Pac-12 Bowl Grades
Pac-12 Bowl Grade: D+
Pac-12 Straight Up: 0-2
Pac-12 Against The Spread: 0-2
It would’ve been nice if the conference got to take away something from this bowl season. The Pac-12 only had two shots at doing anything, and it sputtered in both.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, the grades don’t add up, but even though Colorado and Oregon were underdogs, this bowl season confirmed that the Pac-12 – at least this year – is the distant fifth-best conference of the Power 5
The Pac-12 champ lost to the Big 12 championship loser, and a Colorado team that was the third or fourth best team in the Pac-12 got trucked by the third-best team in the Big 12.
Colorado Bowl Grade: C-
Line: Texas -8, o/u: 65.5
Prediction: Texas 37, Colorado 23
Final Score: Texas 55, Colorado 23
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The Buffs were big underdogs – they weren’t supposed to win this – but it wasn’t just that they got their doors blown off. They were -3 in turnover margin, allowed 260 yards of total offense, and they just couldn’t find anything that consistently worked on either side of the ball. It’s fine, the team got to a good bowl game, but this also showed just how far the program has to go.
Oregon Bowl Grade: C-
Line: Iowa State -4, o/u: 58
Prediction: Oregon 26, Iowa State 24
Final Score: Iowa State 34, Oregon 17
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Oregon was the Pac-12 Champion. That might not have meant as much as it usually does in this weird year, but it still never raised the level of its game to where it needed to be. This was a good, sound, veteran Iowa State team the Ducks lost to, but they had more talent.
They had more next-level guys, and they never, ever looked or played like it as they were pounded on and thoroughly outplayed. Worst of all, this game raises a whole slew of question marks going into the offseason and about the team going forward.