McMurphy: Utah "Vastly Underrated," Should Reach Playoff

If chalk holds this weekend, Brett McMurphy would give Utah the nod over Oklahoma for the final playoff spot

Taz and the Moose
December 02, 2019 - 9:42 am
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If Ohio State, LSU and Clemson all finish 13-0, the final playoff spot could come down to No. 6 Utah (11-1) and No. 7 Oklahoma (11-1), which are favored to win Pac-12 and Big 12 titles over No. 14 Oregon (10-2) and No. 9 Baylor (11-1), respectively, this weekend.

With one game to go, Stadium college football insider Brett McMurphy believes the Sooners have the edge.

“Based on the past committees, they’ve always valued top 25 wins over anything else as long as you have the same number of losses,” McMurphy said on Taz & The Moose. “Based on that, it looks promising that Oklahoma would be able to jump over Utah. But if the committee doesn’t value OU over Utah right now and OU has three Top 25 wins, then Utah beats Oregon, OU beats Baylor again – I’m not so certain that they will jump OU over Utah.”

Utah, it is worth noting, has a better loss than Oklahoma. The Utes lost at USC, 30-23, in September in a game in which star running back Zack Moss did not play due to injury. Oklahoma, meanwhile, lost at Kansas State, 48-41, in October in a game in which it trailed 48-23 in the fourth quarter.

But would the committee actually give Utah the nod over the brand-name Sooners?

“I think if OU wins out, they get in,” McMurphy said. “I really do. As long as those top three win and OU wins out, I think OU gets the jump over Utah. I’d love to see Utah in there. I think they’re vastly underrated. Before the season, I picked them to get to the College Football Playoff and win the Pac-12, so I guess selfishly I kind of want to see them. I really think they’re that good. They beat every Pac-12 team by at least 18 points expect for a road win at Washington, and of course they lost when their running back, Zack Moss, was hurt against USC – and now USC is going to finish 8-4 and finish in the top 20.”

Utah and Oregon square off in Santa Clara on Friday at 8 p.m. ET, while Oklahoma and Baylor play in Arlington on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.