This has been a fun year to watch college football, and last weekend was no exception. Records were broken, upsets took place, and the rankings were shaken up. 5 of the top 10 teams in the College Football Playoff rankings lost.
The first upset of the week took place in N.C as 17th ranked North Carolina fell short 28-27 at Duke. This meant that all the 14th ranked Virginia Tech had to do was beat Georgia Tech in Blacksburg to clinch a berth in the ACC Championship Game in Orlando.
However, the Yellow Jackets had other plans as they took down the Hokies 30-20 in Lane Stadium. This means that UNC is still in the hunt to win the Costal Division if Virginia Tech is to lose against UVA and UNC is to win their final ACC game.
Over in the Atlantic Division, things got interesting as number 2 Clemson hosted 5-4 Pittsburgh, as Chris Blewitt hit a 48-yard field goal to knock off the second best team in the country. As number six Louisville took down Wake Forest 44-12.
Right now, Louisville and Clemson are tied for the top of the Atlantic. Clemson will clinch the Atlantic Division with a win on Saturday at Wake Forest.
Over in the SEC, two top 10 teams fell short which will most likely end their hope at a berth into the College Football Playoff. Number nine Auburn fell short in Athens to Georgia 13-7, and number eight Texas A&M fell short at home to Ole Miss 29-28.
With both losses, the Alabama Crimson Tide clinched a berth into the SEC championship game representing the West Division. Over in the East Division, the Florida Gators are currently the front runners, as they are one win away from creating a rematch from last year’s SEC Championship game against Alabama. All Florida has to do is beat LSU in Baton Rouge, and the Gators will clinch the East. Clemson was not the only top 4 team to go down last weekend.
In the Pac-12 Conference, Washington had a chance to help boost their resume with a home win against USC in Seattle. However, the Trojans defeated Washington 26-13. With the loss, the Huskies fall to 2nd place in the Pac-12 North, one game behind instate rival Washington St.
Their meeting in the last week of the regular season will most likely determine who represents the PAC-12 North. However, the USC win helped their cause as they push for a berth in the PAC- 12 Championship game representing the South Division. As of now, Colorado holds a 6-1 record and is on top of the PAC-12 South.
The other top 4 team to go down was number 3 Michigan, as the fell on the road to Iowa. Like the Pac-12, this loss made things interesting in the Big Ten Conference. The last final meeting between Ohio State and Michigan in Columbus will probably be the most intriguing matchup in the final week of the regular season.
Last week was the most interesting week in college football. This weekend, fates will be decided.
– Luke Montalbano