A Power 5 Conference Might Get Eliminated From The College Football Playoff Tonight
PULLMAN, WA – OCTOBER 9: General view of the game between the Washington State University Cougars and the University of Oregon Ducks on October 9 2004 at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington. The Ducks won 41-38. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)Entering today, Oregon football was probably the Pac-12’s best shot at landing a team in the College Football Playoff. The Ducks narrowly lost a bizarre game to Stanford, and recovered for a statement win against Washington last week.Had the Ducks run the table, and gotten some help, they would have had a solid playoff argument. Unfortunately, things are never easy during road trips to The Palouse.After years of the school’s famous “Ol’ Crimson” flag appearing on College GameDay, Washington State hosted the show for the first time this morning.Fifteen years ago, Washington State’s Ol’ Crimson flag started flying high because of one man and his sewing machine.It has been planted in the heart of College GameDay ever since. pic.twitter.com/mCxrgPnek7— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 20, 2018The Cougars came out on fire in the first half of tonight’s prime time game.No. 25 Washington State leads No. 12 Oregon football 27-0 at the half.Quarterback Gardner Minshew has been prolific, completing 31-of-36 passes for 231 yards and three scores, and out-dueling potential No. 1 pick Justin Herbert so far.Washington, Stanford, USC, Utah, and Colorado all already have two losses on the year. No two-loss team has ever made the College Football Playoff, and while Auburn had a shot last year, they had some great win opportunities down the stretch. Those Pac-12 squads won’t have that advantage.With a win, Wazzu would be the only one-loss Pac-12 squad, but it has already lost at USC, and still has games at Stanford, Colorado, and vs. Washington.While we can’t outright eliminate the Pac-12 from College Football Playoff contention if Oregon doesn’t have an epic comeback, it seems extremely unlikely that one of the league’s teams can crack that top four.