Pac-12 Coug’d It

Week 11 of college football season sad day for west coast 

Oregon+wide+receiver+Seven+McGee+runs+past+WSU+defenders+during+an+NCAA+college+football+game%2C+Sep.+24.

COLE QUINN

Oregon wide receiver Seven McGee runs past WSU defenders during an NCAA college football game, Sep. 24.

BRANDON WILLMAN, Evergreen reporter

The year is 2022 and once again, the Pac-12 self-implodes. Oregon was well on its way to representing the conference in the college football playoff as they had only one loss to the No. 1 ranked Georgia Bulldogs and had multiple ranked wins.

But on Saturday, they fell in a close matchup to the Washington Huskies by a score of 37-34. While in theory, USC could win and possibly represent the conference, they will still have an uphill battle and will need a lot to go their way.

One of the primary reasons that they face an uphill battle is TCU. The Horned Frogs have continued to shock the college football world behind quarterback Max Duggan. After a week 11 win over Texas by a score of 17-10, they are 10-0 and have a clear path to an undefeated season as Big 12 champions.

Duggan played well enough in the game against the Longhorns, going 19 of 29 passing for 124 yards and a touchdown. While not the same numbers the dark horse Heisman contender was putting up earlier this year, it got the job done.

Another one-loss potential fringe candidate was the UCLA Bruins, who took inspiration from WSU and Coug’d it in a 34-28 loss to the Arizona Wildcats.

Michigan and Ohio State both dominated in their respective matchups, continuing to bolster their resumes as they inch toward their head-to-head matchup at the end of the season.

For Ohio State, they beat Indiana 56-14 and QB C.J. Stroud had a bounce-back performance following the worst fame of his collegiate career. He went 17 of 28 passing for 297 yards and five touchdowns, solidifying himself in the Heisman race.

As for Michigan, they dominated Nebraska 34-3 and their Heisman contender, running back Blake Corum, has 162 rushing yards and a touchdown of his own.

Clemson came into the week overrated, despite not having a solid win on the season, they stayed in the top 10 of the polls. They were able to take care of business against Lousiville by a score of 31-16, but their projected opponent in the ACC championship in North Carolina may give them a run for their money.

The Tar Heels have a legit QB in Drake Maye, a sneaky Heisman pick that has the team sitting at 9-1 and just led them to a 36-34 win over Wake Forest.

Following week 11, the CFP is shaping up to be Georgia, TCU, the winner of Ohio State-Michigan and a slightly open fourth spot.

That fourth spot could go to any of the following teams: loser of Ohio State-Michigan, one-loss Pac-12 champion USC, two-loss SEC champion LSU, Tennessee or even a one-loss ACC champion Clemson or North Carolina.