FOX analyst Joel Klatt says one Power 5 league has become 'irrelevant' in College Football Playoff conversation
Not every Power 5 conference is capable of sending a team to the College Football Playoff every year. That’s the trouble with a four-team format, a system that many hope will change in the coming years.
But, for now, there’s always going to be at least one major conference left on the outside looking in. More times than not, that league has been the Pac-12. For the fourth-straight year, a team from the Pac-12 has failed to fill one of the four spots in the College Football Playoff.
And, out of the seven years the College Football Playoff has been operating, a Pac-12 team has made the field just twice. Oregon was included in 2014, the first year of the new system. In 2016, Washington was able to squeak into the semifinals.
FOX college football analyst Joel Klatt says the league has become irrelevant when discussing the College Football Playoff.
“As it relates to the College Football Playoff, the Pac-12 is irrelevant. It’s irrelevant,” Klatt said during his College Football Playoff reaction. “I’m not suggesting that the efforts and the programs are irrelevant on the West Coast, but this conference has rendered itself irrelevant. That’s what happens when you allow a two-loss team to backdoor their way into a conference championship game and then they actually win. The policies and decisions that were made within the Pac-12 Conference over the last couple of years have rendered it irrelevant. They minimized their revenue and exposure and largely decimated their reputation and their relevance throughout college football. That’s the problem.”
The ACC and SEC are the only two leagues that have had a representative every year. It’s not been uncommon to see the Big 12 or the B1G get left on a given year. But the Pac-12 is the one league that has been consistently missing the field.
Will that change anytime soon? Klatt doesn’t seem to think so.