The Utah Utes defense need their best game this season to make the College Football Playoffs

The showdown between the PAC 12 North winner No. 13 Oregon Ducks and the PAC 12 South winner No. 5 Utah Utes has been diminished with the Ducks loss to the unranked Arizona State Sun Devils. Respect for the conference now hinges on the Utes and their vaunted defense to win the championship in a game that is forecast to be sloppy and wet at Levi’s Stadium about an hour outside of San Francisco. It will be hard to have a convincing win in those conditions and will be up to the Utes defense to impress the College Football Selection Committee in order to be voted for the fourth and final spot in the playoffs. With the No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners and No. 7 Baylor Bears playing at AT&T Stadium in Arlington which has a retractable roof for the BIG 12 championship game, there will be none of the weather sloppiness that will plague the PAC 12 championship game. The highly ranked Sooners and Bears will have an exciting game that could sway the playoff committee in their perception of the best team deserving of the fourth spot because of the offensive fireworks that are sure to happen. A gritty defensive struggle might not be enough to attract the votes needed for the Utes to make the playoffs, so it looks like the Utes defense will have to have a stellar game and not just a gritty win in order to be selected for the playoffs.

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  3. Everyone remembers the 2009 Sugar Bowl right? The game that Alabama didn’t want to play in, were heavily favored in, and then got their doors blown off by Utah. It was the first time Utah had ever beaten an SEC team. The Utes went 13-0 that year. Up until today it was the biggest game on the biggest stage the Utah Utes had ever played. Tomorrows game is bigger.
    Utah has never won the PAC-12. Utah has never been in the playoffs. Utah has never been in a play-in game on a national stage when it is the only game that day, and the whole world will be watching. And all they have to do is exactly what they have been doing all year, be outstandingly efficient in all three phases of the game and dominate their opponents with mistake free football.
    What does Oregon have to do to win? Just perform a miracle that even the most ardent, dedicated fool of a fanatic couldn’t dare to hope for.
    After a year of ineptitude, the Oregon OC would have to show the wreck-less abandon in calling plays that he only tried while playing catch-up in the second half of the bed-wetting loss to ASU. Imagine having a pre-season pocket passing heisman QB, only to squander his talents by running a pistol offense, and emphasizing the running game because of a culture shift directed by the Head Coach. It’s rumored that OC Marcus Arroyo is stumping for a HC job, and an impressing offensive performance could only help him shine in his finale for the Ducks.
    The “vaunted Oregon Ducks defense” was actually something what was being said in October. No longer. What once was a top 10 defense is now a QB playground that looks more like an old piece of swiss cheese than it does a smothering blanket. The only thing that remains is their 2nd place FBS ranking in interceptions. They will need a few of those.
    The head coach will have to learn clock management, and when not to waste a timeout. He will have to realize that running off tackle against a tough front 7 (like Auburn) on 3rd and 4 with an NFL QB at your disposal is the wrong call. He will have to realize that everyone that has scouted the Ducks since 2010 knows your going to run the WR screen 6 times a game for a total of 9 yards. You can be a good recruiter, you can give a good speech, maybe even change a culture, but it doesn’t mean you know shit about calling a game. Oregon has 10 wins off of talent, despite every effort by the coaching staff to give games away.
    So all Utah has to do is play 2019 Ute football. Oregon has to play offense like they need 45 points and have a heisman QB, play defense like they haven’t in 3 weeks, and have their coach learn how to coach. Throw in a few errant interceptions by Utes QB Tyler Huntley in windy conditions. Let go an uncharacteristicly fumbled slippery ball from Utah RB Zach Moss. Every single bounce needs to go Oregon’s way, and a conspiracy theorist’s amount of calls need to go against a Utah team that according to the SEC’s Paul Feinbaum, “America doesn’t want to see in the playoffs.”
    An impossible task for Oregon, but stranger things have happened, and this ardent fool would really like to see them try.
    The best case scenario for the Pac-12 and Utah is that they crush the ducks with many style points and slide into the playoffs. Best case for Oregon is to play the spoiler and get into the Rose Bowl vs. Penn State.
    Although the game is to be played in sunny California, forecast calls for rain all evening. I’m not sure if a Ute knows how to swim, guess we’re gonna find out.

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