Well, football fans, the time is here. Titles get decided, debates get settled, and the action should be exciting to cap off one doosy of a season. We’re closing in on the inaugural College Football Playoff, and fans of college football can’t wait!
The week began with a bang. The University of Central Florida won a share of the American Athletic Conference title with a win over East Carolina…but how they did it was crazy! East Carolina stormed back from a three-score deficit in the fourth quarter, and stopped UCF on 4th& 20 with less than two minutes left. In its last drive, East Carolina took a knee three times and took a sack on fourth down…with only ten seconds to go. Undaunted, UCF completed a pass to their 49 yard line. Then on the last play of the game, they hauled up a Hail Mary into the left side of the end zone and it was caught on a dead run over a handful of leaping defenders! What a finish! These two teams aren’t even ranked, and they kicked off the weekend with a game that was hard to top.
The Bedlam game was bonkers! Okahoma State returned a punt for a 92-yard touchdown with under a minute to go, and went on to beat 20thranked Oklahoma in overtime! Cincinnati won a share of the American Athletic Conference title with a 38031 win over Houston, and Marshall finished 12-1 and took the Conference USA title with a 26-23 win over scrappy Louisiana Tech.
At the top of the playoff race, the Oregon Ducks locked down their position with a 51-13 pounding of Arizona and TCU blasted Iowa State 55-3. Top-ranked Alabama beat Missouri 42-13, securing its spot. No. 6 Baylor beat Kansas State 38-27, meaning they split the B12 12 title with…TCU. Adding to the drama, no. 5 Ohio State beat Wisconsin by an astounding 59-0, making their own case for a playoff seed. Last but not least, Florida State eked out a tense one over no. 11 Georgia Tech, 37-35. All six of the top ranked teams won their games, but the Seminoles were the only ones who didn’t win decisively. Will it cost them?
With less than 24 hours until the official playoff selection, debates are raging all over the college football world. Who are your four? Is being undefeated enough to keep Florida State in, or does one of the Big 12 teams take their spot? How about Ohio State, who continues to crank out points despite losing another quarterback?
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