Heather DinichESPN Senior WriterShut
- College soccer reporter
- Joined ESPN.com in 2007
- Graduate of Indiana University
GRAPEVINE, Texas — This is doubtless to be the shortest meeting the College Football Playoff selection committee has needed to this point, because the convention championship game results did the bulk of the work for the committee, whittling the discipline down to an apparent top four.
Oklahoma got the obtain it wished over Baylor within the Accurate 12 convention championship — and equally as major — the back it wished, with Utah and Georgia both losing. The Sooners could perchance well merely mute run into that fourth direct within the attend of the three final undefeated teams: LSU, Ohio Notify and Clemson.
The largest debate for the thirteen committee members could perchance well merely mute point of curiosity on who’s No. 1, Ohio Notify or LSU? Following the Accurate Ten title game, the committee members moved into the room they call “Resolution Central” to inaugurate up their deliberations. The closing verdict could be published at noon on Sunday on ESPN.
Right here’s a more in-depth seek at how every of the video games will affect the committee’s decision:
No. 1 Ohio Notify 34, No. Eight Wisconsin 21
Justin Fields lofts one into the slay zone for Jeremy Ruckert who snags it with one hand for the touchdown.
Ohio Notify refrained from the upset in opposition to Wisconsin to acquire the Accurate Ten and lock up a direct within the head four, however the Buckeyes could perchance well merely contain lost their No. 1 seed to LSU. Whereas Ohio Notify trailed Wisconsin 21-7 on the half, the Tigers had been some distance extra dominant in their obtain in opposition to No. Four Georgia. Which formula Ohio Notify would face the undefeated defending national champs, Clemson, within the semifinal, and it could per chance per chance perchance doubtless be within the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. Whoever is the No. 1 seed — Ohio Notify or LSU — would be rewarded with the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta on yarn of it is miles geographically nearer to both of them.
No. 2 LSU 37, No. Four Georgia 10
Joe Burrow puts defenders on ice skates and completes a Seventy one-yard lope to Justin Jefferson which in a roundabout procedure results in an LSU touchdown.
Undefeated No. 2 LSU handled No. Four Georgia with ease, successful the SEC and locking up a direct within the head four — but modified into as soon as it ample to the United States Ohio Notify for the No. 1 direct? It could per chance perchance well merely mute be the committee’s largest debate this year. Resolution committee chair Care for Mullens said on Tuesday that Ohio Notify’s defense had a miniature edge and modified into as soon as a setting apart element between the two teams, however the Tigers shut down a depleted Georgia offense and forced Jake Fromm into two interceptions. With four wins in opposition to four opponents ranked within the committee’s top 12 (Florida, Auburn, Alabama and now Georgia), LSU has a case for the supreme résumé within the country. LSU’s obtain also knocked Georgia out of the playoff and opened the fourth direct for Accurate 12 champion Oklahoma.
No. Three Clemson 62, No. 23 Virginia 17
Trevor Lawrence connects with Tee Higgins for an 11-yard touchdown and his third of the sport.
Clemson won its eighth straight game by after all 30 capabilities, leaving minute doubt it be a top-four crew with its ACC championship game obtain over No. 23 Virginia. It be doubtless the undefeated Tigers soar to the No. 2 direct, reckoning on the final consequence of the Accurate Ten championship game, however the No. 1 direct will doubtless lope to LSU. The obtain modified into as soon as Clemson’s first in opposition to a CFP top 25 opponent, but Virginia will doubtlessly drop out on Resolution Day. If that is the case, Clemson incessantly is the main semifinalist with out a obtain in opposition to a CFP top 25 crew. This would be Clemson’s fifth straight day out to the playoff, and the Tigers would be playing for his or her third CFP title under Dabo Swinney, successful in 2016 and 2018.
No. 17 Memphis 29, No. 20 Cincinnati 24
Brady White finds Antonio Gibson for the six-yard touchdown giving the Tigers the leisurely lead.
No. 20 Memphis doubtless locked up a direct within the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Traditional after its AAC championship obtain over No. 20 Cincinnati, the second time in two weeks the Tigers had been in a position to defeat the Bearcats. Whereas it does not affect the head four, it be mute a truly powerful consequence to the Original Year’s Six Bowl lineup, because the supreme-ranked convention champion from the Community of 5 is assured a direct. With Memphis successful, the AAC refrained from the probability of a two-loss champ being in contrast with No. 19 Boise Notify, which defeated Hawai’i 31-10 to acquire the Mountain West. No. 21 Appalachian Notify also defeated Louisiana to acquire the Solar Belt, but all of them contain been taking a seek up on the AAC within the committee’s rankings this season, and that’s the reason no longer going to trade on Resolution Day.
No. 6 Oklahoma 30, No. 7 Baylor 23 (OT)
After an exhilarating four quarters, Oklahoma seals the sport with stifling defense in time beyond law to defeat Baylor 30-23 and obtain its second consecutive Accurate 12 championship.
It wasn’t precisely successful with style, but with Oklahoma’s time beyond law obtain in opposition to Baylor — the second time this season the Sooners defeated the Bears — figuring out the head four could perchance well merely mute be extremely easy for the committee. After LSU beat No. Four Georgia to commence the closing direct, the Accurate 12 champs could perchance well merely mute run appropriate in with minute debate, because the Sooners supreme added one more top-10 obtain and convention title to their résumé.
Oklahoma’s defense, which modified into as soon as traditionally contemptible closing year, has improved tremendously this season under coordinator Alex Grinch and modified into as soon as a key element on Saturday. Though OU has won shut video games for over a month (successful by supreme 6.5 capabilities per game in November), its convention title and wins over ranked opponents Baylor and No. 25 Oklahoma Notify will operate it easy for the committee to clarify the No. Four direct. No. 5 Utah is sure to drop after its loss to Oregon within the Pac-12 title game on Friday night, opening the door for OU to return to the semifinals.
No. thirteen Oregon 37, No. 5 Utah 15
CJ Verdell runs for 208 yards and three touchdowns as Oregon wins 37-15 to stable its direct within the Rose Bowl.
On a night when the Pac-12 had the selection committee’s undivided consideration because the totally game being played, No. 5 Utah flopped in unbelievable style, as two-loss Oregon completely outplayed the Utes en path to successful the convention championship.
Utah’s loss beaten the Pac-12’s playoff hopes, but it completely modified into as soon as precisely what the Accurate 12 wished. The winner of Saturday’s game between Oklahoma and Baylor could be in top position to enact within the fourth direct — assuming No. 2 LSU knocks No. Four Georgia out of it. If Georgia loses, the Allstate Playoff Predictor presents Oklahoma a 70% probability to operate the playoff with a Accurate 12 title, and Baylor a fifty nine% probability with a obtain.