No. 8 Colorado Buffaloes at No. 4 Washington Huskies (-7.5, 58.5)The sixth Pac-12 Championship Game will feature two first-time participants when Colorado and Washington square off Friday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Ninth-ranked Colorado was the surprise champion of the Pac-12 South after making the biggest single-season turnaround in conference history while the fourth-ranked Huskies almost ran the table in backing up their status as the preseason North Division favorites. MacIntyre led the eighth-ranked Buffaloes to a 10-2 overall record and the Pac-12 South title a year after they went 4-9 and won one Pac-12 game.
It will be imperitive to get the run game going as well.
I took a straw poll among the natives here in western Washington, most over the age of 40.
But there are other teams with realistic hopes of altering that lineup by cracking the top four, especially if Clemson and/or Washington were to lose their conference championship games this week. Only once has he completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes in a game, that coming in a 26-13 loss, when he was 17-for-36 for 259 yards and a touchdown.
No. 3. Michigan's double-overtime loss to Ohio State last week bumped the Wolverines down two spots to No. 5, while Wisconsin and Penn State remained at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively. He was 8 for 10 on PATs.
Also of interest: might a victory over Colorado vault the Huskies past Ohio State or Clemson in the final rankings?
If Colorado makes the Rose Bowl, either as an at-large team by way of a higher ranking or by an automatic berth as the Pac-12 champion by beating Washington, USC is headed to Texas.
Last season in a game against OR, he was hit in the calf while making a tackle.
AKIL JONES (Valley Christian High, San Jose): The true freshman linebacker has not played this season. "I don't think there is going to be too many easy throws out there", King said. They will have added another quality win against a top-10 team (Colorado) while MI was sitting at home.
Moeller, a junior who played defensive back as well as special teams for the Colorado Buffaloes this year, recorded nine total tackles on special teams, finishing second on the team. It is also important to acknowledge that, despite our disappointments this season, our team did not quit. The playing surface at Levi's Stadium has had issues with footing over the years but has been better this season.
In a game that features to great defenses, the Buffs may not make a lot of plays on offense.
What makes this Washington D more challenging though is that they have vast talent both up front and in the secondary.
CU also has plenty of honorable mentions. Eifler was a PrepStar All-American as a senior at O'Dowd and a member of the Tacoma News Tribune's Western 100. "His teammates want to play for him". On offense, the Huskies made Washington State prove they could stop John Ross and Dante Pettis with Chico McClatcher peppered in, and committed to the run just when they needed to.
For the Pac-12, it would be better for Washington to win, and have someone in the race for the National Championship. Defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis earned the honor the previous season, as well. This a new team energized by the switch at quarterback. People, for a whole month, will be talking about the Washington Huskies.
CU has faced quality defensive teams this season, including Michigan, Southern California and Utah. Stanford (9-3/6-3 Pac 12) 19. Vea has played in every game the past two seasons and, as a starter in 2016, has 35 tackles, including 5 1/2 tackles for loss and four sacks. Liufau missed three starts due to a midseason ankle injury but still ranks fourth in Pac-12 total offense (263.3 yards per game) and is complemented nicely by All-Pac-12 second-team running back Phillip Lindsay (fourth in the conference with 94.7 rushing yards per game).