No. 9 Colorado has been one of the best teams in America this season. The Buffaloes are 9-2, and their only losses came at No. 3 Michigan in September and at No. 12 USC in October. They host No. 22 Utah (8-3) this Saturday and, if victorious, would play for a Pac-12 Championship on Dec. 2.
Thus, the Buffaloes have a chance to record two more top-quality wins. But head coach Mike MacIntyre isn’t thinking about the College Football Playoff – at least not yet.
“Our whole goal was to win the Pac-12 Championship, and that’s what we’re trying to do,” MacIntyre said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “I’ve said all along if we can win the Pac-12 Championship, then a lot of doors will open up. We can’t control all that, but we can control that. So hopefully we’ll be able to win this week and then hopefully be able to win in Levi’s Stadium next Friday, and we’ll see what happens from there. But first of all, if we don’t take care of Utah and that situation, we won’t even have that chance. But I think our strength of schedule is phenomenal. I think that us playing nine games in our conference – there’s six teams ranked in the top 25 – is pretty special. The two games we lost, our quarterback wasn’t healthy. We haven’t lost when he’s been healthy. So I think there’s a lot of things (the committee) could take into consideration if we take care of our side of the bargain.”
Colorado has won seven of its last eight games, while No. 5 Washington (10-1), No. 12 USC (8-3), No. 22 Utah (8-3), No. 23 Washington State (8-3) and No. 24 Stanford (8-3) are all nationally ranked.
Still, there is a perception that the Pac-12 is a weak conference. MacIntyre disagrees.
“No, I don’t think it is at all,” he said. “I think that we all play each other more, so now you’ve got some more losses. When you only play eight games in your conference, you’re not going to have as many losses as your other teams. So we’ve got more teams that might be 9-3 or 10-2 or have a loss, but if they wouldn’t have played another conference team, they’d probably be 10-2 and 11-1 and you’d have more teams sitting like that. So we’d probably have eight teams in the top 25. It’s all relative in how you got to look at it.”