The 2016 Pac-12 championship game is upon us, coming to you live from Levi’s Stadium. The San Francisco 49ers are on the road facing the Chicago Bears, which leaves their Santa Clara stadium free and clear to host Colorado vs. Washington. If Washington wins the game, they are all but assured of a spot in the 4-team college football playoff (barring committee shenanigans). Colorado likely is too far on the outside with both Big Ten title game participants ranking ahead of them before the top four.
Don’t be fooled. Colorado is no fraud. The Buffaloes are an elite team with a dominant defense. They can contend with just about anyone in the country. Colorado is tied first nationally with Michigan and Ohio State for passing yards per attempt allowed. The Buffs have a chance to finish their magical season atop the Pac-12, after finishing last in the south division only a year ago.
For Washington, it’s a win and you’re in scenario. Jake Browning will need to be on his game against a stout Colorado defense, but his electric targets in John Ross and Dante Pettis will be of huge help. With a banged up defense, Browning, Gaskin and others will need to step up and ratchet up the offense another notch.
Game Info: No. 4 Washington vs. No. 8 Colorado
Date: December 2, 2016
Game Time: 6:00 P.M. PT
Location: Levis Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
Spread: Washington -7.5
Online streaming: Fox Sports GO
Washington Players to Watch:
John Ross | WR | #1 | Redshirt Junior | 5’11” | 190 lbs
Scouting Report: Ross is a deadly mix between DeSean Jackson and Tavon Austin. He has flat out speed to burn. Ross is ultra-quick in and out of his cuts and is an overall solid route runner. He is adept at creating space in his patterns and possesses strong hands to reel in contested passes. Ross’s production has been through the roof this season, totaling an astonishing 16 scores through 12 games.
Other Washington players to watch: Sydney Jones (CB), Budda Baker (FS), Vita Vea (DT), Elijah Qualls (DT), Azeem Victor (ILB), Kevin King (CB), Joe Mathis (DE), Darrell Daniels (T
Colorado Prospects to Watch:
Chidobe Awuzie | CB | #4 | Senior | 5’11” | 200 lbs
Scouting Report: Awuzie is adept at locating where quarterback wants to throw the ball, and closing on it. He showcases impressive burst and straight-line speed to close on footballs. He is a solid tackler and willing to sacrifice his body. Awuzie displays fluid hips and transitions very well.
Other Colorado players to watch: Ahkello Witherspoon (CB), Josh Tupou (DT), Tedric Thompson (SS), Alex Kelley (OC), Jimmie Gilbert (OLB)