How’s that for a rivalry week? The common season’s remaining week is one thing sacred in school football—and boy, did it ever ship within the Prime 10. We received a basic within the Iron Bowl and memorable variations of The Recreation and Bedlam all with Prime 10 implications.
The College Football Playoff race might get squirrely from right here, however the stage is ready heading into subsequent weekend’s convention championship sport. Sure, you could possibly say that school football was changing into too stale, and now we take a look at a Playoff that undoubtedly gained’t have Ohio State or Clemson in it and may not even have Alabama in it if this weekend’s efficiency is any signal of issues to come back.
Final week: Beat Georgia Tech 45–0
Subsequent week: Alabama
The Dawgs had been the bee’s knees for his or her first of two in a row in downtown Atlanta. First up was hated rival Georgia Tech, who didn’t put up a lot of a combat from the very begin. On the finish of the day, Georgia has guys that do that, and Georgia Tech doesn’t.
2. Cincinnati (12–0)
Final week: Beat ECU 35–13
Subsequent week: Houston
Upset alert? I feel not. After a number of sluggish weeks, the Bearcats have dominated three groups they had been alleged to dominate. Even with two Desmond Ridder interceptions, this one wasn’t unsure.
Final week: Beat Ohio State 42–27
Subsequent week: Iowa
No, you didn’t learn that rating flawed. The Wolverines received the monkey off their again and slayed the Buckeyes for the primary time within the Jim Harbaugh period. There was no smoke and mirrors about this sport, it was a straight bodily beatdown on each strains of scrimmage. Aidan Hutchinson set a faculty file with three sacks and Hassan Haskins ran for 169 yards on the bottom to place a beefy exclamation level.
Final week: Beat Auburn 24–22 (4OT)
Subsequent week: Georgia
Don’t let the ultimate rating idiot you, this sport went to time beyond regulation tied at 10. The Tide merely couldn’t block Auburn up entrance. The Tigers got here with a dizzying array of blitzes to problem Bryce Younger and he had his worst sport as Bama’s quarterback, though he actually just isn’t absolutely responsible. And he led a 99-yard two minute drill to ship the sport to OT within the first place. This isn’t a classic Alabama monster, however they actually nonetheless get the job finished.
Final week: Beat Oklahoma 37–33
Subsequent week: Baylor
It’s not usually you survive a rivalry sport doing this:
However the Pokes did climate the storm and held on to lastly beat Oklahoma for the third time in Mike Gundy’s tenure. This sport had every thing, and as they are saying … something can occur in Bedlam.
Final week: Beat Stanford 45–14
Subsequent week: Idle
And now the Irish play the ready sport. Notre Dame has arguably one of the best loss within the nation as its one blemish within the early season sport to Cincinnati and so they have been ripping off dominating wins in the previous couple of weeks. You don’t get many factors for dominating this model of Stanford, however the Irish did deal with enterprise. Notre Dame’s playoff case is fairly good as they anticipate the chips to fall round them subsequent weekend.
Final week: Misplaced to Michigan 42–27
Subsequent week: Idle
It’s fairly jarring for the Buckeyes to have to sit down at dwelling throughout championship weekend. Ryan Day’s first convention loss to a bitter rival will definitely sting, notably once you consider how they had been dominated within the trenches. Ohio State might want to re-tool up entrance to get the place they need to go subsequent season.
8. Baylor (10–2)
Final week: Beat Texas Tech 27–24
Subsequent week: Oklahoma State
Not a foul Thanksgiving weekend for the Bears. Not solely do they get the win in-conference doing all they might to set themselves up for a matchup within the convention title sport, however additionally they appear to be they’ll retain head coach Dave Aranda for the foreseeable future. And due to Oklahoma State’s heroics, they’ll be in Dallas subsequent weekend.
Final week: Beat Oregon State 38–29
Subsequent week: Utah
It wasn’t fairly, however it’s a win over a rival and that’s nothing to scoff at. Oregon let Oregon State again within the sport late however stored them at arm’s size and finally gained. Now a rematch with the Utah group that simply stomped them final week awaits.
Final week: Beat Penn State 30–27
Subsequent week: Idle
The Spartans capped off a powerful common season wherein they retained Mel Tucker to an extension earlier this week after which beat the Nittany Lions in a winter wonderland to complete with 10 wins.
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