When a giant sequoia falls in Northern California, and no one is around to hear it, does it still make a sound? I’d be willing to bet it does, and a pretty loud sound at that.
On Thursday, the Oregon Ducks fell at home to the Arizona Wildcats, making it the second straight loss to Arizona in two seasons. Unfortunately for the Ducks, many were around to see and hear them fall from their number two ranking.
With Oregon’s loss, the likelihood of having four unbeaten playoff contenders is starting to get very, very slim.
There are now several possibilities for this year’s college football playoff that many had not anticipated earlier this season. With Oregon’s defeat, the number of possible undefeated teams from the Pac-12 dwindled to one, UCLA, until Saturday night when the Bruins fell to Utah.
The SEC West is by far the most competitive division in college football, boasting Auburn, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State with undefeated records. However, only one team out of that group can make it to the SEC Championship.
The Big Ten will likely not have an undefeated squad, leaving Florida State, and two Big 12 schools, TCU and Baylor, at the top of the totem poll now that the Horned Frogs took down undefeated Oklahoma.
This year’s matchup between TCU and Bears just got a lot more serious. It has a large chance of guaranteeing the winner a spot in the college football playoff, provided that the winner can stay undefeated outside of the anticipated matchup.
With Texas struggling and Oklahoma State without it’s top quarterback, J.W. Walsh, two major contenders have been moved aside in this year’s run for the Big 12. I’m not discounting these teams’ ability to pull an upset, but their chances to win the conference are unlikely.
The Baylor and TCU control their future. The quest to stay perfect starts now.