If the fact Notre Dame could only beat USC by 7 points was not a huge warning, the Irish proved how they did not belong in the College Football Playoff today as Clemson breezed to a 30-3 victory.
And Alabama-Oklahoma was not a whole lot better as the Crimson Tide got off to a 28-0 lead.
Which leads me to the Pac-12. There is a lot of talk about how it is unfair for SEC teams to play eight conference games while the Pac-12 (and others) play nine games. Everyone should play the same number of conference games.
But let’s answer this: If you went to Clay Helton or another (better) Pac-12 coach and presented them with two options, which would they prefer?
Would they want to play eight SEC games or nine Pac-12 games?
Would you rather play Georgia, Auburn, LSU, Texas A&M?
Or Arizona, Stanford, Utah and Oregon?
Auburn was 7-5 and beat the Pac-12 champs this season (Washington). The Tigers then demolished Purdue.
Florida just demolished Michigan, 41-15.
Do you really want to play eight SEC games? USC wouldn’t last a month.