Wednesday, 16 Jan 2019
Sport

College Football Playoff Loses Chaos Factor While Oklahoma Leads Texas

Delete the chaos scenario.

Perhaps the worst possibility for the college football selection committee was to lose Georgia, Ohio State and Oklahoma on Saturday.

With the The Sooners' 39-27 loss to Texas in the Big 12 title match should not be part of a two-game losing streak to complete the four-team playoffs with strong conference teams. Notre Dame (12-0) has already finished with his schedule and Alabama (12-0) and Clemson (12-0) can finish with one loss.

Georgia was therefore forced to surprise Alabama in the SEC title game – which was almost the case in the overwhelming Tide's win 35-28 later on Saturday. And this reduces Ohio State's room for maneuver to reach the semi-finals – unless the playoff committee decides to pass the Buckeyes over a Big 12 champion.

Not that it did not happen before.

WINNERS

Oklahoma. The Sooners are in the club at 12-1 after avenging their only loss of the season. Kyler Murray had 379 yards and three touchdowns and Oklahoma's defense played a vital fourth quarter game for the second week in a row with a 39-27 victory over Texas.

While Murray was doing his part to keep his name in conversation with Heisman, Oklahoma's defense has limited Texas to 13 points over the last eight possessions of the Longhorns, whose one is ended with the return of Sam Ehlinger by Tre Brown in the end zone. 32-27. Murray then led a 11-game touchdown that took more than six minutes to seal the game.

It's three consecutive Big 12 titles for the Sooners, who hope to play their third playoff game in the past four seasons.

Washington. The Huskies are going to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 18 seasons after defeating Utah, 10-3, in the Pac-12 title game on Friday night. While Washington (10-3) aspired higher for its season, a trip to Pasadena is not serious.

Scott Satterfield. One of the best coaches of the Group of Five won the title of the conference while the Appalachian State faced Louisiana-Lafayette, 30-19. The Mountaineers (10-2) will travel to the New Orleans Bowl.

Will Satterfield be with them? Good question. He has played 51-24 wins in six seasons in Boone, Nc, including a brilliant 29-9 over the last three years. This is the kind of record that will certainly attract the attention of more prestigious programs.

Virginia Tech. The series of bowls continues to live. Ryan Willis threw four touchdown passes in a 41-20 loss to Marshall in a hastily arranged match that allowed the Hokies to win their playoff eligibility for the 26th consecutive year.

This race was seriously questioned when the Hokies were sitting at 4-6 two weeks ago. But after a defeat in overtime against Virginia, Justin Fuente's team had no trouble spreading the Thundering Herd in a match finalized last month. Virginia Tech was fortunate to add a match this week because of the cancellation of a hurricane match against East Carolina earlier in the season.

losers

Pac-12. The end of the very bad conference season would not have been more appropriate. An announced crowd of 35,134 people gathered at Levi's Stadium (capacity: 68,500 people) to watch Utah and Washington fail to score an offensive touchdown in a non-playoff game. The teams combined for 494 yards and 13 points, a display almost entirely forgotten.

The most impressive part of the game was Washington, which had 17 shots on 73 yards and more than 10 minutes remaining. And then it ended with a blocked field placement.

The match ended with a seemingly controversial passover over Washington, leaving Utes coach Kyle Whittingham upset in front of the officials as he headed for the middle to shake Chris Petersen's hand. Washington.

Heart rate fans of Iowa State. A reprogrammed game is not supposed to create so many headaches for a Power Five team. This is certainly not supposed to cause anxiety about an FCS team. And it is almost inconceivable that this can happen against a team that does not offer scholarships.

Well, do not tell it to Iowa State.

We thank Drake for allowing the Cyclones (8-4) to win their 27-24 win. But that was not the kind of performance that Iowa State is likely to celebrate.

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