NCAA Conference Weekend

by Nick Gilbert / December 8, 2021

College Football Championship week is among us. The NCAA held its championship games across conferences this past weekend. The major highlight of the week was the SEC Championship where two of the top four teams battled it out.

The PAC-12, BIG 12, Mountain West, Sun Belt, SEC, AAC, BIG 10, and ACC are some of the major conferences that participated over the weekend. From an overall perspective, the competitiveness level was sub-par, to say the least.

Number five ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys lost to the number nine ranked Baylor Bears. The Cowboys failed to get into the end zone despite having four chances inside their two-yard line. The Cincinnati Bearcats completed their journey in remaining undefeated.

The Bearcats ousted Houston 35-20 clinching the American Athletic Conference and finishing the season 13-0 finishing ranked number four in the country and punching their ticket to the College Football Playoff.

Alabama is back on top of the powerhouse of the past couple of decades as they clinched the number one spot in the CFP for the 2021 season after beating previous rank number one Georgia dominantly. Alabama will face Cincinnati in the first round of the playoff.

The CFP is scheduled for New Year’s Eve, with games at 3 pm and 8 pm and the Championship on January 10. Small bowl games start December 17, filling the entire month of December and gaining relevancy as the month goes on. New Year’s Day features the Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and Sugar Bowl. Alabama and Georgia are current early favorites to win their games. Alabama is a 13.5-point favorite over AAC champions Cincinnati, and Georgia is a 7.5 favorite over BIG 10 champion Michigan.

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