A season’s worth of speculation, hail mary wins and upsets have brought us to the climatic point college football fans nationwide have been waiting for. Conference Championships and Bragging Rights.
When the season began what if we told you there would be an undefeated team playing for the Big 10 championship? Doesn’t sound too crazy right?! But, what if it wasn’t Ohio State and in fact the Buckeyes wouldn’t even be invited. Iowa would step in as the undefeated favorite matched up against a tough Michigan State opponent for the Big 10 crown, which is slowly becoming the toughest conference (numbers don’t lie SEC fans).
It was well worth the wait as there would no undefeated stroll this year, Michigan State fought their way to a last minute win after not seeing the end zone for the majority of the game. Guess Draymond Green has even more reason to celebrate as his alma mater follows suit and becomes Champions as well. Next Stop: Glendale.
— Spartan Football (@MSU_Football) December 6, 2015
It’s only right to follow Big 10 with the SEC, and as usual Bama would show up and show out easing their way back into the playoff discussion despite an early loss. It was another bully like performance by the Heisman hopeful Derrick Henry who carried the team on his back with 44 carries and 189 yards. The night also put him ahead of running back legend Herschel Walker’s record for SEC rushing yards in a season. After the dismantling of Florida 29-15, it is back to the CFB Playoff for the Tide – hopefully they can avenge last year’s loss.
Pre-season you may have had Bama or Ohio State running the table and going undefeated but that is one of the greatest things about the world of college sports. You never know. We didn’t all expect Deshaun Watson to stack 420 yards and 5 TDs in the ACC Championship to cap an undefeated season for Clemson while their coach started a “dab” frenzy. That was the case however as Clemson has solidified a chance at the National Championship after beating a UNC team 45-37 that had a surprisingly great year. The program clearly noticed, extending their head coach Larry Fedora’s contract for another 7 years. Not bad.
Although those are the games that had a lot of attention because of the national championship implications, that is definitely not where it ended for Saturday’s Conference action.
SU Performance of the Week:
Stanford’s running back Christian McCaffrey has been putting up crazy numbers ALL season, proving week in and week out he is truly as good as advertised. Pretty sure that is no longer even up for discussion, the kid has skills. Saturday against USC, McCaffrey broke Barry Sanders rushing record as he piled up 461 yards to help his team hoist the Pac 12 Championship hardware. Sundays will instantly improve for a lucky NFL team next year, after all his dad did spend a little time in the league snagging 3 super bowl rings (two alongside Hall of Famer John Elway.)
After today the CFB Playoff picture has finally taken shape, granted nothing is 100% when it comes to the selection committee but right now it’s looking pretty legit: Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Michigan State.