Six key Week 7 games that could shape the playoff race
A Saturday loss could spell CFP elimination for LSU and Michigan, but results in two key Pac-12 games just might KO the entire conference's CFP shot.
Washington coach Chris Petersen has a vote in the USA Today coaches' poll, and he conceded he spends "very little" time on it.
"Five minutes," Petersen said at his news conference this week. "I mean, you see what it is, who lost, move them."
It's the combination of an old poll mentality and a busy coach. Fortunately for Petersen, the 13 members of the College Football Playoff selection committee will take a little longer to deliberate. It takes about a day and a half before the group settles on its top-25 ranking each week, but if Washington doesn't win at Oregon on Saturday, it won't take long to see the Pac-12's place in the playoff when the first ranking is revealed Oct. 30.