Luicci’s College Football Plus: Week 13 Recap

Five questions

Q. Could the Pac-12 have made any bigger of a mess of its season than it already has?

You can start by putting the league on the playoff scrap heap along with the Big 12 thanks to Oregon’s loss to Oregon State. The Ducks were the league’s highest-ranked team in the first College Football Playoff rankings at a longshot No. 15 (USC, at No. 18, was the league’s only other ranked team) and seemed to represent the conference’s best playoff hope. That hope now appears to be gone.

So let’s sort out commissioner Larry Scott’s season of disarray.

With the cancellation of last Saturday’s USC-Colorado game, the only two unbeaten teams in the South Division probably won’t get to play, since the Pac-12 now has just two weekends left before the league championship game on Dec. 18.

What if USC and Colorado both finish unbeaten? You know the

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Luicci’s College Football Plus: Week 8 Recap

Five questions

Q. What did we learn about the Big Ten after the league’s opening weekend of play?

Hard to believe the conference has sorted things out already. There are three teams of national consequence – Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin. Rutgers, Indiana, Purdue and Northwestern (last in the Big Ten West a year ago after winning the division in 2018) are potential feel-good stories but aren’t good enough to make an impact otherwise. Maryland, Illinois and Michigan State look like bad football teams. Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and Penn State are already disappointments (Nebraska because of the no-longer-deserved high opinion the Cornhuskers have of themselves).

All that from just one weekend of games. Talk about fast-developing story lines.

Q. Are we getting used to the new normal yet in college football?

Four very “2020” things happened on Saturday.

FAU was without 43 players who began fall camp for its game

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Luicci’s College Football Plus: Week 7 Recap

Five questions

Q. Okay, so which two teams will join Alabama and Clemson in the College Football Playoffs?

There’s a half season to go, but the Tide and Tigers look like cinches for the playoffs now. Alabama reminded us that the time-worn adage about defense winning championships no longer applies after doing a number on Georgia’s vaunted defense in an impressive 41-24 victory over the Bulldogs. All that stands between Nick Saban’s team and a spot in the SEC title game is underrated Kentucky and improving Arkansas. The rest of the schedule will offer little resistance.

Now that North Carolina has been exposed and Notre Dame has been less than impressive the past two weeks, Clemson should breeze through the ACC.

Let’s wait to see what the Big Ten – which starts play this Saturday – has to offer before completing the four-team playoff. The Big 12 offers faint hope

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