Stanford 30, Washington 22: What It Means For The College Football Playoff
Stanford and Bryce Love knocked Washington and the Pac-12 – almost certainly – out of the national title race. What does it all mean for the College Football Playoff race?
Final Score: Stanford 30, Washington 22
Prediction: Washington 24, Stanford 16
Line: Washington -6, o/u: 45
One conference down.
What have we all learned about the College Football Playoff chase? It hates two-loss teams, and now, with Stanford and Bryce Love dumping Washington, that effectively ends any and all Pac-12 College Football Playoff hopes. But more on that in a moment.
Where has THIS been? Yes, Bryce Love has been banged up for the last few weeks, but where was this Stanford back when it lost to San Diego State? The defense played salty, the defense rose up when it had to, and there was a real, live passing attack thanks to K.J. Costello’s 16-of-27, 211-yard day. But, of course, the night belonged to …
Bryce Love and his Heisman moment. It probably wasn’t enough to make him any sort of a front-runner – most of the nation was sleeping – but it was a heroic effort on a bum leg. Hurt, he not only carried Stanford to a win to keep Pac-12 title hopes alive, he just knocked out an entire conference.
The quickness was still there, and the burst was amazing, but more than the 166 yards and the three touchdowns was his toughness. He wasn’t healthy, and yet he still barreled through the great Washington defense with 30 carries. Because of it, Stanford had the ball for over 36 minutes as the offense converted 10-of-18 third down chances.
Washington did what it could offensively to come back, but field position was a problem, and the O just couldn’t get control of the game. Jake Browning was Captain Checkdown, completing 17-of-23 passes for 190 yards. but it was Myles Gaskin who came up big with 120 yards and three scores on 18 carries.
What Does It All Mean For The College Football Playoff Race?
There you go, Wisconsin.
There’s some help for you, TCU, Oklahoma, Clemson, Miami, and potentially any one-loss Power Five champion.
And there you go, Notre Dame, and possible Alabama/Georgia SEC Championship loser – if that’s the matchup.
Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Clemson, Miami, TCU, Oklahoma. At the moment, there are eight teams left for four College Football Playoff spots, and four are guaranteed a loss. The big winner after Stanford’s win? Any one-loss Power Five champion, two-loss Auburn & Big Ten East.
The SEC Championship loser probably got a little help, too.
But really, it’s all about the other Power Five champs. Even if USC rolls the rest of the way, the Pac-12 is effectively out.
TCU vs. Oklahoma and Notre Dame vs. Miami – you’re next up.