Southern Cal followers don’t need this spelled out for them any more, but we will any way just in case:
The team that won its last eight games and didn’t get into the Pac-12 title game could get to the Rose Bowl if:
= Washington does a number on Colorado in Friday’s Pac-12 title game
= Washington breaks into the Final Four of the College Football Playoff scenario (likely with Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State, as will be announced Sunday at 9 a.m. on ESPN in a four-hour presentation that also sets the bowl lineups)
= USC (the way it is properly spelled out) is the highest-ranked Pac-12 team behind Washington in that CFP final Top 25 poll. USC (9-3) goes in ranked No. 11 based on Tuesday’s announcement as the highest-posted three-loss team, moving up from No. 12 last week.
It could be a long 36-hour window of travel planning held up.
Here’s how the weekend plays out on your TV sets (with No. 2 Ohio State and No. 5 Michigan not playing this weekend, but you wonder how uncomfortable that makes things when the final poll is figured out):
= Pac-12 Championship at Santa Clara: No. 4 Washington (11-1, 8-1) vs. No. 8 Colorado (10-2, 8-1), 6 p.m., Channel 11 (Joe Davis, Brady Quinn, Jenny Taft, Chris Myers). Both of their conference losses are to USC.
= Mid-American Conference Championship at Detroit: No. 17 Western Michigan (12-0, 8-0) vs. Ohio (8-4, 6-2), 4 p.m., ESPN2 (Adam Amin, Mack Brown, Molly McGrath)
= American Athletic Conference championship: Temple (9-3, 7-1) at No. 19 Navy (9-2, 7-1) in Annapolis, Md., 9 a.m., Channel 7 (Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe)
= Conference USA championship: Louisiana Tech (8-4, 6-2) at Western Kentucky (9-3, 7-1) in Bowling Green, Ky., 9 a.m., ESPN (Dave Pasch, Tom Luginbill, Quint Kessenich)
= SEC championship at Atlanta: No. 1 Alabama (12-0, 8-0) vs. No. 15 Florida (8-3, 6-2), 1 p.m., Channel 2 (Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, Allie LaForce)
= Mountain West Conference championship: San Diego State (9-3, 6-2) at Wyoming (8-4, 6-2) in Laramie, Wyoming, 4:45 p.m., ESPN (Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay)
= Atlantic Coast Conference championship at Orlando, Fla.: No. 3 Clemson (11-1, 7-1) vs. No. 23 Virginia Tech (9-3, 6-2), 5 p.m., Channel 7 (Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder)
= Big Ten Championship at Indianapolis: No. 6 Wisconsin (10-2, 7-2) vs. No. 7 Penn State (10-2, 8-1), 5 p.m., Channel 11 (Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, Shannon Spake, Chris Myers)
(Interestingly, ESPN “College GameDay” starts the day in Indianapolis at 6 a.m. before sending Herbstreit to Orlando).
== The Big 12 doesn’t have a conference title game, but does have these options Saturday:
= No. 10 Oklahoma State (9-2, 7-1) at No. 9 Oklahoma (9-2, 8-0), 9:30 a.m., Channel 11 (Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, Bruce Feldman)
= Kansas State (7-4, 5-3) at Texas Christian (6-5, 4-4), 9 a.m., FS1 (Aaron Goldsmith, Ben Leber)
= Baylor (6-5, 3-5) at No. 16 West Virginia (9-2, 6-2), 12:30 p.m., FS1 (Justin Kutcher, Petros Papadakis)
= SWAC championship at Houston: Grambling vs. Alcorn State, 1 p.m., ESPNU (Eric Clemons, Jay Walker)
Dropped from the Top 25: Nebraska, Boise State, Washington State
Not playing this weekend: No. 2 Ohio State, No. 5 Michigan, No. 11 USC, No. 12 Florida State, No. 13 Louisville, No. 14 Auburn, No. 18 Stanford, No. 20 Utah, No. 21 LSU, No. 22 Tennessee, No. 24 Houston, No. 25 Pittsburgh