Sat. Jan 15th, 2022

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    The 2021 edition of college football rivalry week did not disappoint, bringing with it a day full of great games and some surprising results that will surely have an impact on the College Football Playoff.

    Saturday started with the Michigan Wolverines creating the biggest shakeup. Jim Harbaugh and Co. achieved a Big Ten Championship Game spot with a 42-27 win over Ohio State that will knock the Buckeyes out of the top four when the next set of rankings is released.

    The day became almost even more chaotic as Alabama unexpectedly had to work four overtime before they could shake Auburn in the Iron Bowl. Crimson Tide probably stayed alive and potentially achieved a CFP spot with a win over Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, but they do not come in with style points.

    Then it was Oklahoma State’s turn to get out of the schneid against a bitter rival. The Pokes came from nine points down in the fourth quarter to earn their first win over the Sooners since 2014, which will set them up with a crucial Big 12 title fight against Baylor.

    The weekend put an even higher effort on a number of conference championship games, which will hold plenty of potential for more shake things up. Let’s take a look at what the field might look like.

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    Orange Bowl (CFP semifinal): No. 1 Georgia Vs. No. 4 Cincinnati

    Cotton Bowl (CFP Semifinal): No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 Oklahoma State

    Rose bowl: Ohio State Vs. Utah

    Sugar bowl: Alabama Vs. Baylor

    Peach bowl: Notre Dame Vs. Pittsburgh

    Party bowl: Ole Miss vs. Oklahoma

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    Despite all the changes and fluctuations that came with Rivalry Week, one thing remained the same: the Georgia Bulldogs are still the team to be beaten in college football.

    There is no other way to look at it based on what they have done on the pitch. It’s hard to punch holes in their list. They have a defense that could go down as among the best in the modern era of college football. They allow a little more than seven points per. match. That trend continued as they beat Georgia Tech, allowing only the Jackets ’166 total yards and nine first downs.

    That kind of dominance is not out of the ordinary. The most points they have allowed all season were 17 for the Tennessee Volunteers, which boasts the 11th highest scoring offense in the country.

    They will face their biggest test to date in Alabama, but it’s hard to pick against this team. That became even more true when Alabama struggled to put Auburn away on Saturday.

    The Cincinnati Bearcats were big winners again in Week 13. After moving into the top four of the CFP Committee’s latest rankings, they saw another team placed ahead of them go down in Ohio State.

    The committee has never put a group of five teams in the playoffs, but it is running out of opportunities. It’s a likely scenario that only three of the Power Five champions will have at most one loss, and the Bearcats remained undefeated with a 35-13 win over East Carolina.

    They will draw the Houston Cougars in the AAC Championship Game. It will give them another chance to prove to the committee that they belong when the Cougars were ranked No. 24 in the recent playoff rankings.

    However, it is hard to see the committee placing them higher than a fourth place based on their previous treatment of G5 schools. So Luke Fickell’s team will have to prove themselves against the best team in college football if they want to win a national championship.

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    Both Michigan and Oklahoma State broke long losing streaks to their rival schools and are therefore queuing up to be selected for the playoffs.

    Michigan had not beaten Ohio State since 2011. So the fact that it broke that streak is impressive enough, but how it did make it even more daunting for Iowa (as it will see in the conference championship) and any potential opponents.

    The Wolverines simply had their way in the trenches against a defense that only gave up 3.1 yards per carry. carry.

    Running back Hassan Haskins had 169 yards and five touchdowns against Ohio State. The Hawkeyes have an even better running defense, but it might be as much if Michigan continues to block as well as it did on Saturday.

    A win over the Hawkeyes in the conference championship will likely lead the Wolverines to No. 2 spot after what they did with the former No. 2 while the college football world watched.

    Oklahoma State had a similar monkey on its back when it came to Oklahoma. Mike Gundy entered this year’s Bedlam game with just two wins over the Sooners in 17 games.

    Thanks to a great performance from quarterback Spencer Sanders and a fantastic second half from the defense, he was able to win No. 3 and beat rival Sooners out of the playoffs.

    The win should also put Oklahoma State in a good position to get into the playoffs. It has a chance to win another quality win because it will see the Baylor Bears in the big 12 title game. The Cowboys won the regular season competition with Dave Aranda’s team 24-14.

    The Bears survived a scare against Texas Tech last Saturday. The Red Raiders had a field goal in the final game of the game that would have sent it into overtime, but they missed and the Bears survived 24-21.

    That does not mean Oklahoma State will go for a walk in the park during the Big 12 Championship Game. Baylor finished with three wins in a row, including its own win over the Sooners.

    A win for Oklahoma State would make them a 1-loss Big 12 champion, which would be hard for the committee to overlook.

By Victor

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