As the 2019 season winds down, the questions on everyone's mind revolve around the playoffs, and which team will make the final four. What we received this was much needed clarity, as one team team unexpectedly fell out of the playoff picture. We also received the matchups for this year's SEC and Big 12 Championship. For one team, it represents their first ever appearance, for another it is their sixth.
Yet this week was more than just about football, it was about making a statement. Before the
commencement of the second half of the Harvard vs Yale contest, protesters from climate advocacy groups flooded the field to make everyone aware of the issues surrounding climate change. Such an event may us all remember that when it comes to college football, anything can happen.
What We Learned In Week 13
What a difference a quarter can make in a football game. Down by three touchdown midway in the third quarter, Penn State rallied back with 17 points, led by quarterback Will Levis in relief of SeanClifford. In the fourth quarter, however, Ohio State replied quickly with a touchdown by ChrisOlave. The rest of the way, the Buckeyes clamped down on defense and came up with a huge win in a competitive contest. Buckeye's star Chase Young came back with vengeance, recording three sacks and was a difference maker. There is no question that he will be the number one overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. The pending question is whether not he can win the Heiman Trophy
With Tua Tagovailoa in attendance, supporting his team from the sidelines, quarterback Mac Jones and his Alabama squad put on a show, and absolutely dominated Western Carolina. The bad news, the Crimson Tide will not be partaking in this year's SEC Championship game.
LSU's victory over Arkansas not only secured the SEC Western Division titled, it also secured their place in the SEC Championship game; their sixth since that game’s inception in 1992. It is almost certain that LSU will be playing in the College Football Playoff this year.
For the second straight week, Georgia took a commanding lead, only to watch it almost evaporate in the second half. Texas A&M made it a tight game, but the Bulldogs managed to escape with a victory. This performance does not bode for their upcoming SEC Championship game against LSU.
Even if Michigan does not make this year's playoffs, their performances over the last month bodes well for the future. This noted, their victory over Indiana showed that they are a real threat to potentially upsetting Ohio State in the Big Ten championship (if they make it).
After clinching the Pac-12 North last week against Arizona, Justin Herbert and his Oregon team. put together an entertaining performance, which resulted in a disappointing loss to a talented Arizona State team. This loss effectively places the Ducks out of the playoff conversation.
For Oklahoma, it was their defense that came through with a clutch play to secure a huge win over a resilient TCU squad. This victory not only places them in the Big-12 Championship game against Baylor, it also keeps them in the playoff discussion.
As one door closes, another one opens for Utah, who once again put together a dominant performance over Arizona, to improve their record to 10-1. With Oregon out of the playoff mix, this could be the Utes chance move into the playoff conversation.
Baylor's incredible season was punctuated with a victory over Texas, and clinching a spot in the Big-12 Championship game for the first time in their program's history.
When your kicker makes a 62-yard field goal, it is generally a good sign for the team. Zach Hintze's field goal energized Wisconsin, who cruised to victory over Purdue. For the legendary running back Jonathan Taylor, this was likely his last game at Camp Randall Stadium.
USC's offense did something historic on Saturday, produce four receivers with 100+ receiving yards in a game. The Trojans accomplished this feat against UCLA. What should be kept in mind, USC's quarterback Kedon Slovis is a true freshman and is only going to get better.
Week 13 Honor Roll
Chase Young - Defensive End (Ohio State) Kedon Slovis - Quarterback (USC)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire - Running back (LSU) Micah Parsons - Linebacker (Penn St.)
Nico Collins - Wide Receiver (Michigan) Mike Carrigan - Wide Receiver (Kent State)
Isaiah McKoy - Wide Receiver (Kent State) Jackson McChesney - Running Back (BYU)
Jayden Daniels - Quarterback (Arizona St) Brock Purdy - Quarterback (Iowa State)
Talanoa Hufanga - Safety (USC) Jonathan Taylor - Running back (Wisconsin)
Antoine Winfield Jr. - Defensive Back (Minn.) Jack Zergiotis - Quarterback (UConn)
Adeto Ogundeji - Defensive End (Notre Dame) Zack Moss - Running Back (Utah)
O'Shaan Allison - Running back (Ohio) Khalil Davis - Defensive line (Nebraska)
Jalen Hurts - Quarterback (Oklahoma) Yetur Gross-Matos- Defensive End (Penn St.)