College football drama lines up

Oregon's road to the college playoffs is scheduled out
Oct. 20, 2014
AP photo.

The SEC West may be the top college football division in the US, but does that mean two of its teams should wind up in the four-team Div. I playoffs in January?

Sportsland, Oregon co-hosts Cliff Pfenning and Derek Weber debate the merits of the SEC against the rest of the college football world amid the theory that the SEC West is so tough - four of the top five ranked teams were from the division this week - that they should deserve a shot at the playoffs, even if one only had one loss, but doesn't reach the SEC title game.

After a substantial drop in the rankings thanks to a loss to Arizona, Oregon returned to the ranks of teams voters want to see in the four-team playoffs, and is sixth in the latest ESPN Power Ratings. Winning out the rest of the season pretty-much guarantees a spot in the playoffs.

But, what of Michigan State? If the Spartans win out, including the Big 10 title, and have only a loss at Oregon against them, should they get a shot at the top four over an SEC team that didn't play in its conference title game?

Also, they talk NFL, Portland Timbers and their drive to reach the playoffs, and the Trail Blazers get some attention as well. It's all recorded at Blitz Pearl in Northwest Portland.


SATURDAY: Mississippi at LSU

NOV. 1: Stanford at Oregon, Auburn at Mississippi, Arkansas at Mississippi State

NOV. 8: Oregon at Utah, Alabama at LSU, Ohio State at Michigan State, Notre Dame at Arizona State

NOV. 15: Auburn at Georgia, Mississippi State at Alabama

NOV. 29: Oregon at Oregon State, Auburn at Alabama, Mississippi State at Mississippi, Notre Dame at USC

DEC. 6: Pac-12 Title Game at Levi's Stadium; SEC Title Game at Georgia Dome; Big 10 Title Game at Lucas Oil Stadium; ACC Championship Game, Charlotte, N.C.