Days before the Cougs were ranked in the CFP for the first time, they narrowly escaped Corvallis with a win over a struggling Oregon St. Beavers team.
Last weekend against the Arizona Wildcats, they did not have that same problem, dispatching UA 69-7 in front of a sold out Dad’s Weekend crowd. That moved them to 7-2 and a perfect 6-0 in conference play.
After a dominating performance over the Wildcats, the CFP committee ranked the Cougs No. 23, sandwiched in between the Boise St. Broncos and Louisiana St. Tigers. That’s two spots higher than last week.
Four other Pac-12 teams find themselves in the CFP rankings. The Washington Huskies broke through to the top-4 this week, landing at No. 4 after an easy win over the Cal Golden Bears. The Colorado Buffaloes beat the UCLA Bruins in a sloppy Thursday night game, moving them to No. 12. The Utah Utes had the week off ahead of a Thursday night matchup with the Arizona State Sun Devils and checked in at No. 15. The USC Trojans made their first appearance of the year, jumping to No. 20 in the rankings after handling the Oregon Ducks with ease. .
The Cougs have another good chance at victory this week as they face the aforementioned Golden Bears in Pullman. Given their minimal jump this week, the Cougs still need help in terms of the teams ahead of them losing to make a big leap by next week considering the strength of their opponent.
Alabama, Michigan, and Clemson were also in the top-4 with Washington.
So, what do you think? Too high? Too low? Or was it Goldilocks: just right?