Post by Trojangles on Nov 26, 2019 11:34:12 GMT -8
A week ago, it looked to be a slam-dunk that either Oregon or Utah would find their way into the CFP Final Four.
Then, the Ducks lost, and after counting all the comparison marbles, it seems clear that dream flew away. Even the Wall Street Journal said so this morning. So, it's Goodbye Pac-12 and good riddance too. But, wait just minute! I'm thinking there is a way . . . for Utah to make it into the Heavenly Land:
Trojangles' "Four Step Program for Pac-12 College Football Playoff Success": Step #1: Vote USC up in all the polls in every remaining week of the season. (With 100% of West Coast votes boosting the Trojans to say the #5 thru #8 positions, it just might be enough for USC to end up ranked something like #11 in the polls. This would increase Oregon's resume, because they trounced the Trojans, and Utah's because their only loss was to a "very good" USC team). Step #2: Utah routs Colorado bigtime this week. Step #3: Utah routs Oregon in the Pac-12 title game. (Utes beat a good team that trounced the Trojans). Step #4: USC hires Urban Meyer as their new head football coach.
Last Edit: Nov 26, 2019 11:45:34 GMT -8 by Trojangles
Utah is a very good team & Huntley is coming along nicely. They're just not a Top 4 team no matter how you look at it. I always use Sagarin for general comparison purposes. He's got Utah at #10 (& Oregon at #11). As a conference he has the Pac-12 North & South as #6 & 7. Btw he has the ACC Atlantic & Coastal as #9 & 10.
All four of the top teams looked really good yesterday. Utah looked like they had the "whole world's watching" jitters last night but came around and took care of business. I am trying to imagine how the Utah defense would hold up against all of those four offenses. It looks pretty scary but I would so much like for the Utes to get a shot at trying. If Utah can beat Oregon, and that is a big if, then it probably comes down to Utah and Baylor/Oklahoma winner, at least if there are no wild ranking changes. Big 12 gets nod by virtue of OU or Baylor beating a higher ranked team (each other). IMO, bias acknowledged, Utah gets nod by being more dominant in wins over similar caliber teams. Head to head Big 12 had 2-1 record against PAC 12. Oklahoma beat UCLA, Oklahoma State beat Oregon State and Arizona beat Texas Tech. Pretty much a wash there. In a head to head game against OU I like Utah's chances but in a name recognition battle Utah has no shot. If it were a choice between Baylor and Utah I like Utah's chances on the field, they are both no names in the eyes of many, By a virtue of a win over Oklahoma many would say Baylor has the better win while Utah has been more dominant against similar caliber competition for the most part. Whatever happens, for now the regular season games are over and Utah is still being talked about. I like that.