Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Pac-12 Postseason Scenario: How Utah Climbs to the Rose Bowl if Oregon Makes CFP

STANFORD — Utah took a giant, emphatic move toward its third Pac-12 South title in four years, undermining Stanford for four quarters on Friday night and rushing eight billion yards in the process.

Thanks to one-on-one victories over division rivals, Utes (6–3/5–1) must win only two of their final three matches for the title to become official.

It seems inevitable that they play both Arizona (0-8/0-5) and Colorado (2-6/1-4), the worst teams in the conference and the two worst in the nation.

So if the fate of Utah’s division is effectively assured, what about its subsequent destination?

What about a rose bowl?

Well, Utes could have made his first trip to Granddaddy the old-fashioned way—by winning the conference championship.

Or they could have gotten there in a postmodern way — by No Winning the conference championship.

Let’s say No. 4 Oregon runs the table, beats Utah in the title game and jumps into the college football playoffs—a combination of events that seem impossible for a variety of reasons but still can’t be discounted.

In that case, the Rose Bowl itself would have a vacancy.

If they take over South and finish as conference runners-up, will the bowling officials automatically select the Utes?

not necessary.

Several factors will enter the calculation, including the ranking of the second-placed teams in the North and South divisions.

Remember, the Utes already have three losses and, in this scenario, will add two more losses to their total against Oregon. (The Ducks can reach the playoffs only after winning the rest of their games.)

So the Rose Bowl would have a vacancy and five-loss Utah as a substitute.

The following is the Rose Bowl’s standing policy:

“Should a team from the Big Ten or Pac-12 be selected to advance to the college football playoffs, the Tournament of Roses will traditionally choose the next highest CFP-ranked team from that conference.”

If Utes has five defeats, he will not be ranked. But the answer may be the runner-up.

However, according to Scott Jenkins, chairman of the management committee, the Rose Bowl policy includes a caveat:

“If the next highest-ranked team is in a ‘cluster’ of teams, meaning that another team or teams from the same conference are ranked within several places of each other, the Tournament of Roses will represent the team from that cluster. selection that will result in the best possible matchup for the Rose Bowl game.”

That “cluster” may consist of teams closer to each other in the ranking – or a group of unranked teams.

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The selection process will take into account the following factors:

— The last time a team played in a Rose Bowl game

– head-to-head results

– regular season schedule

– total records

– opponents played

– Past playoff or bowl appearances and performances

– Historical matchups

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