NCAA Football Championship Saturday Report

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We’re going to recap last week’s CFB action in our NCAA football Championship Saturday report. We’re also going to analyze which teams made the College Football Playoff (CFP) this season.

I’m sure a lot of you are already thinking it, but the Florida State Seminoles got burned.

There were ten college football conference championship games last week. There were some surprises and big upsets. We’ll examine it all in our NCAA football Championship Saturday report.

Championship Saturday Report – Handicappers Review

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Championship Saturday Report – Results

There were ten conference championship games on Friday and Saturday last week.

We’re going to briefly recap all ten games in our NCAA football Championship Saturday report.

  • #5 Oregon (31) vs. #3 Washington (34): Oregon were -9.5 point favorites despite having lost to the Huskies earlier in the season. Washington won a nail-biter to advance to the CFP.
  • New Mexico State (35) vs. #24 Liberty (49): Liberty won the Conference USA Championship and went 13-0 this season. Liberty will play Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl.
  • #1 Georgia (24) vs. #8 Alabama (27): Alabama upset Georgia in the SEC Championship game. The Crimson Tide will compete in the CFP, while the Bulldogs were knocked out with the loss.
  • #2 Michigan (26) vs. #18 Iowa (0): There was no surprise in this game. Iowa were among the worst offensive teams in the country and they couldn’t score at all against the Wolverines.
  • #15 Louisville (6) vs. #4 Florida State (16): FSU won the ACC Championship with their third string QB (Brock Glenn). The Seminoles went undefeated (13-0), but won’t play in the CFP.
  • #19 Oklahoma State (21) vs. #7 Texas (49): After crushing OSU in the Big 12 Championship game, the Longhorns jumped up to #3 and will play the Huskies in the CFP.
  • #25 SMU (26) vs. #17 Tulane (14): SMU won the AAC Championship game. Tulane were small favorites (-2.5), but the offense struggled to get going. Michael Pratt had a 16.8 QBR in the loss.
  • Miami OH (23) vs. Toledo (14): Toledo were favored (-6.5) to win the MAC Championship game, but Miami (OH) played well on defense and rushed for 197 yards in the win.
  • Boise State (44) vs. UNLV (20): Boise State stepped up in the Mountain West Championship game. They exploded for 44 points, which was their second highest output this season.
  • Appalachian State (23) vs. Troy (49): Troy took care of business in the Sun Belt Championship. They put up 49 points in the win. Kimani Vidal had 233 rushing yards and 5 rushing TDs.

We included the results for every bowl game in our Championship Saturday report.

Which Teams Will Play in the College Football Playoff

We’ll now examine the four teams in the CFP in our Championship Saturday report.

Selection Day was on Sunday, December 3rd 2023 and the selection committee made a huge mistake by not including the Seminoles. Florida State went undefeated and they’re the first undefeated team from a power five conference to not make the College Football Playoff since it was introduced.

ESPN and the selection committee can try to justify the decision, but it was wrong regardless.

Here are the top four teams we want to discuss in our Championship Saturday report:

  1. Michigan Wolverines (13-0 / 9-0 Big Ten)
  2. Washington Huskies (13-0 / 9-0 Pac-12)
  3. Texas Longhorns (12-1 / 8-1 Big 12)
  4. Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1 / 8-0 SEC)

Michigan will play Alabama in the Rose Bowl and Washington will play Texas in the Sugar Bowl. Both of the games are scheduled for New Year’s Day and the winners will advance to the National Championship.

The Wolverines are -1.5 point favorites and Texas are -4.5 point favorites.

Which Teams Will Play in the New Year’s Six Bowls

Excluding the two CFP semifinal games, there are four more New Year’s Six bowls.

We’re going to examine the matchups in our Championship Saturday report.

  • Cotton Bowl: #9 Missouri vs. #7 Ohio State (Ohio State -3)
  • Peach Bowl: #11 Ole Miss vs. #10 Penn State (Penn State -4)
  • Orange Bowl: #6 Georgia vs. #5 Florida State (Georgia -14.5)
  • Fiesta Bowl: #23 Liberty vs. #8 Oregon (Oregon -15)

Despite the Selection Day drama, there are now going to be some great NY6 bowl games.

Florida State are getting no respect against Georgia. If they can defeat Georgia and complete a perfect season, it’ll prove even further that the selection committee made a mistake by not selecting them.

The Missouri and Ohio State game will be interesting. Kyle McCord entered the transfer portal on Monday and won’t be competing in the bowl game. Who the Buckeyes go with at QB will be interesting.

Liberty getting the nod in a New Year’s six bowl game is also great news for smaller programs.

What to Watch for Next Week in College Football

There’s only one game on the college football schedule in Week 15.

The annual Army vs. Navy game will be taking place at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Army are favored in the game (-2.5), but the Army vs. Navy games are typically close most years.

Army have won five of the last seven H2H games. Army won last year in double overtime (20-17). It was the first time these two teams went to overtime in a H2H game, which was surprising.

Final AP Top 25 Rankings for the Season

We wanted to include the final AP top 25 rankings in our Championship Saturday report.

  1. Michigan (51)
  2. Washington (11)
  3. Texas
  4. Florida State
  5. Alabama
  6. Georgia
  7. Ohio State
  8. Oregon
  9. Missouri
  10. Penn State
  11. Ole Miss
  12. Oklahoma
  13. LSU
  14. Arizona
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Louisville
  17. SMU
  18. Liberty
  19. North Carolina State
  20. Iowa
  21. Oregon State
  22. Oklahoma State
  23. Tulane
  24. James Madison
  25. Tennessee

*First place votes are in brackets

The selection committee should have had the top 5 as the final AP top 25 rankings. Florida State should be in the CFP and the selection committee will forever be tainted by their decision-making.

Some interesting teams finished in the top 25 this season in the AP poll, including SMU, Liberty, NCSU, Tulane and James Madison. A lot of smaller programs were better than power five teams this season.

That wraps up our Championship Saturday report. We’ll be back strong for bowl season.

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