College football week 12 is in the books. After every week fans can take away things from what happened on the field. Here are five things learned from college football week 12.
1. Jalen Hurts Saved Oklahoma’s CFP Chances
It was looking bleak for the Oklahoma Sooners, as they trailed Baylor 28-3 early in the game. Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts wasn’t playing well, the team was turning over the ball and they were without their top playmaker, CeeDee Lamb. If their play continued that way, the Sooners would’ve lost to Baylor and they would then be out of playoff contention.
Hurts rallied the team to a 34-31 victory. He passed for 297 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 114 more yards to lead the team. A lot of credit has to be given to the defense as well, as the Sooners allowed no second-half points. With the win, they are back in the thick of the CFP race.
2. Georgia Will Stay at #4 in the CFP Rankings
Georgia drew controversy when they were ranked fourth in the CFP rankings heading into the weekend. They had solid wins over Notre Dame and Florida, but lost a game to South Carolina, who will not be eligible for a bowl game this season. The Bulldogs had another big game against Auburn this weekend.
The Bulldogs were able to beat the Tigers 21-14. Kirby Smart’s squad controlled the majority of the game, but Auburn did make a late push. Either way, the win gives Georgia another marquee win on the season. For Georgia, they will be in the College Football Playoff if they win out, but one more loss will kill their chances.
3. Alabama Will Not Make the CFP
Alabama got another win under their belt, as they beat Mississippi State 38-7. The big story of the game though, was Tua Tagovailoa hurting his hip. He is now out for the season and the injury could have a lasting impact.
Even though Alabama is sitting with only one loss, they had work to do and needed help to make the CFP. The CFP committee does take injuries into account, so the likelihood that they put the Crimson Tide in now after Tagovailoa’s injury is minimal.
4. Minnesota vs. Wisconsin Will Determine Big Ten West
This weekend has produced two results, which helped determine the Big Ten West. Wisconsin defeated Nebraska, which moved them to a 5-2 conference record. Their only losses came to Illinois and Ohio State. They are out of the CFP race, but can still win the Big Ten and make a New Year’s Six Bowl Game.
Minnesota suffered their first loss of the season this week to Iowa. The Golden Gophers got off to a slow start, but fought back and had a chance to win the game in the end. It will knock them down the rankings, but Minnesota can still win the Big Ten West if they beat Wisconsin in the regualr-season finale.
5. Every Team in the Pac-12 Can Still make a Bowl
Oregon and Utah have dominated the talk about the Pac-12 in recent weeks, as they have a chance to make the College Football Playoff. Both teams have just one loss, but the rest of the Pac-12 is competitive. Washington and USC are the only two other bowl-eligible teams in the conference.
That leaves a lot of teams who are right around .500. Oregon State, California, Washington State and Arizona State are all 5-5. Stanford, UCLA, Arizona and Colorado are 4-6. With two more conference games for each of these teams, it should be fun watching which ones can get to bowl eligibility.
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