Another week, another disaster for the big two in the Big 12 as the conference actively tries to knock out the College Football Playoff competition. Oklahoma lost its second match in a row to an unranked opponent, this time a 37-30 defeat at the hands of Iowa that virtually eliminated the CFP Sunners. Oklahoma’s first loss was in Ames, Iowa since 1960 – 60 years! It is the first time OU has lost its first consecutive regular season matches since 1999, making it the first season since 2014 that the Sooners have lost more than one convention.
After a big escape in Texas Tech last week, one Texas coughed one at home to UC. The Longhorns lost 33-31 to The Horned Frogs, who are now 7-2 against Texas since joining the Big 12. Texas had a chance to snatch the lead late, but Keaontay Ingram flopped far into the TCU 1 yard streak with 2:32 to go. The Longhorns never saw the ball again. Oklahoma state is the only team remaining unbeaten in the Big 12 after their 47-7 victory over Kansas. As such, the Cowboys is now the expected champion and actor in the Six Cup Games for the New Year.
In today’s most anticipated match, Georgia Auburn choke 27-6 between hedges. The Bulldogs have been my champion in the expected division at SEC East, and that score didn’t discourage that. The main competition is Florida, which was also impressive in its 38-24 win over South Carolina. I still have both teams in the backseat of Alabama. Crimson Tide was dominant in their 52-24 win over Texas A&M. Alabama will have to face Georgia in the regular season before a potential SEC tournament rematch. That first match was decided on October 17th.
That left no changes to the College Football Playoff this week, although the six New Year’s bowling games were shaken as Pennsylvania changed territories and Oklahoma entered the fold.
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Elsewhere, UCF has seen his streak of home victories in 21 straight matches to the last team to defeat them in Orlando, Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane won 34-26, winning two consecutive victories over the Knights overall. UCF committed 19 penalties, including 11 massive false starts. The Musketeers have now made 25 wrong starts in their first three matches. That’d be too much for season.
BYU is trying to make an argument for inclusion in the playoff – or at least the New Year’s Six game. The Louisiana Cougars hit the tackle 45-14 Friday night to improve to 3-0. BYU won these games with an average of just over 41 points. The problem BYU will have with the CFP Selection Committee is that their cobbled schedule is not good. The Cougars will make a trip to Boise State on November 7 and they are supposed to go to Houston on October 16. They have just announced a home game on December 12 against San Diego, but the Aztecs are expected to be a bit. Below their usual level this season. Nobody catches your attention.
If BYU manages to go undefeated, especially if it continues to dominate, I would be surprised if it were left out of the New Year 6. Unlike the Group of Five Teams, there is no automatic introduction of Cougars. As a freelancer, they should get ranked high enough in the ranking to win a big spot. Having the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl as semi-finalists this season helps because it takes a potential second contracting place in the Six New Year’s four conventions normally associated with those bowls.
Finally, we missed another two duck games this week. ESPN Events announced the cancellation of the Games in Hawaii and the Bahamas due to travel restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Back in July, Redbox Bow announced that it would not be hosting a game this season.
There are now a total of 39 pots for 78 teams. However, due to the lack of eligibility criteria for the tournament, it is expected that three teams will win the Bowl matches this season.