If there is to be a Week 12 shakeup in the next edition of the College Football Playoff rankings, it won’t be as a result of the early television window.
In the noon block of kickoffs, six teams currently ranked in the CFP Top 25 squared off with unranked opponents. And, in each of those matchups, the ranked teams held serve — in the majority of the cases by a comfortable margin for good measure.
There was, though, one potentially significant development to unfold during the early window.
- No. 5 Alabama (-21) 38, Mississippi State 7 — The outcome was never in doubt and the final score doesn’t matter; the health of star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa moving forward absolutely does as the hip injury suffered by the junior late in the first half, and a couple of other injuries to Crimson Tide players for that matter, could play a significant role in helping to shape the playoff field next month.
- No. 9 Penn State (-15) 34, Indiana 27 — The Hoosiers got as close as three points early in the fourth quarter as the Nittany Lions narrowly avoided a second straight loss, setting the stage for a huge Big Ten East matchup with No. 2 Ohio State in Columbus next Saturday.
- No. 11 Florida (-6½) 23, Missouri 6 — *snore* *yawn* *ssstttrrreeetches* *scratches self* *snores again*
- No. 14 Wisconsin (-15) 37, Nebraska 21 — Nice timing on that contract extension, Nebraska, as Jonathan Taylor rushes for 204 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in the easy road win. This game marked the Badgers’ seventh-straight win over the Cornhuskers.
- No. 15 Michigan (-13½) 44, Michigan State 10 — With pleas for civility ringing in their ears, Michigan beat its “little brother” in Ann Arbor for the first time since 2012 and earned a win in the rivalry for just the fourth time in the last dozen meetings. It was also U-M’s most lopsided win in the series since a 49-3 blowout in 2002.
- No. 22 Oklahoma State (-17½) 31, Kansas 13 — In Les Miles‘ return to Stillwater, the Cowboys had no problem whatsoever in extending its winning streak over the Jayhawks to 10 straight, with KU’s last win coming in 2007. OSU’s Chuba Hubbard, who entered Week 12 as the nation’s leading rusher, ran for 122 yards in the romp.
In the 3:30 ET window, there are five more ranked vs. unranked matchups — No. 2 Ohio State at Rutgers, Wake Forest at No. 3 Clemson, No. 18 Memphis at Houston, No. 19 Texas at Iowa State and West Virginia at No. 24 Kansas State. Later on, there are six additional such games — No. 1 LSU at Ole Miss, No. 17 Cincinnati at South Florida, No. 25 Appalachian State at Georgia State, UCLA at No. 7 Utah, New Mexico at No. 21 Boise State and Arizona at No. 6 Oregon.
Additionally, there are four games in which both teams are ranked — No. 23 Navy at No. 16 Notre Dame, No. 4 Georgia at No. 12 Auburn, No. 8 Minnesota at No. 20 Iowa and No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 13 Baylor.
Once again, it appears a Power Five program will pilfer a Group of Five school for its next head football coach.
Sunday afternoon, Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reported that Applachian State’s Eli Drinkwitz “has emerged as a strong candidate” for the vacancy at Missouri. Subsequent to that, ESPN.com reported that “Drinkwitz has reached an agreement to become Missouri’s next head football coach and a deal is being finalized.”
An official announcement of Drinkwitz becoming the permanent replacement for Barry Odom, who was fired late last month after four seasons at his alma mater, is expected no later than Monday.
The 36-year-old Drinkwitz is in his first season as the head coach of the Mountaineers, his first head-coaching job at any level of football. App State stands at 12-1 on the season after claiming its second-straight Sun Belt Conference championship Saturday with a win over Louisiana.
Dec. 21, App State will face UAB in the New Orleans Bowl.
A rough weekend for Georgia was underscored on Sunday as reports surfaced saying one of their key young players is done for the rest of this year and likely part of the next one.
As per Rivals’ Radi Nabulsi and a host of other beat writers in Athens, Bulldogs receiver Dominick Blaylock suffered a torn ACL in the loss against LSU in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday.
The freshman from Marietta, Ga. had to be carted off the field in the first quarter after making a short catch and planting his knee awkwardly. The team’s top receiver, Lawrence Cager, was already out after undergoing knee surgery on Nov. 29.
Blaylock had made 18 catches for 310 yards and five touchdowns at UGA this season.
It appears we’re only steps away from the Hogs getting called.
According to a number of reports surfacing on Sunday, Arkansas has pivoted from hiring now-Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin to bringing in Georgia offensive line coach Sam Pittman as the team’s next head coach.
Pittman is widely regarded as one of the best assistant coaches in the SEC and developed a quality reputation for both recruiting and teaching along the offensive line. He was in Fayetteville from 2013-2015 under Bret Bielema and spent time at Tennessee, North Carolina, Missouri, Kansas and Northern Illinois and others over the years.
The Oklahoma native was recently elevated to associate head coach in Athens and was one of the few position coaches to come close making $1 million a year without a coordinator title.
Pittman will replace Chad Morris, who was fired in early November after going winless in conference play and posting a 4-18 overall record with the Hogs in less than two seasons.
The games have been played. The wins have been tallied. The touchdowns have been counted. The championship trophies have been hoisted.
Now it’s time for the college football postseason to commence.
So where is everybody going bowling? Here’s a look at the full lineup of games and who’s in them. All times ET, games on ESPN unless otherwise indicated.
College Football Playoff Semifinals
|Peach Bowl – Dec. 28, 4pm
||No. 1 LSU
||No. 4 Oklahoma
|Fiesta Bowl – Dec. 28, 8pm
||No. 2 Ohio State
||No. 3 Clemson
New Year’s Six
|Cotton Bowl – Dec. 28, Noon
|Orange Bowl – Dec. 30, 8pm
|Rose Bowl – Jan. 1, 5pm
|Sugar Bowl – Jan. 1, 8:45pm
2019 FBS Bowl Games
|Bahamas Bowl – Dec. 20, 2 pm
|Frisco Bowl – Dec. 20, 7:30pm**
|New Mexico Bowl – Dec. 21, 2pm
||San Diego State
|Cure Bowl – Dec. 21, 2:30pm^^
|Boca Raton Bowl – Dec. 21, 3:30pm*
|Camellia Bowl – Dec. 21, 5:30pm
|Vegas Bowl – Dec. 21, 7:30pm*
|New Orleans Bowl – Dec. 21, 9pm
|Gasparilla Bowl – Dec. 23, 2:30pm
|Hawaii Bowl – Dec. 24, 8pm
|Independence Bowl – Dec. 26, 4pm
|Quick Lane Bowl – Dec. 26, 8pm
|Military Bowl – Dec. 27, Noon
|Pinstripe Bowl – Dec. 27, 3:30pm
|Texas Bowl – Dec. 27, 6:45pm
|Holiday Bowl – Dec. 27, 8pm++
|Cheez-It Bowl – Dec. 27, 10:15pm
|Camping World Bowl – Dec. 28, Noon*
|First Responder Bowl – Dec. 30, 12:30pm
|Music City Bowl – Dec. 30, 4pm
|RedBox Bowl – Dec. 30, 4pm+
|Belk Bowl – Dec. 31, Noon
|Sun Bowl – Dec. 31, 2pm^
|Liberty Bowl – Dec. 31, 3:45pm
|Arizona Bowl – Dec. 31, 4:30pm^^
|Alamo Bowl – Dec. 31, 7:30pm
|Citrus Bowl – Jan. 1, 1pm*
|Outback Bowl – Jan. 1, 1pm
|Birmingham Bowl – Jan. 2, 3pm
|Gator Bowl – Jan. 2, 7pm
|Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – Jan. 3, 3:30pm
|Armed Forces Bowl – Jan. 4, 11:30am
|LendingTree Bowl – Jan. 6, 7:30pm
^^ CBS Sports Network