The South division of the Pac-12 is loaded with talent, whoever emerges could punch their ticket to the playoff.
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Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State have been selected to play in the first College Football Playoff.
A majority of the Pac-12, including Cal, has moved to some type of hurry-up, no-huddle system. Holdouts still running largely pro-style offenses include Stanford, Oregon State, and USC.
The feeling of disappointment and despair in the locker room after losing 17-13 at Washington last season is something that Stanford players will never forget.
Steve Sarkisian said he wouldn’t comment about “hypothetical scenarios” involving USC’s coaching job and that this situation provides a chance to prove his team can avoid the outside chatter heading into Saturday’s showdown at No. 5 Stanford.
Cal has kicked defensive end Chris McCain off the squad for conduct detrimental to the football team.
For all the brute force Stanford shows, from its jumbo “elephant” package of offensive linemen to its bruising running backs, there is an element of the Cardinal offense often goes overlooked.
Alabama remained No. 1 as the top five held their spots for the third consecutive week. The Crimson Tide received 55 of 60 first-place votes, and No. 2 Oregon got the rest from the media panel, one more than last week. Clemson is third, followed by Ohio State and Stanford.
Kevin Hogan threw for 286 yards and 3 touchdowns, and No. 5 Stanford won its 12th straight with a 55-17 rout of the Cougars on Saturday night.