The road to the year playoff continues and every win counts. As we reach the tail end of the 2019 college football season, for the four teams selected in the latest playoff poll, it was about putting the finishing touches on their season resume. For teams on the outside like Alabama and Oregon, it was about making a push for the final playoff spot.
Something took place on this day, in which the serious nature of it goes beyond the confines of football. For Alabama star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, the heartbreaking news about his injury was a reminder that on any given day, a promising career could be taken away from anyone.
What We Learned In Week 12
Alabama has had a tough week after losing to LSU and being removed from a playoff spot. Well, tougher are ahead after star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was carted off the field with a leg and hip injury, in the first half of their contest against Mississippi State. Even if they were to make the playoffs, their long term success without Tua will should weaken their chances of making a deep run.
We all expected the Georgia vs Auburn game to be a battle till the end, and that is exactly what we received. In the end, the Bulldogs defense came up big, thwarting the Tigers comeback attempt. Considering Minnesota's loss and the situation with Alabama, this victory may have solified their playoff spot.
For those who thought LSU would regress following their biggest win of the season last week against Alabama, well, this was almost the case. Very much like their game last week, LSU jumped out to a big lead. Ole Miss would not go silently and made it a very uncomfortable game in the second half. As wildly entertaining as this contest was, Ole Miss succeed by exposing weaknesses in LSU's defense. Their offense on the other hand, is arguably the best in the nation. Both Ja'Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson has become the first LSU receiving duo since Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, to reach 1000+ receiving yards in a season.
Since their close call against North Carolina in late September, Clemson has played at peak national championship form. In their contest against Wake Forest, Trevor Lawrence accounted for four touchdowns before the half and never looked back.
To say the least, it was a terrible beginning for Jalen Hurts and his Oklahoma Sooners against Baylor. Yet someway, somehow, he put the team on his back and willed the Sooner to an amazing comeback victory. Just like Minnesota, Baylor's undefeated streak came to an end.
In this year's edition of the Michigan vs Michigan State rivalry, the Spartans scored the game's first touchdown; then it went downhill from there as the Wolverines dominated the rest of the game on route to winning the Paul Bunyan Trophy.
Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor posted another 200-yard rushing game this season, and became the most productive running back in his first three years, than any other running back in college football history.
Both Oregon and Utah are destined for a Pac-12 Conference title meeting. Both teams won their respective games in convincing fashion, both teams carry the same record, both team sitting outside the playoff picture.
It was a great run while it lasted, but on this day, Iowa got the best of Minnesota and effectively ending their undefeated streak.
Kentucky quarterback Lynn Bowden Jr. may be the most gifted player in the nation. Vanderbilt got a taste of his talents, as he accounted for 100+ receiving and rushing yards.
The post-Taggart era has been good to Florida State so far. After an impressive victory last week, the Seminoles dominated Alabama State for their sixth win of the season.
Week 12 Honor Roll -
Jonathan Taylor - Running back (Wisconsin) Evan Hull - Running back (Northwestern)
Quincy Roche - Defensive End (Temple) John Rhys Plumlee- Running back (Ole Miss)
Lynn Bowden Jr. - Quarterback (Kentucky) Tyler Johnson - Wide Receiver (Minnesota)
Brady White - Quarterback (Memphis) Shea Patterson - Quarterback (Michigan)
Joe Burrow - Quarterback (LSU) Ja'Marr Chase- Wide Receiver (LSU)
Julian Blackmon - Defensive back (Utah) Tanner Morgan - Quarterback (Minnesota)
Davis Mills - Quarterback (Stanford) Jalen Hurts - Quarterback (Oklahoma)
Ronnie Bell - Running back (Michigan) Anthony Gordon - Quarterback (WashState)
Jonathan Greenard - linebacker (Florida) Clyde Edwards-Helaire - Running back (LSU)
Dazz Newsome - Wide Receiver (N Carolina) Jaylen Twyman - Defensive Tackle (Pitt)