What a doozy of an upset Friday. Both No. 2 Clemson and No. 8 Washington State felt the wrath of Friday the 13th and the impending shakeup with the College Football Playoff picture. And if this weekend wasn’t already bad for the Pac-12, Saturday night could have ended any good chances to see a conference team represent in the final four.
With Clemson’s 27-24 loss to Syracuse, No. 5 Washington had an opportunity to slide up and solidify a spot in the initial playoff rankings in two weeks. But that chance ended with a 13-7 loss in a ‘Pac-12 After Dark’ matchup with Arizona State. Now Washington and Washington State are both on the outside looking in with hope some unlikely luck will bounce their direction.
If both teams win out along the way, whoever takes the Apple Cup on Nov. 25 will be headed to Santa Clara. As of now, Stanford stands in the way of that scenario having yet to play either team. They will travel to Pullman to face the Cougars on Nov. 4 and return home to host the Huskies on Nov. 10 in consecutive weeks
No. 1 Alabama hasn’t skipped a beat and doesn’t have a quality opponent from here to the end of the regular season. Penn State slides up to No. 2 following a bye week. Next up is Georgia, who cracks the top three and as it stands could be on the way to a possible SEC Championship meeting with Alabama on Dec. 2. Not to forget about TCU as the next team up to round out the top four.
Currently, there’s only three Pac-12 teams with a legitimate shot of making the Playoff with Washington, Washington State and USC. Whichever one of the trio can remain perfect from here on out with convincing wins and take the conference championship gives the committee a solid option, but they will be the only one.