What’s it going to take to get to the 2019-2020 College Football Playoff? Here are the five things the Pac-12 has to do to get in.
What has to happen for the Pac-12 to get a team into the College Football Playoff? Along with the obvious – just win everything, and get in – here are five key steps for the conference to make it.
5. Win A Big Freaking Non-Conference Game Already
Outside of a random victory over Notre Dame here, or a random victory over Notre Dame there, when was the last time the Pac-12 won a really big non-conference game on a national scale.
Arizona State beat Michigan State last season, but the Spartans turned out to be mediocre.
As it turned out, Auburn wasn’t anything special, and it whacked the eventual Pac-12 champion Washington team 21-16 in the opener last season.
On the flip side, UCLA was embarrassed at home by Cincinnati, the Kevin Sumlin Arizona debut was a flop with losses to BYU and Houston, and USC got destroyed by Texas.
It’s hard to get noticed by the rest of the college football world if you’re not doing anything interesting.
This year, the Pac-12 needs to generate a buzz from Day One.
Arizona has to crush Hawaii on August 24. That’s not a big game, but the world will be watching.
Utah … beat BYU. Stanford … beat Northwestern. USC … beat Fresno State. And most of all, Oregon has GOT to beat Auburn in AT&T Stadium.
Along the way during the season …