College Football Matrix says Pac-12 playoff hopes caught in numbers game vs. SEC and ACC

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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,


College Football Matrix says Pac-12 needs to protect Oregon and USC with schedule

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Dave Bartoo (known as: The College Football Matrix) thinks I’m complicating what the Pac-12 Conference needs to do when it comes to the football schedule. He joined me on the radio show on Tuesday for a smart discussion about the soon-to-be released football schedule.

Listen to the full interview with Bartoo here.

The Pac-12 schedule will come out later this week. It will feature six games — five in their own division and one “crossover” game each between North-South Division teams.

While we wait, I laid out a schedule that only conspiracists and contenders would love. It was one in which contenders of the conference might enjoy some protection in the division crossover games between the North and South. Bartoo sees it as a much simpler equation — first protect USC and Oregon.

“Don’t have them play each other,” he said, “… throw the dice and protect your best two.”

Bartoo doesn’t think Washington, ASU, Cal or Utah are College Football Playoff contenders. As a result, he believes the Pac-12 should schedule a cross-over game Oregon vs. Utah or ASU to give the Ducks a chance for a quality win. He’d schedule USC vs. Washington or Cal for the same reason.

“There is absolute gamesmanship here.”

Listen to more with Bartoo here:

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