There are two things that would likely eliminate Utah from consideration for making the College Football Playoff. A win for LSU would probably knock Georgia out and make room for a team like Oklahoma or Baylor.
A day after No. 5 Utah lost in the Pac-12 championship game, and before No. 4 Georgia fell 37-10 to No. 1 LSU in the SEC title game, Oklahoma became the first team in any league to win 10 conference championship games.
ESPN will air the College Football Playoff Selection Show from noon to 4 p.m. ET on Sunday. We will never get back that week spent debating whether Utah or Oklahoma (or Baylor) should make the playoff.
The Tigers have done their part.
Paul Chryst's team won the toss, elected to receive, hit Quintez Cephus for a 27-yard completion on the first play of the game and scored on a 44-yard Taylor run. Is that enough to flip-flop with Ohio State one more and snag a berth in the nearby Peach Bowl semifinal in Atlanta?
Right now, it looks like three teams have a sealed ticket to the system of four teams if they win this weekend - leaving as many as four teams playing for one of those final spots and having some wondering if a team not playing this weekend could sneak in...or even worse, a team that loses. But the bowl game will very likely be played without coach Mike Norvell, who is next in line at Florida State.
And then the second half kicked off. Appalachian State has now won or shared the last four Sun Belt championships, the latest under first-year coach Eli Drinkwitz.
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Miami claimed its first MAC championship and ensured its first winning finish since 2010 with a 26-21 win against Central Michigan. Three years later, they will run that back.
After slow starts each, Fields finished 19-of-31 for 299 yards and three touchdowns, while JK Dobbins carried 33 times for 172 yards and a score. The Ducks delivered, dominating the Utes 37-15 in the PAC-12 Championship. Wisconsin should remain above Penn State and head to the Rose Bowl to face Oregon.
There's no bigger loser from this weekend than the Utes, who entered the championship game with a good shot at cementing No. 4 in the final playoff rankings but instead flopped in the one-sided loss. Both teams have been similarly dominant throughout the season.
The loss stings, doubly so when you consider the Bears' two losses on the season came to Oklahoma by a combined 10 points. The victor of the playoff determines the national champion at the top level of college football.
The Tigers impressed just about everyone watching the game - in the stands and at home.
No. 1 LSU vs. For Memphis, it means losing Norvell to Florida State, which is searching for a replacement for Willie Taggart. Ole Miss fired coach Matt Luke on Sunday.
Ohio State accepted the ball to open the second half and rolled 75 yards in five plays, as Justin Fields found Chris Olave for a 50-yard gain and tight end Jeremy Ruckert for a 16-yard touchdown.