC 26, Washington 13: What Does It All Mean?


USC beats Washington 26-13 to shake up the Pac-12 and College Football Playoff race. What does it all mean?


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USC 26, Washington 13: What Does It All Mean?

Washington isn’t the sure-thing playoff team Clemson would be as a 12-1 Power 5 conference champion, but no way, no how, does the College Football Playoff committee leave out a 12-1 Pac-12 champ. It won’t happen, even if there are other impressive options who don’t win a conference championship, or a division, the Huskies will get in. This wasn’t a deathblow, but the Huskies have to be relatively impressive the rest of the way to make sure it secures is spot.

What’s USC’s path to get to the Pac-12 championship? It’s tough. It has to win at UCLA next week, and Utah has to lose once, and Colorado has to lose to Washington State. The problem? Colorado plays Utah to end the regular season, so if you’re a USC fan … go Cougs. And if Utah gets shocked by Oregon next week, all the better.

American already knew Sam Darnold was good, but even with his two picks, he threw for 287 yards, gutted out a few runs, and outplayed Jake Browning in a huge performance against a jacked-up defense in a nasty environment. He got help from a tremendous day from his offensive line, but all he did was set the bar at a whole other level for the offseason hype.

USC absolutely manhandled Washington’s offensive line. The Trojans were able to bother Browning like he hasn’t been all year long, and they stuffed the Husky running game to a dead stop. Myles Gaskin ran for just 51 yards on 15 carries, and as a team, Washington finished with just 17 yards on 27 carries.