This week's top 5 teams
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Nation Awaits CFP Rankings
The Championship Games are in the record books and chaos reigns in college football after Alabama defeated two time defending National Champ Georgia 27-24 Saturday afternoon. Three teams maneuvered their way through the 2023 regular season unbeaten and will no doubt finish #1,2,3 in some order, but the 4th place will be the hardest decision the playoff committee has ever had to make. Three teams, all 12-1, have a legitimate argument for the #4 position. The just released Billingsley Report shows Alabama rising to secure the final spot, edging out Georgia followed by Ohio State with Texas coming in at #7. The Longhorns certainly have a good claim considering they beat Alabama in Tuscaloosa in September, but the Horns later lost to arch rival Oklahoma and Alabama sailed on to 11 straight victories playing a more difficult schedule. Still, the CFP is known to place a lot of value to head to head competition so it's going to be interesting to see the final results scheduled to begin releasing ay 11 AM this morning CT. The Bowl matchups will be released throughout this afternoon.
Rivalry Weekend closes out Regular Season
Although the Army/Navy game officially closes the regular season, the Conference Championship Games are all set with the final piece of the puzzle falling into place this morning when the Mountain West announced Nevada-Las Vegas will host Boise State for the title crown. Friday night Liberty will host New Mexico State for the C-USA title while Oregon and Washington will play for the Pac 12 crown in Las Vegas. Saturday morning games find Texas and Oklahoma State battling for the Big 12 Title in Arlington along with Miami (Ohio) and Toledo squaring off in Detroit. Afternoon games include Boise State at Nevada-Las Vegas, Georgia and Alabama in Atlanta, SMU at Tulane, and Appalachian State at Troy. The night games are Michigan and Iowa in Indianapolis and Louisville and Florida State in Charlotte. The four teams selected for the CFP will be announced next Sunday morning. Expect some major surprises if Alabama beats Georgia or Iowa beats Michigan. Projections post Monday.
Washington Nips Oregon State 22-20
The much hyped game of the day out on the West Coast lived up to it's billing as Washington escaped a furious upset bid by Oregon State, finally prevailing 22-20. The Huskies forged a comfortable 22-10 lead at the half but the second half was all Beavers, pulling to within 2 points before Washington's defense stiffened just enough to seal the victory. Washington remained unbeaten at 11-0 and earned a spot in the Pac 12 Championship game. Around the Nation: Louisville beat Miami (Fla.) 38-31 to secure a spot in the ACC Championship game against Florida State. Iowa put together a late TD drive to down visiting Illinois 15-13 and won the Big 10 West Division. The Hawkeyes will meet the winner of the Ohio State/Michigan game Saturday for the Big 10 Crown. Oklahoma survived their first ever trip to Provo, Utah with a 31-24 squeaker over BYU sparked by a 100 yard pick six by the Sooner defense. Georgia inched closer to #1 Ohio State in this week's Billingsley Report with a 38-10 thrashing of Tennessee in Knoxville, and New Mexico State pulled a huge upset on the Plains at Auburn, surprising The Tigers 31-10. Projections post Monday.
Missouri Destroys Tennessee 36-7
Rocky Top took their show on the road to Columbia Saturday and ran across a den of hungry Tigers. Missouri, 8-2 on the season, with losses only to Georgia and LSU, clearly established themselves as the second best team in the SEC East. Around the Nation: The game between Florida State and Miami (Fla.) felt like the good ole days as the two battled for 4 quarters with the Seminoles coming out on top 27-20. North Carolina and Duke went thru 2 OT with the Tar Heels out lasting the Blue Devils 47-45. Michigan finally played a worthy opponent and proved they are deserving of a Top 5 ranking. The Wolverines topped Penn State in Happy Valley 24-15. Texas held off a furious TCU rally to nip the Horned Frogs 29-26. Oklahoma got back on the winning track in a big way, running all over West Virginia 59-20. Washington took a giant leap toward the PAC 12 Title game with a 35-28 win over Utah. Oregon is right on their heels with a solid 36-27 win over USC., but don't settle in on the Huskie / Duck rematch just yet. Red hot Oregon State has a lot to say about that. The Beavers next two games are with Washington and Oregon. Georgia just obliterated Ole Miss 52-17 and a shout out to the ever improving Auburn Tigers who traveled to Fayetteville and trounced the Hogs 48-10. Projections post Monday.
Texas Survives Kansas State in 33-30 Thriller
The first half was all Longhorns and it appeared to have all the makings of a runaway, but Texas miscues ignited the Wildcats who fought back to tie the game 30-30 and send it to overtime. Texas took a 33-30 lead and Kansas State, forced with a 4th and goal, opted not to try a field goal to tie and force a second overtime. Texas stopped the 4th down try with a stout goal line stand, securing the victory. Around the Nation: Oklahoma State sent Oklahoma packing to the SEC with a 27-24 win over the Sooners in the last Bedlam game. Kansas went on the road to Ames and squeaked by the Cyclones 28-21. Clemson potentially salvaged their season season with a 31-23 upset over Notre Dame. Army stunned highly favored and undefeated Air Force 23-3 in Denver. Washington handed USC their third loss on the season with a 52-42 win in the Coliseum. Arizona continued an upward trend with a 27-10 win over UCLA. The Wildcats are now 6-3 on the season. Georgia moved to 9-0 with a 30-21 win over Missouri, lifting the Bulldogs to #2 in this week's Billingsley Report behind Ohio State. Alabama moved closer to the SEC West Title with a 42-28 victory over LSU, and Ole Miss hosted the Aggies and nipped Texas A&M 38-35. Projections post Monday.
Kansas Surprises Oklahoma 38-33
The Sooner's hopes for an undefeated season and a shot at the college football playoffs evaporated in the cold misty rain in Lawrence, Kansas Saturday afternoon. The Jayhawks came to play football, jumping out to a 14-0 lead. The Sooners fought back and the game went back and forth with multiple lead changes, but Kansas took the lead with 55 seconds left and held on as Oklahoma furiously moved down field on what looked like might be another miracle win, only to see the ball overthrown in the end zone as time expired. Kansas broke an 18 game losing streak to the Sooners. The game is one of the greatest in Jayhawk history and sets Kansas up for a possible run at the Big 12 Title. Around the Nation: Louisville dominated a good Duke team 23-0 and plants the Cardinals among the elite teams of the ACC with a 7-1 record. Ohio State traveled to Madison and came away with a 24-10 victory. The win solidified The Buckeyes #1 ranking in this week's Billingsley Report. Penn State survived a powerful upset bid by Indiana, finally securing a 33-24 win. Texas destroyed BYU 35-6 while Kansas State was dismantling Houston 41-0. Oklahoma State finally pulled away from Cincinnati for a 45-13 win. The Cowboys and Sooners meet in Stillwater for the last Bedlam Game next Saturday. The Ducks traveled to Salt Lake City and dominated Utah 35-6. Arizona scored a late TD to nip visiting Oregon State 27-24. Georgia beat Florida in their annual rivalry game in Jacksonville 43-20. Tennessee outlasted Kentucky in Lexington 33-27. This weeks projections will not post until Tuesday.