Pac-12 still has three teams alive in College Football Playoff race: Utah, USC and the Oregon Ducks – OregonLive.com

Dave Bartoo, known as the College Football Matrix, joined me on the radio show to talk about a variety of subjects, including the myth that the Pac-12 is already eliminated from the College Football Playoff.

Listen to the full interview here.

We covered gambling, the struggles of UCLA coach Chip Kelly, Oregon State’s defensive woes and much more. But Bartoo was at his best in discussion how and why it is that he believes the Pac-12 is still in contention.

“How is the Pac-12 out?” Bartoo said. “That’s just stupid to me. If Oregon wins out, and they’ll probably be favored in each of their games the rest of the way… you’ve got Washington with no offense… you’ve got Stanford struggling… USC is undefeated, Utah is undefeated and it’s going to be really hard imagining a 13-0 Power Five team not making it. Right now, I believe Oregon, Utah, and USC are the three teams that still have their playoff hopes in their hands… writing them off right now is a lazy, easy way to narrow the field.”

On why Washington is not a contender:

“Since Jonathan Smith got promoted to Oregon State, that Washington offense is pedestrian at best.”

On how the Pac-12 misses an opportunity when it plays nine conference games vs. eight:

“It’s a simple math thing, because the conference has nine conference games and only has 12 teams. Mathematically from the beginning of the season, they’re playing from behind… it’s also affecting their strength of schedule.”

Listen to much more with Bartoo here:

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