It’s reasonable to argue that the Pac-12 has the worst chance to make the College Football Playoff out of the Power 5 conferences. According to Mike Leach, that would leave out the best league in the country.
The Washington State coach, who’s never shy to speak his mind about anything ranging from pirates to a 64-team playoff, scraped the bottom of the barrel — quite literally — when putting the Pac-12 on a pedestal above the SEC.
Here’s what Leach had to say on Playbook, Kanell’s daily afternoon radio show on Sirius XM, on Thursday.
Mike Leach just now on Playbook discussing the PAC 12 who he believes is the best conference in CFB "The bottom 6 of our conference would crush the bottom 6 of the SEC"
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) November 9, 2017
Leach’s focus on the worst of the conferences isn’t so outlandish, although it’s not in line with the typical criteria we hear when we’re debating conference supremacy.
And, of course, it seems a bit forced based on what’s going on at the top.
The Pac-12 is in a precarious position to even make the four-team field, while the SEC stands a legitimate chance to send two teams for the first time.
Plus, the Pac-12 only has three teams that are currently ranked in the top 25 of the College Football Playoff rankings, the fewest of any of the five major conferences. The highest-ranked team is one-loss Washington, which needs a lot of help to make the necessary leap from No. 9.
Either way, you can’t blame Leach, who’s coaching the 19th-ranked Cougars, for trying to strengthen the perception of the league at this time of the season.