Dave Bartoo — known as the “College Football Matrix” — joined me on the radio show on Monday to talk about the Pac-12 football schedule.
Does the conference have a realistic shot at making the College Football Playoff based on the schedule it released over the weekend?
Listen to the full interview with Bartoo.
“The playoff committee is all about numbers,” Bartoo said. “It’s a numbers game. It’s not about perception, or brand. It’s about winning the most vs. Top 25 games.”
On the Ducks playing their crossover game vs. UCLA:
“Unless UCLA somehow gets to 4-3, there have zero value. I would have much rather seen ASU or Utah there if you’re Oregon and trying to get to the playoff.”
On the Big 12 Conference still being very much alive in the playoff talk:
“The Big 12 perception is Oklahoma and Texas. Both look terrible. The conference is down. The nice thing about the playoff committee though is perception isn’t part of it. It’s a numbers game. From a perception standpoint everybody thinks the conference is down. From a reality standpoint, conferences don’t make playoffs, teams do… there are teams that are still involved in the Big 12 who are playoff contenders, it’s just not the ones we expected.”
On a one-loss ACC or SEC team vs. a 7-0 Pac-12 team for a playoff spot:
“If you’re Georgia and 10-1 and you just lost to Alabama in a close game in the SEC title game. Margin of loss is tiny. You kicked the crap out of everyone else. You have a win over a Top 25 Florida, a win over Top 25 Auburn, and you have a win over a Top 25 Tennessee and you have a quality win over Missouri. Even though they’re 10-1, they could be 9-2,