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So much for "every game matters".
"We are excited to be returning to Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the College Football Playoffs", UA head coachNick Saban said.
"Because of Washington's strength of schedule, their margin for error was very slim". The Sooners finished 10-2. He is one of three Tide players with two defensive touchdowns this year, along with defensive backs Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison. So there are no arguments here nor, I doubt, in Norman, Okla.
Recruiting week:Ohio State didn't play in the Big Ten championship, so its coaches put the week to use on the recruiting trail. Maybe it's time to drain this swamp. He also noted that he wished he was in the Big Ten Championship when he was at home watching it.
During the bye week, Ohio State landed its highest-rated recruit.
While Penn State's non-conference schedule is respectable that includes a close victory over AAC champion Temple and a close defeat to four-loss Pittsburgh, it's not even comparable to the Buckeyes' blowout of Oklahoma. Oho State did not. The Tigers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 bowl games and the over is 5-0 in Tigers last 5 vs. a team with a winning record. Ohio State'scoaches got to work right after the MI game.
Ohio State made the first playoffs, and it was amid controversy because it seemed to have stolen TCU's spot when the Horned Frogs, without the benefit of a conference championship game, dropped from No. 3 to No. 6 and out of the playoffs.
Down 28-7 in the second quarter, the Nittany Lions showed no quit. Not to mention, Washington's only loss came at the hands of No. 9 USC.
If it's any consolation to Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, the Big Ten had the two best also-rans. Clemson and Washington suffered their lone losses in November. Penn State lost to Pitt and MI before closing the season with nine straight victories.
"While it was a challenging conversation, it was a detailed conversation that went hours upon hours, coming out this morning", Holcutt said. They win the Big Ten outright for the first time since 1994, and the best story in college football this season keeps getting better. Washington whipped Colorado 41-10 in the Pac-12 title game Friday night. The contest will kickoff at 7:00 p.m. eastern time on the New Year's Eve date and will be televised by ESPN.
Virginia Tech, of course, will be the Arkansas Razorbacks' opponent in the Belk Bowl and undoubtedly got all the bulletin board material it needed when a reported communication breakdown had Bret Bielema not including the Hokies in his last coach's poll of the season. In 2016 and 2014, the Big 12 drew the short straw.
Would it been tougher if Washington had eked out a win in the championship game?
Ohio State was selected as the No. 3 seed despite not winning the Big Ten championship.
The semifinal meeting will be a battle of teams that excel on both sides of the football.
As they say, you can't win a national championship in September. And the committee certainly exited the selection room patting itself on the back.
Cutting through all the numbers and all the discussion, the biggest reason the committee took Washington over Penn State was because it had only one loss and Penn State had two. "Our charge is to select the four best teams".
I don't fault the committee for picking the four that it did. And the fact that it was not and would not be a conference champion.
A loss to Virginia Tech would be the worst loss any of the teams who realistically have a shot at a playoff spot could have. And of course it'll be more fodder for those who say, well, the playoffs should be eight teams at least, not four.
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And Penn State did get blown out by MI and lost narrowly to Pittsburgh, though Clemson also fell to the confounding Panthers. Alabama will play Washington and Ohio State is set to face Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinals.
The No. 2 Buckeyes (11-1, 8-1 Big Ten, No. 2 CFP) lost control of their destiny when they stumbled at Penn State on October 22. The lineman said 'it is in basketball.' I said 'this isn't basketball.' He told me that he officiates basketball.
The top four teams qualify for the two semifinal games, which will be held at the Fiesta and Peach bowls on December 31. So Ohio State moved up three spots after scoring 62 points for a second consecutive week in a win at Maryland.
Penn State is going to sell out to stop Corey Clement, and how successful they are will go a long way to determining the game . Musso, Tindal, Dixon and returning starter Sojourn Shelton have combined for 16 of Wisconsin's FBS-leading 21 interceptions.
Wisconsin's opportunistic defense ranks third nationally in scoring defense (13.7) and rushing defense (100.8 yards per game). However, there's a bit of an injury concern, as he left the third quarter of last week's game with an apparent ankle injury.
The obvious answer, assuming the wins work out correctly, is to send the Pac-12 victor to Atlanta to face a higher seed. Clemson has been ranked in the top four of the CFP each of the last 10 rankings, something only Alabama can also boast.
The top 4 teams that will comprise the Playoff Semifinalists will be announced at noon on December 4. 3 p.m. or 7 p.m. The Sooners won last year's meeting, but Oklahoma State win in overtime the last time they played in Norman.
Despite being heavy underdogs against the No. 1 Buckeyes, No. 12 Michigan pulled off the stunning 24-12 upset in Michigan Stadium. The Big Ten is also represented in the rankings by Wisconsin at number-six, Penn State at number-seven and Nebraska at number-16.
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Penn State ranked No
Led by dynamic quarterback Deshaun Watson, Clemson lost to Alabama in the national championship game last season in Arizona. The selection protocol does not require the committee to pick conference champions or the victor of head-to-head matchups.
North Carolina looking like a national champion
The Hoosiers came out sluggish in the second half but for the most part were able to maintain an eight- to 10-point lead. It took almost 10 minutes before the Tar Heels were able to engage their overpowering inside game for a low-post basket.
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