CFP-ranked #4 Washington showed #8 Colorado who’s the boss in the Pac-12 this season, branding the Buffaloes, 41-10 in the conference championship game on Friday night and pretty much icing their appearance in one of the two New Year’s Eve bowl games.
So #4 Washington trampled #8 Colorado in the Pac-12 Championship Game Friday night (COL -9, BetDSI) at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara after defeating #20 Utah after humbling #23 Washington State in the Apple Cup and after beating Stanford and UCLA ... and yet we’ll still have to here about the weakness of the non-conference schedule the Huskies AD put together and the second-string QB they ended up facing against the Buffaloes. Enough.
What we learned this weekend is that this is a team deserving of the #2 or #3 slot from the CFP Selection Committee on Selection Sunday and that a #2/#3 Clemson vs. #2/#3 Washington Semifinal makes sense with Alabama—easy 54-16 winners over Florida in the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday, (ALA -24, Bovada)—is gridiron justice for this format which needs eight teams.
Huskies QB Jake Browning had another brilliant game as did RB Myles Gaskin (29 rushes, 159 yards) and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, DB Taylor Rapp (2 Interceptions). If anyone has a chance of knocking off #1 Alabama, it’s Wazoo which has outscored opponents 169-33 in the 1Q.
#9 Oklahoma Tops #10 Oklahoma State in Bedlam, Makes it Case Despite 2 Losses
Baker Mayfield (288 yards, 3 TDs) and #9 Oklahoma rallied from a 17-17 Halftime score to down #10 Oklahoma State at Norman Saturday, 38-20 (OK -11½, Heritage) in Bedlam and an SBR pick recommended here last weekend as well in the Games of the Year market at the SuperBook. It may be their Week 1 Loss to then-#15 Houston (their other Loss was #3 Ohio State) that zaps the Sooners (15 straight Wins vs. Big 12) but at least Mayfield—who’s coming back for his Senior year in 2017—Samaje Perine (37 rushes, 239 yards, TD) and Dede Westbrook (4 receptions, 111 yards, TD) gave it their all and Oklahoma may be the second-best team in the West with USC a close third.FBS ATS West Rankings: The Good and the Bad Stay the Same
Colorado State (10-2 ATS), #8 Colorado (10-3 ATS), BYU (9-3 ATS) and Oregon State (9-3 ATS) have the four best money-making marks out West as we head to Bowl Season while Arizona (2-10 ATS, 4-14 ATS L18), Baylor (2-9 ATS), Oregon (2-9 ATS), Boise State (3-9 ATS), Utah State (3-9 ATS) and TCU (3-9 ATS) have the worst ATS records. The Horned Frogs were an FBS-best 11-2 ATS in 2014 while the Bears were 9-4-0 ATS back in 2013.
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