The College Football Playoff is typically reserved from the best teams from the Power 5 Conferences, but there is one league that continues to be left out. The Pac-12 Conference has struggled to get teams in the CFP, but every year we hear that this is the year that the streak ends.

PAC-12 Struggles

It has only been one week into the 2021 college football season, but it looks as if the Pac-12 is going to get left out in the cold once again. This league still has five ranked teams heading into Week 2, but it also had an embarrassing opening weekend.

The University of Washington was a popular preseason pick to win the Pac-12 Conference, but the Huskies were upset by Montana in Week 1. Montana is the number 4 ranked team in the FCS, but they aren’t supposed to be able to beat a team from the Pac-12.

PAC-12 University of Washington

Other conference teams suffered similar upsets in Week 1, and even a team like Oregon barely hung on for a win over Fresno State. USC and UCLA have taken care of business up to this point, but the Pac-12 is still looking for signature wins.

Week 2 is a big chance for the Pac-12 to earn some legitimacy as Oregon goes on the road to Ohio State. An upset win by the Ducks could turn the fortunes of the Pac-12 around in a hurry, but it’s hard to see Oregon even keeping this game close.

USC will have a chance to reach the CFP if it goes undefeated in conference action, but the Trojans will also have to beat a tough Notre Dame squad. This league also seems to beat up on itself in conference play, and the Pac-12 needs an undefeated champion in order to have a shot.

The Eye Test Matters

The Pac-12 has started to play games early in the morning on Saturday for a chance at more television exposure, but that might be the wrong approach entirely. Sure, more fans on the East Coast can now watch Pac-12 games, but that’s not necessarily a good thing.

Results matter when it comes to college football, and there is very little margin for error. The CFP selection committee will always consider teams from the Pac-12 Conference, but that committee will also watch the games.

It doesn’t take a college football expert to realize that there is a pretty large gap between the top teams in the Pac-12 Conference, and the top teams from the SEC. That disparity should be on display this weekend as well as Texas A&M is set to take on Colorado.

The Pac-12 Conference just doesn’t have enough chances in non-conference action to pick up signature wins, and they usually fail miserably in the matchups they do have. After that, it’s left up to the eye test, and that really separates the other four major conferences from the Pac-12.

It has only been one full week of college football, but the writing appears to already be on the wall for the Pac-12. Enjoy the Rose Bowl as that’s going to be the biggest prize for a Pac-12 team this season.


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