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Alabama routs previously undefeated Georgia to win SEC title and lock up playoff spot

No. 3 Alabama punched its ticket to the College Football Playoff in a 41-24 upset of No. 1 Georgia within the SEC Championship on Saturday, whereas Cincinnati rolled by Houston within the AAC title recreation to compete an ideal season and Michigan captured its first Big Ten title in 17 years in opposition to Iowa.

The four-team playoff discipline shall be introduced Sunday, with the semifinals set for the Orange and Cotton bowls on December 31. The newest rankings project slots for Georgia, Michigan, Alabama and Cincinnati.

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young handed for 421 yards and three touchdowns, main the Crimson Tide to victory in opposition to the nation’s No. 1 total protection.

Young was the title recreation MVP and made Georgia’s vaunted protection appear like a scout crew, absolutely bolstering his Heisman Trophy probabilities as he completed 26-of-44 with out an interception. He rushed thrice for 40 yards and a landing.

The Crimson Tide had been a betting favourite in 93 straight video games, however was for as soon as an underdog within the SEC title matchup, and Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban stated his crew relished the problem.

‘The rat poison that you simply put on the market this week was yummy,’ Saban advised the media after the sport. ‘You guys gave us a whole lot of actually optimistic rat poison.’ 

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young handed for 421 yards and three touchdowns, main the Crimson Tide to victory in opposition to the nation’s No. 1 total protection

Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Will Anderson Jr. (31), and defensive lineman Phidarian Mathis (48) lift the SEC championship trophy after their win against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday

Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Will Anderson Jr. (31), and defensive lineman Phidarian Mathis (48) carry the SEC championship trophy after their win in opposition to the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Bryce Young #9 celebrate their win against the Georgia Bulldogs

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Bryce Young #9 have fun their win in opposition to the Georgia Bulldogs

Ryan Royer #35 of the Cincinnati Bearcats celebrates with fans after their 35-20 win over the Houston Cougars for the 2021 American Conference Championship at Nippert Stadium on Saturday

Ryan Royer #35 of the Cincinnati Bearcats celebrates with followers after their 35-20 win over the Houston Cougars for the 2021 American Conference Championship at Nippert Stadium on Saturday

Aidan Hutchinson #97 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates with the trophy after the Michigan Wolverines defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 42-3 to win the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday in Indianapolis

Aidan Hutchinson #97 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates with the trophy after the Michigan Wolverines defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 42-3 to win the Big Ten Championship recreation at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday in Indianapolis

Playoff rankings as of November 30 

  1. Georgia (12-0)
  2. Michigan (11-1)
  3. Alabama (11-1)
  4. Cincinnati (12-0)
  5. Oklahoma State (11-1)
  6. Notre Dame (11-1)
  7. Ohio State (10-2)
  8. Ole Miss (10-2)
  9. Baylor (10-2)
  10. Oregon (10-2)

The end result secures Alabama’s position within the four-team College Playoffs, giving Saban a shot at one other nationwide championship.

Georgia, which went undefeated within the common season, may also possible be chosen for the playoffs.   

Later on Saturday, No. 2 Michigan additionally sealed a possible playoff berth with a 42-3 rout over No. 15 Iowa. 

Resurgent Michigan (12-1) has gained 5 straight and if it reaches the playoff, as anticipated, would want only one extra win to return to Indianapolis to play for its first nationwide championship since 1997. 

It’s been an inconceivable run since coach Jim Harbaugh took a pay minimize following a dismal 2020. 

The Wolverines began this season unranked and picked to end in the midst of the Big Ten East, whose champion has gained the final 9 convention crowns. 

And Saturday’s victory it got here on an emotional night time when Michigan paid tribute to the victims from Tuesday’s college taking pictures, which resulted within the deaths of 4 college students at Oxford High School simply 60 miles from Ann Arbor. 

The Wolverines honored the Oxford victims with a patch on the appropriate shoulder of their jerseys.

The patch featured the initials of Tate Myre, a star soccer participant and wrestler, and his jersey No. 42 together with 4 hearts – one for every of the scholars who died within the taking pictures – inside the highschool’s block ‘O’ brand. 

Myre’s household additionally joined Michigan’s captains for the pregame toss and wore T-shirts that learn Oxford Strong.

Hassan Haskins ran for 2 second-half touchdowns and broke a faculty document whereas operating again Donavan Edwards threw a 75-yard TD go to assist the Wolverines seal victory. 

No. 2 Michigan also sealed a probable playoff berth with a 42-3 rout over No. 15 Iowa in the Big Ten title game Saturday

No. 2 Michigan additionally sealed a possible playoff berth with a 42-3 rout over No. 15 Iowa within the Big Ten title recreation Saturday

Charlie Jones #16 of the Iowa Hawkeyes runs with the ball while being chased by Michael Barrett #23 of the Michigan Wolverines in the third quarter during the Big Ten Championship game

Charlie Jones #16 of the Iowa Hawkeyes runs with the ball whereas being chased by Michael Barrett #23 of the Michigan Wolverines within the third quarter in the course of the Big Ten Championship recreation

The Wolverines honored the Oxford victims with a patch featuring the initials of Tate Myre, a star football player, and his jersey No. 42 along with four hearts - one for each of the students who died - inside the high school's block 'O' logo

The Wolverines honored the Oxford victims with a patch that includes the initials of Tate Myre, a star soccer participant, and his jersey No. 42 together with 4 hearts – one for every of the scholars who died – inside the highschool’s block ‘O’ brand

Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates with the trophy after the Michigan Wolverines defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 42-3 to win the Big Ten Championship game

Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates with the trophy after the Michigan Wolverines defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 42-3 to win the Big Ten Championship recreation

Meanwhile the No. 4 Cincinnati Bearcats additionally possible secured their playoff berth with a 35-20 win in opposition to visiting No. 21 Houston within the American Athletic Conference championship recreation on Saturday. 

After besting Houston to go 13-0 this year, Cincinnati may now turn into the primary college exterior a Power Five convention (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC) to be chosen for the playoff since its inception in 2014. 

‘If it is meant to be, it is going to be. I do not suppose these guys will be denied,’ Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell advised reporters. 

Bearcats quarterback Desmond Ridder, who completed his career 26-0 at residence as a starter, threw three touchdowns and Jerome Ford had scoring runs of 79 and 42 yards.

Leading 14-13 on the half, the Bearcats scored 21 unanswered factors in a 4:24 stretch of the third quarter in opposition to the Cougars (11-2). The spree began with scores 58 seconds aside to make it 28-13.

‘We simply need to play soccer,’ Ridder advised reporters. ‘That´s all we care about. Doesn´t matter who, the place, when – simply put the ball down. We need to play.’

After besting Houston to go 13-0 this year, Cincinnati could now become the first school outside a Power Five conference (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC) to be selected for the playoff since its inception in 2014

After besting Houston to go 13-0 this year, Cincinnati may now turn into the primary college exterior a Power Five convention (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC) to be chosen for the playoff since its inception in 2014

Jerome Ford #24 of the Cincinnati Bearcats runs the ball for a touchdown during the second half of the 2021 American Conference Championship against the Houston Cougars at Nippert Stadium on Saturday

Jerome Ford #24 of the Cincinnati Bearcats runs the ball for a landing in the course of the second half of the 2021 American Conference Championship in opposition to the Houston Cougars at Nippert Stadium on Saturday

'If it's meant to be, it will be. I don't think these guys can be denied,' Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell said of the playoffs

‘If it is meant to be, it is going to be. I do not suppose these guys will be denied,’ Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell stated of the playoffs

Will Pauling #19 of the Cincinnati Bearcats celebrates with fans after their 35-20 win over the Houston Cougars

Will Pauling #19 of the Cincinnati Bearcats celebrates with followers after their 35-20 win over the Houston Cougars

The Bearcats even bought just a little assist earlier than taking the sphere: Baylor used a late, goal-line stand to upset Oklahoma State within the Big 12 title recreation and finish the Cowboys’ playoff hopes.

‘These issues are tough to swallow. But we´ll be again,’ Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy stated.

Cincinnati entered the day fourth within the playoff rankings. No Group of Five convention crew had ever even been shut to a playoff spot heading into championship weekend. 

Oklahoma State was lurking at No. 5, making an attempt to end off its season 12-1 with consecutive victories in opposition to ranked groups.

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young (9) works against Georgia during the second half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young (9) works in opposition to Georgia in the course of the second half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA faculty soccer recreation

John Metchie III #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter of the SEC Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs

John Metchie III #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after scoring a landing within the second quarter of the SEC Championship recreation in opposition to the Georgia Bulldogs

Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Will Anderson Jr. (31) and defensive lineman Phidarian Mathis (48) celebrate with the trophy after a victory against the Georgia Bulldogs

Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Will Anderson Jr. (31) and defensive lineman Phidarian Mathis (48) have fun with the trophy after a victory in opposition to the Georgia Bulldogs

Alabama Crimson Tide fans reacts during the fourth quarter of the SEC Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs

Alabama Crimson Tide followers reacts in the course of the fourth quarter of the SEC Championship recreation in opposition to the Georgia Bulldogs

A Cowboys’ victory may have set off a playoff debate that includes a Big 12 crew and a future Big 12 crew in Cincinnati.

‘It’s attention-grabbing that a whole lot of the dialog is round Oklahoma State at 5 and Cincinnati at 4,’ Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby stated earlier than the title recreation at AT&T Stadium. ‘How ironic is that?’

Baylor’s victory gave Cincinnati some respiration room and boosted Notre Dame’s slim hopes of stepping into the playoff for the second straight seasons. 

There has by no means been a two-loss crew within the playoff, and Michigan’s win within the Big Ten title recreation appeared to seal Baylor’s destiny and enhance the modifications of the Fighting Irish.

Mild-mannered Baylor coach Dave Aranda handed on an opportunity to stump for his crew, as an alternative lamenting these two losses.

‘That’s my fault,’ he stated. As for the playoff: ‘I’m positive it’s going to work out the best way it is supposed to.’  

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