After #5 Oklahoma's upset at the hands of Kansas State on Saturday, the playoff door has suddenly swung wide open for both Utah and Oregon. With teams like Penn State and Florida facing tough games down the road, it'll only broaden the opportunity for these two Pac-12 schools to get into the playoff. Granted, both won't be able to get in at the same time; that would require catastrophic collapses from Alabama, Ohio State, and Clemson. But the Pac-12 will get their representative if the following happens.
#1 LSU has a fairly tame schedule aside from the Alabama game. In fact, this is probably one Ed Orgeron's best teams yet, being loaded at practically every position. However, in the case of LSU getting upset by, say, Texas A&M, this would give Oregon or Utah the opportunity to seize the final spot. Either school would have the conference championship advantage over LSU as well, which would make their case more compelling. Still, both Pac-12 schools must win the rest of the way leading up to the Pac-12 Championship. Otherwise, this will mean nothing.
Of course, having Ohio State have one of their embarrassing upsets at the hands of a school like Iowa would help nicely. However, with the way the Buckeyes are playing, that seems unlikely. The Pac-12 is going to have to hope for a classic LSU collapse down the road. Will it happen? Who knows.
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