USC’s path to the Playoff is clear. Can the Utes get to the Rose Bowl even if they lose the Pac-12 title game?

The penultimate College Football Playoff ratings unlock on Tuesday night time indicated one very transparent issue concerning the University of Utah.

Not simplest will the Utes be on the lookout for a 2d directly shuttle to the Rose Bowl on Friday evening on the Pac-12 championship recreation, it’s going to be looking to stay the convention out of the College Football Playoff for the 6th directly season.

The Utes moved up 3 spots to No. 11 on Tuesday night time, whilst its championship recreation opponent USC, moved up two spots to No. 4 and, for now, into the College Football Playoff. The Pac-12 stored six groups ranked as Washington checked in at No. 12, Oregon State at No. 15. Oregon at No. 16, and UCLA at No 17.

If Utah wins at Allegiant Stadium on Friday evening, it’ll the Rose Bowl. If USC wins, it’s prone to bypass the Rose Bowl and finally end up within the CFP. Only as soon as since its inception after the 2014 season has a 1-loss Power Five champion, Ohio State in 2018, been disregarded of the four-team tournament. The Trojans moved to 11-1 on Saturday with a house win over Notre Dame.

The Pac-12 has simplest been part of the CFP two times, and no longer since Washington misplaced to Alabama in a 2016 semifinal on the Peach Bowl.

If USC finally ends up within the CFP, who is going to the Rose Bowl?

The Rose Bowl has stated up to now that if a Pac-12 or Big Ten staff is going to the College Football Playoff, it could take the respective convention’s next-highest ranked staff from the CFP ratings.

That has come to fruition in years previous (USC in 2016 after Washington went to the CFP, Wisconsin in 2019 after Ohio State went to the CFP, and so on.), however for what it’s price, the Rose Bowl isn’t contractually obligated to do this. It can technically do no matter it desires whether it is left to make a choice the groups.

That stated, if Utah loses to USC, it would fall under Washington within the ultimate CFP ratings on Sunday, which might put the 10-win Huskies subsequent in line must USC advance to the CFP. It could be laborious to check the Rose Bowl no longer taking Washington, which has a big fan base that can shuttle to Pasadena, to not point out nationwide name-brand popularity.

Washington definitely believes it has a possibility to be the Rose Bowl’s variety.

“I guess I’m looking at it this way, we did Utah a favor already, right?” Huskies trainer Kalen DeBoer joked, noting that Washington’s win over Washington State helped put the Utes within the identify recreation. “Selfish-wise, I certainly think there is a team we’re rooting for.”

If Utah loses Friday evening, what are its bowl choices?

If Utah loses to USC and Washington is going to the Rose Bowl, consideration then turns to which non-NY6 recreation the Utes finally end up in all over the month of December. Below are the Pac-12 bowl tie-ins within the order through which they get to make a choice groups.

• Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Dec. 29

• Holiday Bowl in San Diego, Dec. 28

• Las Vegas Bowl, Dec. 17

• Sun Bowl in El Paso, Dec. 20

• LA Bowl, Dec. 17

• ESPN-run bowl (Gasparilla, First Responders, or Armed Forces).

There are a number of items to imagine right here.

The Alamo, Holiday, and Las Vegas Bowls have some flexibility in that they may be able to bypass the following staff in line so long as there is not any greater than a one-game distinction in convention file. That stated, USC and Washington apart, Utah could be no worse than the fourth Pac-12 staff in line as bowl bids are passed out on Sunday. The Utes and Oregon each completed 7-2 within the Pac-12, whilst UCLA and Oregon State have been 6-3.

A large number of this depends on what the Alamo Bowl desires to do. Oregon, which beat Utah on Nov. 19, would probably be subsequent in line, however the Ducks performed and misplaced in San Antonio final season. If the Alamo does no longer need the Ducks once more, the viable choices are all the way down to Utah and UCLA. The Bruins beat the Utes on Oct. 8, have a larger model, and would, at a minimal, characteristic head trainer Chip Kelly for every week.

Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Cam Rising, and any choice of different Utes and Bruins upperclassmen probably opting out of a non-NY6 bowl recreation is a subject for a few weeks from now.

Bottom line: Utah isn’t going to do worse than the Las Vegas Bowl.

The Associated Press contributed to this tale.

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