The Post-Season is Near

The Post-Season is Near

Gavin Haines (Junior), Reporter

As the college football season comes to an end conference championships are beginning. The feeling of post-season football is like no other, watching your favorite team take the field to earn their chance of making it to the CFP Final Four. There are five main conferences, SEC, ACC, BIG-10, BIG-12, and Pac-12.

Cannon Morton had this to say, “I’m really excited to watch Alabama and Notre Dame this year because I think they both have a good chance of winning the National Championship.”

The SEC championship consisted of #1 ranked Georgia Bulldogs taking on the #4 Alabama Crimson Tide. The SEC championship is played in Atlanta, Georgia on December 4th. The Bulldogs coming in as the favorite having steam-rolled their way through the season, giving up at most 17 points in one game. The Crimson Tide playing for a spot in the CFP Playoffs came out hot. Alabama scored first and never looked back. The Tide won by a score of 41-24, shocking the college football world.

“No one expected that outcome as Georgia seemed the clear-cut favorite to win,” said Cayman Huntsman.

The BIG-12 championship was shootout. The #5 Oklahoma State Cowboys took on the #8 Baylor Bears. The Cowboys already beat Baylor once this year, beating them twice was going to be a challenge but the Cowboys were up for it. The Bears beat the Cowboys 21-16. Oklahoma State couldn’t capitalize in the RedZone, as they had seven plays inside the two yard-line and couldn’t score.

“I was very happy to see the Cowboys lose as they beat my Sooners earlier in the game before,” said Alex Juarez.

The ACC championship was all Pittsburgh steam-rolling Wake Forrest 45-21. Potential Heisman winner Kenny Pickett threw for 253 yards and 2 TD’s. Pittsburgh was lights-out this year finishing 11-2 and will now take on Michigan State in the Peach Bowl.

“I wasn’t surprised by the outcome, Pittsburgh has been really solid all year and Wake Forrest has dropped their last three games,” said Korbyn Sloggett

The BIG-10 championship was hyped up all week. The Michigan Wolverines took on the Iowa Hawkeyes at Lucas-Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Wolverines defense was impenetrable holding the Hawkeyes to three points. The Wolverines offense was explosive under quarterback Cade McNamara and running back Hassan Haskins. The Wolverines wore patches on their jerseys to dedicate the game to the victims of the Michigan school shooting. The Wolverines won 42-3 and earned their spot in the CFP Playoff.

“I was extremely excited watching the, play in person, the stadium was electric and was the most fun I’ve ever had at a game,” said Alex Eminheiser.

The PAC-12 was a rematch between Oregon and Utah. Utah already put it to the Ducks earlier in the year. The Ducks were looking for a bounce back game against Utah. The Utes didn’t back down and Oregon folded. The Utes ran away with it and won by a score of 38-10. Utah’s offense was explosive behind quarterback Cameron Rising and running back Tavion Thomas.

“I was disappointed seeing them lose again to Utah, we couldn’t get our offense going and our defense was non-existent,” said senior Braden Crum.

The Conference Championship weekend was full of exciting matchups and upsets. Teams left it all on the line to squeeze in the CFP Playoff. The four teams that made it into the playoff were Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, and Cincinnati. Georgia will play Michigan and Alabama will face off against Cincinnati.