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McLaughlin: The Pac-12’s Path to the CFP Remains Daunting

Spencer lays out the argument for the League not making the Playoff due to its competitive depth

Posted on September 5, 2023

  By Spencer McLaughlin of Locked on CFB for SuperWest Sports


The Pac-12, now in its final iteration as we know it, is off to a great start through Week One with a historic 13-0 beginning with convincing wins all over the place.

It underlines why the league is unlikely to produce a CFP team this year.

On today’s episode of Locked On Pac-12, I lay out the argument for the Pac-12 not making the Playoff because of its competitive depth.

The biggest reason is the quarterbacks, who shined in a BIG way on Saturday for every team.

Who’s the best of the best in the Pac-12 right now?

I also hit on storylines that are flying under the radar from the week 1 slate of games, several of which surround QBs in the league.

Cal and Stanford, destined for the ACC, showed tangibly positive signs of growth for their programs in their first games of 2023.

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