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We’re waiting for The Loss to come out of The Game. While the top four in the Power Rankings remain the same, they won’t be that way for long. Ohio State vs. Michigan looms over everything. One will fall in the 118th renewal of a rivalry that goes back to 1897.
At stake is a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game, a potential College Football Playoff berth and perhaps a national championship. You know, trivial stuff.
We already know what happens to the winner. It will clinch the Big Ten East and a spot in the Big Ten title game, sitting a victory away from the playoff. As for the loser, well, who knows?!
It could be lumped in exclusive a group of one-loss teams. At the conclusion of Week 12, there’s only two of them: USC and Clemson. The Trojans moved up two spots after a stirring win over UCLA. The same for the Tigers, which moved up two spots after easily beating Miami.
The CFP Selection Committee has traditionally favored conference champions over at-large teams. But as we’ve found out over the first eight years of the playoff, the committee can also do whatever it wants.
Welcome, then, to Rivalry Week. It is not uncommon at this late date for outmanned opponents to pull upsets because blood boils in these types of games. Is Georgia Tech suddenly a factor against Georgia after beating North Carolina? What about South Carolina against Clemson? Oregon needs to beat the best Oregon State team in a decade during the Civil War to get to the Pac-12 Championship Game. The Iron Bowl will…
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Author : Dennis Dodd
Publish date : 2022-11-21 17:59:51
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