You had one job, Pac-12. ONE … JOB …
Auburn 21, Washington 16.
Oh, COME ON, Pac-12.
Really? Washington invented new and creative ways to botch opportunities in the loss to Auburn. It was the one time to get any national respect for the league, AND YOU BLEW IT.
Really? Bryce Love runs for 29 yards against San Diego State?
Really, UCLA? CINCINNATI?! At home in a 26-17 loss?! You can’t beat Cincinnati, a team that had to scratch and claw to score 26 points all of last season?
And … REALLY, ARIZONA? What the hell was that against BYU? That gameplan with Khalil Tate was the equivalent of having Tom Brady run the triple-option. One of the most dynamic players in college football carrying the ball just eight times for 14 yards is football malpractice.
And now, that’s it.
USC doesn’t exactly seem like the type of team good enough to go pillar to post with just one loss. Oregon and Stanford are fine, but neither one is going 12-1. And now, with that Washington loss, that might be it.
On a College Football Playoff four-best team theory, even if the Huskies go 12-1 … how? How can you argue that the Pac-12 champ – if it’s a one-loss Washington – is good enough to be any better than, say, the fourth best team in the SEC or Big 12?
Of course, the argument would be that it was a tough fight in a hostile environment, but whatever. Unless Auburn gets back to the SEC Championship, no … just, no. That was the game the Pac-12 had to win, no matter what, and it didn’t.
That doesn’t mean the conference can’t and won’t be fun – more on Arizona State in a moment – but …
Washington lost to Auburn.