Paul Finebaum spent the weekend watching plenty of college football. After a weekend full of excitement, he's ready to make a bold declaration. The longtime SEC analyst thinks the Pac-12's College Football Playoff hopes are already "dead."
The Pac-12 had an awful showing on the national stage last Saturday. Oregon was taken to the woodshed by the Georgia Bulldogs in a 49-3 blowout. Utah, meanwhile, fell to Florida in The Swamp in a thrilling 29-26 ballgame.
Some thought Utah and possibly even Oregon could make a run to the College Football Playoff. That now seems very unlikely. USC might be all that's left.
“I think you can declare the Pac-12 dead – or the Pac-10, whatever it is these days. They had the best shot, they had Utah playing Florida and remember: Florida fired a coach last year and they brought in a guy from Lafayette. Florida was supposed to lose this game, and if Utah can’t win on the road, I don’t think they’ll be a qualifier… To me, it’s over for the Pac-12,” Finebaum said during Monday’s Get Up broadcast on ESPN.
This would be nothing new for the Pac-12, which hasn't had a representative in the College Football Playoff since Washington in 2016. Oregon remains the only Pac-12 school to ever win a playoff game, which just so happened to be the first playoff game in the sport's history.
Utah, meanwhile, still has a chance to sneak into the playoff if it can win out. The Utes' toughest games remaining includes USC at home on Oct. 18 and Oregon at Autzen on Nov. 19.
Is the Pac-12 already out of the running for a playoff shot or can Utah or USC make some noise late in the year?