Respect. I don't think any other word is better than respect when it comes to describing the Pac-12. That is really evident when you look at the latest CFP Top-25. And if you're a Utah fan, you have to feel good with two of Utah's losses, if there ever are losses to feel good about.
Utah has lost to the now No. 2 and No. 6 teams in the country, Oregon and ASU respectively. UCLA and Oregon, at 11th and 14th, are also in the polls. Utah, of course, has a win over UCLA, and has Arizona next Saturday. It's pretty crazy to think a three loss Utah team is still in the polls, but I figured this committee would respect the schedule Utah has played, and how they've performed to date.
And with the Pac-12, having the depth the conference does, and playing nine conference games, unlike some other leagues... is really starting to pay off.
The interesting thing is with ASU and Oregon, and if they win out. If both teams do, then the Pac-12 Championship Game is a de-facto College Football Playoff "play-in" game.
Here are the latest CFP Top-25 rankings:
|Rank||Team||Last week||Week 11 result||Toughest opponent left (per F/+)||If the season ended today ...|
|1||Mississippi State (8-0)||1||Won 45-16 vs. Tennessee-Martin||Alabama||Sugar Bowl vs. TCU|
|2||Oregon (8-1)||4||Won 51-27 at No. 17 Utah||Oregon State||Rose Bowl vs. Florida State|
|3||Florida State (8-0)||2||Won 34-20 vs. Virginia||Miami||Rose Bowl vs. Oregon|
|4||TCU (7-1)||6||Won 41-20 vs. No. 7 Kansas State||Texas||Sugar Bowl vs. Mississippi State|
|5||Alabama (7-1)||5||Won 20-13 (OT) at No. 16 LSU||Auburn||Orange Bowl|
|6||Arizona State (7-1)||14||Won 55-31 vs. No. 10 Notre Dame||Arizona||New Year's bowl|
|7||Baylor (7-1)||13||Won 48-14 at No. 15 Oklahoma||Kansas State||New Year's bowl|
|8||Ohio State (7-1)||14||Won 49-37 at No. 8 Michigan State||Minnesota||New Year's bowl|
|9||Auburn (7-1)||3||Lost 41-38 vs. Texas A&M||Alabama||New Year's bowl|
|10||Ole Miss (7-2)||12||Won 48-0 vs. Presbyterian||Mississippi State||New Year's bowl|
|11||UCLA (7-2)||18||Won 44-30 at Washington||USC||New Year's bowl|
|12||Michigan State (7-1)||8||Lost 49-37 vs. No. 14 Ohio State||Maryland|
|13||Kansas State (7-1)||7||Lost 41-20 at No. 6 TCU||Baylor|
|14||Arizona (6-2)||19||Won 38-20 vs. Colorado||Arizona State|
|15||Georgia (6-2)||20||Won 63-31 at Kentucky||Auburn|
|17||LSU (7-2)||16||Lost 20-13 (OT) vs. No. 5 Alabama||Arkansas|
|18||Notre Dame (7-1)||10||Lost 55-31 at No. 9 Arizona State||Louisville|
|19||Clemson (6-2)||21||Won 34-20 at Wake Forest||Georgia Tech||Orange Bowl|
|20||Wisconsin (6-2)||25||Won 34-16 at Purdue||Nebraska|
|21||Duke (7-1)||22||Won 27-10 at Syracuse||Virginia Tech|
|22||Georgia Tech (7-2)||24||Won 56-23 at NC State||Georgia|
|23||Utah (6-2)||17||Lost 51-27 vs. No. 4 Oregon||Arizona|
|24||Texas A&M (7-3)||NR||Won 41-38 at No. 3 Auburn||LSU|
|25||Minnesota (7-2)||NR||Won 51-14 vs. Iowa||Ohio State|