All it took was one week of college football for complete madness to unfold. Week 1 of the season featured a few upsets and nail-biting finishes.
The biggest game of the weekend was between Auburn and Oregon. It was a close matchup that came down to the final drive for the SEC powerhouse, as Bo Nix threw a game-winning touchdown pass with less than 10 seconds to play.
Oregon had the chance to boost the perception of the Pac-12, but the crushing defeat against Auburn has done the exact opposite. College football analyst Paul Finebaum hasn’t shied away from his harsh stance on the ‘Power Five’ conference.
Finebaum was on ESPN’s First Take on Monday to discuss the current landscape of college football.
One of the questions the First Take crew asked Finebaum was if the Pac-12 can make the College Football Playoff. He quickly shot down that idea.
“I could pontificate, but I’m going to answer your question very succinctly — no,” Finebaum said. “Pac-12, get out of my hair, man. Every year they tease us and every year they blow the opening game. Last year it was Washington in a close one against Auburn. This time it was Oregon. Auburn was struggling. They were almost out of this game, and somehow Mario Cristobal mismanaged the game clock. He mismanaged the plays. With a really good quarterback in Justin Herbert, they found a way to lose. Give Auburn credit. They won at the end with a freshman quarterback, but come on, Oregon was their last big chance. Stanford? USC? Utah? Please.”
In addition to Oregon starting off the fall with an unfortunate loss, Arizona and UCLA also came up short in their season openers.
Do you think a program from the Pac-12 can make the Playoff?