Welcome to the 2016 Pac-12 Championship between the Washington Huskies and the Colorado Buffaloes. Back in September, many believed Washington would win the Pac-12 North to earn their spot in this game. But Colorado? That’s an entirely different story.
Last year, the Buffaloes went 4-9 overall with a 1-8 record in Pac-12 play. Just one year later, they flipped their conference record around, going 8-1 in the conference to punch their ticket to Santa Clara.
If Washington wins, they are virtually guaranteed a spot in the College Football Playoff. But if Colorado wins, they will likely be on their way to Pasadena to play in the Rose Bowl.
Contrary to popular opinion around the blog, I’ll be the first to tell you how much I hate Washington, mostly stemming to my experience at Husky Stadium in 2011, the only time I’ve been physically assaulted at a sporting event. But that’s a story for another day. So I’m all for Colorado crashing Washington’s playoff hopes tonight. Going from 1-8 in the conference to the Rose Bowl in a single season? Sounds like the next great Disney sports movie to me.