Wild weekend gave these title games much-needed meaning

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 11:19:58 AM. Saturday was a win for college football, a significant victory for the sport that is already enjoying a wildly unpredictable and thrilling regular season. Losses by Notre Dame and Georgia went a lo…
Saturday was a win for college football, a significant victory for the sport that is already enjoying a wildly unpredictable and thrilling regular season. Losses by Notre Dame and Georgia went a long way to guaranteeing heavy drama for championship weekend three weeks from now. It cleared up the College Football Playoff picture yet kept the participants in doubt. It sets up the possibility of winner-take-all championship games in the ACC (Clemson-Miami), SEC (Georgia-Alabama), and Big Ten (Ohio State-Wisconsin), the victor selected to compete for a national championship, the loser going to a meaningless bowl game. Add in the Big 12 final, where Oklahoma will almost certainly be playing for its playoff life, too, and it has the makings for the most dramatic championship weekend since the playoff was installed four years ago. Obviously, the final two weeks of the regular season could change this, but as it stands, those conference finals will be pseudo-elimination games, like an extra round of playoffs. Compare that to last year, when Ohio State made the playoff even without playing in its conference title game, while the other three entrants, Alabama, Washington and Clemson, faced non-contenders. Start in the SEC, where Georgia’s ugly 40-17 loss at Auburn makes it unlikely the conference gets two teams. The Bulldogs now have to beat Alabama (or Auburn if it knocks off the Crimson Tide in the Iron Bowl) in the SEC title game. And, let’s say for argument sake, Alabama loses. The...Read more
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