Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Sports: College Football (Week 14 - Championship Week)

The final weekend of college football settled who was going to the playoffs and which teams were only pretenders in the top four. Some of the games were competitive while others were straight up blowouts. The Bowls are set up after the conference championships and one true winner will be crowned a week after new year's day in the National Championship.

ACC Championship

The Miami Hurricanes had a chance to knock the reigning champions off the top but couldn't come through at all. The Clemson Tigers took the game in a massive victory 38-3. Miami already had a huge loss to Pittsburgh right before this so they dropped to tenth and will play in the Orange Bowl against Wisconsin. Clemson returns to the College Football Playoffs against their Championship opponent for the last two years in a tie-breaker in the series, a Sugar Bowl against Alabama. 

Big 12 Championship

Heisman Trophy frontrunner Baker Mayfield led the Sooners past a weak TCU Horned Frogs team. With only one blemish on their record, Oklahoma moves on to the Rose Bowl where they will face Georgia. TCU faces Stanford in the Alamo Bowl. 

Big Ten Championship

In one upset of Saturday, Ohio State redeemed their rough season with a win over the undefeated Wisconsin Badgers 27-21. The Buckeyes did not earn enough respect to gain passage to the playoffs but they will take on the PAC-12 champs USC in the Cotton Bowl. Wisconsin has Miami in the Orange Bowl.

SEC Championship
The other upset came from Georgia who lost to Auburn earlier this season. The Bulldogs turned the tables and were dominant against the Tigers who were the same way toward them during their previous meetings. Auburn beat Alabama to make it into the SEC Championship but the Crimson Tide with only one loss will still push into the playoffs for the fourth straight year of their existence. Georgia takes on Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl while Auburn takes on UCF in the Peach Bowl.

The developments of the last few weeks are exciting and the end of December will be full of great football. I am going to predict that the Bulldogs upset the Sooners while Clemson beats Bama. I'll go ahead and say Clemson wins it all again, though my predictive abilities have been pretty poor lately. I would like to see Oklahoma or Georgia take home the championship but we'll see what happens.

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