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ESPN Analyst Doesn't Think Oregon-Utah Would Be Close

A man waving a flag with Utah's logo on it.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - SEPTEMBER 16: A Utah Utes cheerleader haves a flag during the first of an college football game against the San Jose State Spartans on September 16, 2017 at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

Oregon's season opening loss to Auburn seemingly ended the Pac-12's hopes of reaching the College Football Playoff. But college football is a crazy sport to try and predict. And a bit of chaos has opened the door for the Pac-12 to slip into the playoff discussion.

The Ducks and Utah are bound to converge in the Pac-12 championship game, barring any conference chaos. Both teams are currently ranked within the top seven of the College Football Playoff rankings. Plenty of national experts believe the winner has a strong chance of being the fourth team selected for the playoff.

With so much on the line in that potential championship game, it's already garnering attention from analysts. One analyst in particular - former Washington State QB and current ESPN analyst Ryan Leaf - thinks Utah would blow out Oregon if the two teams were to play in early December.

"There’s a good chance that this Utah team could win this football game by 10 points to 14 points," Leaf said on the Bleav Podcast Network. "That’s because of what I’ve seen over the last six weeks from Utah, not necessarily what I’ve seen in the last six weeks from Oregon. I think it’s going to be a great football game. But right now, I think Utah might be the better team."

Oregon has been the talk of the Pac-12 for several weeks now. But is Utah the best team in the conference? Leaf seems to believe just that.

The Utes don't receive much attention. But they will if they can knock off the Ducks in the conference championship game. Then the question becomes - does a Utah win earn them a playoff bid?