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The real College Football season starts next week. There are two types of teams left: those that control their own fate and those that don’t. There are two realistic scenarios to consider: the top three teams win and Utah, Oklahoma or Baylor is the fourth team in, or Georgia beats LSU in the SEC championship and the top four are set with some shuffling. Here is the latest rankings:
1) LSU Tigers (12-0) defeated Texas A&M Aggies 50-7
The Tigers ended the regular season by destroying the Aggies. Quarterback Joe Burrow was spectacular, going 23 of 32 for 352 yards with three touchdowns. Wide receiver JaMarr Chase was great with 197 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The defense held Texas A&M’s offense under 200 total yards and forced three turnovers.
Next game- SEC Championship vs. #4 Georgia Bulldogs
2) Ohio State Buckeyes (12-0) defeated #16 Michigan Wolverines 56-27
The Buckeyes outplayed the Wolverines in every phase to pound out the win. Quarterback Justin Fields was electric, going 14 of 25 for 302 yards with four touchdowns. Running back J.K. Dobbins ran for 211 yards and four touchdowns. Wide receiver Garrett Wilson had 118 receiving yards and one touchdown. The defense bent but didn’t break and forced two turnovers.
Next game- Big Ten Championship vs. #8 Wisconsin Badgers
3) Clemson Tigers (12-0) defeated South Carolina 38-3
The Tigers had no trouble dispatching of the Gamecocks for the victory. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence was on his game, going 26 of 36 for 295 yards with three touchdowns. Wide receivers Justyn Ross (111 receiving yards and a touchdown) and Tee Higgins (101 receiving yards and two touchdowns) were making plays all game. The defense held South Carolina’s offense under 200 total yards and had two sacks.
Next game- ACC Championship vs. #22 Virginia Cavaliers
4) Georgia Bulldogs (11-1) defeated Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 52-7
The Bulldogs jumped on the Yellow Jackets early and ran away with an easy win. Quarterback Jake Fromm didn’t look sharp, going 14 of 29 for 254 yards with four touchdowns. The defense held Georgia Tech’s offense to 139 total yards and forced a turnover.
Next game- SEC Championship vs. #1 LSU Tigers
5) Utah Utes (11-1) defeated Colorado Buffaloes 45-15
The Utes simply overwhelmed the Buffaloes for the victory. Quarterback Tyler Huntley was efficient, going 14 of 17 for 165 yards with two touchdowns. The defense held Colorado’s offense to 217 total yards and forced five sacks. There is nothing pretty or flashy about Utah but they continue to get the job done.
Next game- PAC 12 Championship vs #13 Oregon Ducks
6) Oklahoma Sooners (11-1) defeated #21 Oklahoma State Cowboys 34-16
The Sooners took care of the in-state rival Cowboys to get the win. Quarterback Jalen Hurts was his normal self, going 13 of 16 for 163 yards with a touchdown. He also ran for 61 yards and a touchdown. Running back Kennedy Brooks rushed for 160 yards and a score. The defense gave up big plays but Colorado could only score one touchdown.
Next game- Big 12 Championship vs. #7 Baylor Bears
7) Baylor Bears (11-1) defeated Kansas Jayhawks 61-6
The Bears destroyed the less talented Jayhawks to get the victory. Quarterback Charlie Brewer was pedestrian, going 13 of 25 for 182 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Running back Jamycal Hasty had 92 rushing yards and three touchdowns. The defense held Kansas’ offense under 300 total yards and forced six turnovers.
Next game- Big 12 Championship vs. #6 Oklahoma Sooners
8) Wisconsin Badgers (10-2) defeated #15 Minnesota Golden Gophers 38-17
The Badgers looked impressive going on the road to beat the Golden Gophers. Quarterback Jack Coan was efficient, going 15 of 22 for 280 yards with two touchdowns. Wide receiver Quintez Cephus had 114 receiving yards and a touchdown. The defense gave up yards but very few points and forced two turnovers.
Next game- Big Ten Championship vs. #2 Ohio State Buckeyes
9) Florida Gators (10-2) defeated Florida State Seminoles 40-17
The Gators jumped out to a big first half lead and cruised to the easy win. Quarterback Kyle Trask was sensational, going 30 of 41 for 343 yards with three touchdowns. The defense held Florida State’s offense to 250 total yards and had eight sacks.
Next game- Bowl game vs. TBA
10) Alabama Crimson Tide (10-2) lost to #11 Auburn Tigers 48-45
The Crimson Tide couldn’t overcome two crucial turnovers and fell to in state rival Tigers. Quarterback Mac Jones had up an and down game. The up was 26 of 39 for 335 yards with four touchdowns. The down was throwing two pick six interceptions. Running back Najee Harris ran for 146 yards and a touchdown. The defense had too many penalties and breakdowns that Auburn exploited.
Next game- Bowl game vs. TBA