Entering the final week of conference play, the University of Utah still had a chance to win the Pac-12 South.
Call it parity; I call it absurdity.
Welcome to the strange world of the Pac-12.
After starting 0-4 in their new conference, the Utes were left for dead. Their starting QB was out for the year, and they were no longer playing cupcake teams like New Mexico or UNLV.
But, they stepped up to the challenge, with four consecutive victories. The only team standing in their way was fellow newcomer Colorado, who had not won a road game in years.
The metaphorical apple dangled in front of them begging to be plucked from the metaphorical tree. They swiped at it, but missed as Colorado pulled out on top 17-14.
Needless to say, that apple dropped, bruised and somehow rolled into the hands of a 6-6 UCLA Bruins team.
Once again, welcome to the strange world of the Pac-12.
Now, along with the many Ute fans, I look forward to next year with much optimism.
Here is my earlier-than-early preview.