Like Lincoln Riley, I don’t care about the College Football Playoff rankings.
But I do care about the Pac-12 race and who plays in the championship game.
So I spoke to a Pac-12 defensive coordinator Tuesday who watched the game films of the Arizona-USC game about the conference race.
“Oregon is better,” the coach said. “Right now, (quarterback) Bo Nix better.
“But the big difference is the defenses. I don’t think USC could stop Oregon enough. I think Oregon might stop USC a couple more times. It would be a helluva game but I think Oregon is the team everyone will need to go through.
“I won’t be surprised if they play in December. It won’t be low scoring.”
What about the USC-Arizona game?
“Lincoln Riley pulled out a couple plays where he hit Arizona. He had Johnny Nansen’s number.
“Both quarterbacks were running around like chickens without a head at times. But if you can’t rush the passer consistently, and Arizona struggles to do it, it’s tough.
“I probably would have played more man defense against USC if I were Arizona. I would have tried more man packages to see if they could have slowed them down. They hit Arizona on some crossing routes. Maybe they didn’t run enough nickel packages. They were a little disorganized.
“It’s clear with the receivers out, USC wanted No. 16 (Tahj Washington) would be the guy. He had a nice game.”