College Football 2016 Championship Week Recap

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For better or worse, the 2016 college football regular season has come to an end. This past weekend was “Championship Weekend.” Conference championship games played out for trophies, and in a few cases, playoff spots. As I expected, the playoff committee resembled the 1990s television program Whose Line Is It Anyway? “Welcome to the college football playoff rankings were it’s all made up and wins, loses, and conference championships don’t matter.” Penn State won the B1G championship and beat Ohio State in a shocking upset earlier in the season. Ohio State remains in the playoffs, and Penn State is the first team left out in the cold. Throughout the year the committee displayed inconsistencies in how teams rose and fell in the rankings. When questioned by Rece Davis on ESPN’s selection show Sunday afternoon, committee chairman Kirby Hocutt looked like a complete idiot, well over his head, and he couldn’t answer simple questions about the decision process. Davis asked the questions we all want to know, but Hocutt looked scared, uncomfortable, and like a child who didn’t know what to say or at least concoct a convincing lie. Let’s take a look at the championship games. Next week I’ll cover the post-season awards and preview all the bowls making up Capital One Bowl Mania.

*All times United States Eastern Standard.

Friday, December 2
#15 Western Michigan Broncos (13-0) vs. Ohio Bobcats (8-5)
Ford Field in Detroit, MI
Marathon MAC (Mid-American Conference) Football Championship
Western Michigan Broncos defeated Ohio Bobcats 29-23 for the MAC Championship.

#10 Colorado Buffaloes (10-3) vs. #4 Washington Huskies (12-1)
Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, CA
PAC-12 Championship Game presented by Dr. Pepper
Washington Huskies defeated Colorado Buffaloes 41-10 for the PAC-12 Championship.

Saturday, December 3
#24 Temple Owls (10-3) @ #25 Navy Midshipmen (9-3)
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD
American Athletic Conference Championship
Temple Owls defeated Navy Midshipmen 34-10 for the AAC Championship.

#12 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3) @ #7 Oklahoma Sooners (10-2) “Bedlam”
Memorial Stadium in Norman, OK
Defacto BIG XII Conference Championship
Oklahoma Sooners defeated Oklahoma State Cowboys 38-20 for the BIG XII Championship.

#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (13-0) vs. #17 Florida Gators (8-4)
Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA
SEC (Southeastern Conference) Championship Game
Alabama Crimson defeated Florida Gators 54-16 for the SEC Championship.

San Diego State Aztecs (10-3) @ Wyoming Cowboys (8-5)
War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, WY
MWC (Mountain West Conference) Championship
San Diego State Aztecs defeated Wyoming Cowboys for the MWC Championship.

#2 Clemson Tigers (12-1) vs. #22 Virginia Tech Hokies (9-4)
Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL
Dr. Pepper ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) Championship Game
Clemson Tigers defeated Virginia Tech Hokies 42-35 for the ACC Championship.

#8 Wisconsin Badgers (10-3) vs. #5 Penn State Nittany Lions (11-2)
Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN
B1G Championship Game
Penn State Nittany Lions defeated Wisconsin Badgers 38-31 for the B1G Championship.

The Official Heisman Hopefuls Top 5 Finalists
Lamar Jackson QB Louisville Cardinals
Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma Sooners
DeShaun Watson QB Clemson Tigers
Jabrill Peppers LB Michigan Wolverines
Dede Westbrook WR Oklahoma Sooners

My Heisman Hopefuls
Lamar Jackson QB Louisville Cardinals
Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma Sooners
Donnel Pumphrey RB San Diego State Aztecs

My Top Four Playoff Teams

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide
  2. Washington Huskies
  3. Penn State Nittany Lions
  4. Clemson Tigers

College Football Playoff Rankings

  1. Navy Midshipmen
  2. Temple Owls
  3. Pittsburgh Panthers
  4. Virginia Tech Hokies
  5. Tennessee Volunteers
  6. LSU Tigers
  7. Utah Utes
  8. Stanford Cardinal
  9. Florida Gators
  10. West Virginia Mountaineers
  11. Western Michigan Broncos
  12. Auburn Tigers
  13. Louisville Cardinals
  14. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  15. Florida State Seminoles
  16. Colorado Buffaloes
  17. USC Trojans
  18. Wisconsin Badgers
  19. Oklahoma Sooners
  20. Michigan Wolverines
  21. Penn State Nittany Lions
  22. Washington Huskies
  23. Ohio State Buckeyes
  24. Clemson Tigers
  25. Alabama Crimson Tide

Copyright © Drew Martin 2016

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