After championship weekend, we now know who the four College Football playoff teams are. Some of the games/scores were surprising and some results were not. Now that the picture is clear, here is a look at the latest Top Ten.
1) LSU Tigers (13-0) defeated #7 Georgia Bulldogs 37-10
The Tigers capped off a terrific regular season by destroying the Bulldogs in the SEC title game. Quarterback Joe Burrow cemented the Heisman trophy with a superb performance, going 28 of 38 for 349 yards with four touchdowns. Wide receiver Justin Jefferson had 115 receiving yards and a touchdown. The defense held Georgia’s offense under 300 total yards and forced two turnovers.
Next game- Peach Bowl vs. #4 Oklahoma Sooners
2) Ohio State (13-0) defeated #12 Wisconsin Badgers 34-21
The Buckeyes got off to a sluggish start in the first half but found their groove in the second half to beat the Badgers in the Big Ten title game. Quarterback Justin Fields wasn’t sharp but got the job done, going 19 of 31 for 299 yards with three touchdowns. Running back J.K. Dobbins ran for 172 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Chris Olave had 94 receiving yards. The defense buckled down after struggling to contain Wisconsin’s offense in the first half.
Next game- Fiesta Bowl vs. #3 Clemson Tigers
3) Clemson Tigers (13-0) defeated #25 Virginia Cavaliers 62-17
The Tigers left no doubt in blowing out the Cavaliers in the ACC title game. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence finished strong, going 16 of 22 for 302 yards with four touchdowns. Running back Travis Etienne rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Tee Higgins had 182 receiving yards and three touchdowns. The defense did its job containing Virginia’s offense and forced three turnovers.
Next game- Fiesta Bowl vs. #2 Ohio State Buckeyes
4) Oklahoma Sooners (12-1) defeated #6 Baylor Bears 30-23 OT
The Sooners showed their mettle in beating the Bears in overtime. Quarterback Jalen Hurts was just good enough, going 17 of 24 for 287 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Wide receiver CeeDee Lamb had 173 receiving yards. The defense came up big holding Baylor’s offense under 300 total yards and had six sacks.
Next game- Peach Bowl vs. #1 LSU Tigers
5) Oregon Ducks (11-2) defeated #11 Utah Utes 37-15
The Ducks bounced back after last week’s loss to crush the Utes and win the PAC 12 title. Quarterback Justin Herbert was decent, going 14 of 26 for 193 yards with a touchdown. Running back CJ Verdell was a workhorse, rushing for 208 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Johnny Johnson III had 87 receiving yards and a touchdown. The defense came up huge, keeping Utah’s offense in check and forced two turnovers.
Next game- Rose Bowl vs. #12 Wisconsin Badgers
6) Baylor Bears (11-2) lost to #4 Oklahoma Sooners 30-23 OT
The Bears narrowly missed out on a playoff berth when they lost to the Sooners in overtime. Third string quarterback Jacob Zeno almost pulled a Houdini act in relief, going 2 of 6 for 159 yards with a touchdown. Wide receiver Trestan Ebner had 84 receiving yards and a touchdown. The defense couldn’t hold off Oklahoma’s comeback but did force two turnovers.
Next game- Sugar Bowl vs. #7 Georgia Bulldogs
7) Georgia Bulldogs (11-2) lost to #1 LSU Tigers 37-10
The Bulldogs had no answer for the Tigers on either side of the ball in their loss. Quarterback Jake Fromm struggled, going 20 of 42 for 225 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. The defense was solid against the run but gave up too many big plays to LSU’s passing attack.
Next game- Sugar Bowl vs. #6 Baylor Bears
8) Florida Gators (10-2) Idle
Next game- Orange Bowl vs. #25 Virginia Cavaliers
9) Auburn Tigers (9-3) Idle
Next game- Outback Bowl vs. #15 Minnesota Golden Gophers
10) Alabama Crimson Tide (10-2) Idle
Next game- Citrus Bowl vs. #16 Michigan Wolverines