Here is my column for the Sporting News on the Pac-12’s awful weekend.
Excerpt: No two-loss team has ever made the Playoff, so Oregon, with a 5-1 record, is the newest pretender to be presented as the Pac-12’s top team. USC, Stanford and Washington already blew their chances, so the Ducks offer the best case scenario.
But exactly how Oregon would leapfrog any legitimate contender from the other Power 5 conferences is tough to game out. The Ducks’ lone loss to Stanford hardly looks good today after the Cardinal were whacked by Notre Dame and Utah in consecutive weeks. The only thing worse than Oregon’s loss is its nonconference slate: victories against Bowling Green, Portland State and San Jose State.