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The Pac-12 Is Out Of The Playoff Race After Washington State's Loss

An overhead view of the Rose Bowl.

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: A general view during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)

Heading into the weekend, there were eight teams that still has realistic shots at qualifying for the College Football Playoff - Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan, Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Washington State. That number is down to seven on Saturday morning.

Late last night, Washington State, in the snow, fell to rival Washington. As a result, the Cougars won't even be playing in the Pac-12 title game.

At this point, there is no Pac-12 team with less than two losses. As a result, it's pretty much guaranteed the league won't be sending a team to the College Football Playoff.

Washington, with a 9-3 record, will finish as the league's highest-ranked team if it beats Utah in the conference title game. A 10-3 mark won't be good enough to sneak into the four-team playoff.

As Stewart Mandel notes, there could be two New Year's Six bowls on the horizon for the league.

It's look like Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame are the odds-on favorites to finish the season undefeated. It's going to be a dogfight for the final spot.

This will be the second year in a row that the Pac-12 won't send a participant to the playoff. Washington represented the league most recently.