Updated: Dec 2, 2019
Rivalry week, the unofficial last week and in many ways, the most intense week of the season. When opposing rival come together, playoff ranking or AP Poll status does not matter; it is about school pride.
With the conference championships remaining, this week gave senior players a chance to shine one last time, playoff teams to put an imprint on their season, and teams out of the playoff picture, a chance to earn a Bowl game.
What We Learned In Week 14
- Ohio State vs Michigan Rivalry -
The heavily anticipated Michigan vs Ohio State rivalry game did not disappoint. Coming into this contest, the Wolverines have not beaten the Buckeyes since 2011. Many expected that head coach Jim Harbaugh's squad would come out with fury, and they did by getting the first touchdown of the game via running back Giles Jackson. The Buckeyes responded quickly with a touchdown strike, courtesy of running back J.K Dobbins' 5-yard touchdown run.
The first quarter was a fairly even one and many would have assumed that this going to be a close contest. Yet when the second quarter came, the Wolverines had little to nothing to offer, as the Buckeyes dominated the rest of the game. As it stands, Harbaugh has yet to beat the Buckeyes in his tenure as head of coach of the Wolverines. Though it did not look promising at first, then Buckeyes were in control for much of the game and did not look back. In all, this rivalry has become a tradition in which the Wolverines are beaten decisively every year.
This year's "Iron Bowl" left many wondering, does defense exist in the SEC Conference?
It was a wild contest in which both Alabama and Auburn combined for 869 yards of total offense. The one thing we learned is that both teams have a bright future at quarterback with Mac Jones and Bo Nix. With so much offense, it was fitting that the game was decided by a missed field goal and a controversial decision by the referees at the end. The ending of this contest was a reflection the Crimson Tide's season; full of misfortunes and missed opportunities.
LSU Joe Burrow has come a long way since transferring Ohio State. The leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy showed the Lousianna fans in attendance how much he embraced them, by wearing a jersey with the name “Burreaux” on the back during his Senior Day ceremony. Burrow and his crew then proceeded to put on a show against Texas A&M. Next stop for the undefeated Tigers, the SEC Championship game against Georgia.
Wisconsin's defense proved to be too much for PJ Fleck's Minnesota Gophers. Despite the outcome, Fleck's has taken this program on the right track to greater things ahead. For the Badgers, they now move on to this year's Big Ten Championship against Ohio State.
Though it was not pretty to watch, Oklahoma took care of business against Oklahoma State, and is set to face Baylor in the Big-12 Conference Championship next weekend.
Utah and their fierce defense proved to be too much for Colorado. With this victory, the Utes head to the Pac-12 Conference Championship with a record of 11-1.
Oregon saw their playoff aspirations go by the wayside after losing last week. This week, theybeat their conference rivals Oregon State, to improve their record to 10-2 and earned a trip to the PAC-12 Conference Championship against Utah
The Baylor Bears capped off an incredible 2019 season with a crushing victory over Kansas. The next stop, the Big 12 Championship game against Oklahoma.
No one should sleep on Clemson. In addition to running back Travis Etienne setting a new
conference record in rushing touchdowns, quarterback Trevor Lawrence and the crew are playing their best football at the right time.
For the first time in a long time, Jake Fromm and the Georgia offense came alive, as they
embarrassed Georgia Tech on their home turf. Towards the end of the contest, it got very ugly as several fights broke out. For the Bulldogs, they move on to the SEC Championship game against LSU.
Overall, it has been a disappointing season for Sam Ehlinger and his Texas Longhorns considering the expectations coming into this season. On Friday, they were able to rally from an early deficit, and dominate Texas Tech.
Had it not been for their weak schedule, Appalachian State would have likely been in the playoff conversation. They finished their regular season with an 11-1 record after beating Troy. Coming next for the Mountaineers is the conference championship against the University of Louisiana.
It was a banner weekend in Virginia. Not only did they beat Virigina Tech for the first time in 15 years, they also clinched the their first ACC Coastal Division title. They will move on to play the defending National Champions, Clemson Tigers, in the ACC Conference championship game.
Iowa versus Nebraska was as entertaining a contest one would have seen this season. It seemed unacceptable that the game would be decided by a field goal. The Hawkeyes were lucky to avert an upset loss against the Cornhuskers.
Washington State quarterback Anthony Gordon, became only the 16th quarterback to pass for over 5,000 yards in a season. Yet his Cougars could not get the job done, as they fell to their rivals, Washington.
Week 14 Honor Roll
JK Dobbins - Running back (Ohio State) Joe Burrow - Quarterback (LSU)
Devin Duvernay - Wide Receiver (Texas) Bryce Huff - Defensive End (Memphis)
Bryce Perkins - Quarterback (Virigina) Justin Fields - Quarterback (Ohio State)
Lynn Bowden Jr. - Wide Receiver (Kentucky) Joseph Dorceus - Defensive line (Memphis)
Jaret Patterson - Running back (Buffalo) Ja'Marr Chase - Wide Receiver (LSU)
Damone Clark - Linebacker (LSU) Jonathan Greenard- Linebacker (Florida)
Jamale Carothers - Fullback (Navy) Clayton Tune - Quarterback (Houston)
Mike Glass III - Quarterback (E.Michigan) Najee Harris - Running back (Alabama)
Kennedy Brooks - Running back (Oklahoma) Eno Benjamin - Running back (Arizona State)
Zac Thomas - Quarterback (App State) Sam Howell - Quarterback (North Carolina)