NCAA College Football Regular season wraps up

November 28, 2022
While the regular season may officially be in the books, Week 13’s rivalries finalized the first step in the FBS postseason — conference title games.
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SOURCE: TWITTER/USCFB
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The GIST: While the regular season may officially be in the books, Week 13’s rivalries finalized the first step in the FBS postseason — conference title games. Here’s how the Power Five’s championship-bound squads fared this weekend.

ACC’s fallen contenders: Though both the UNC Tar Heels and Clemson Tigers clinched title game spots earlier this season, neither escaped rivalry week. The now–No. 24 Tar Heels failed to convert a 35-yard field goal in the second overtime (OT) against the NC State Wolfpack on Friday, losing 30–27.

  • The now–No. 10 Tigers’ record six-year 40-game home win streak ended on Saturday after they lost 31–30 to South Carolina, earning the Gamecocks a No. 20 ranking and quarterback (QB) Spencer Rattler a Clemson-crushing cigar.

Big Ten-sion: While Purdue clinched the notoriously terrible Big Ten West on Saturday, the battle for the Big Ten East got pretty chippy at “The Game.” Not only did the now–No. 2 Michigan Wolverines demolish the now–No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes 45–23, they did so in the ’Shoe for the first time since Buckeye QB C.J. Stroud was born. Maize? Planted in Columbus.

  • Not making the conference title game isn’t the only pill the Buckeyes must swallow. Despite the Big Ten commissioner’s hype, their 22-point loss means Ohio State needs other teams to implode next weekend to have any chance at the CFP.

No Big 12 surprises: After a season full of Big 12 bedlam, Saturday went as expected. New–No. 3 TCU’s undefeated season is alive and well after a 62–14 rout of Iowa State, and the new–No. 13 Kansas State Wildcats secured their conference final spot with a 47–27 dub over Kansas. Mischief, managed.

Unpacking the Pac-12 house: Entering the weekend there were three teams — Oregon, Utah and Washington — still in contention for the Pac-12’s remaining title game ticket. Now–No. 4 USC already clinched their bid, and QB Caleb Williams put a Heisman-worthy bow on it in Saturday’s 38–27 win over now–No. 19 Notre Dame.

An SEC–ya next year: Still–undefeated No. 1 Georgia and now–No. 11 LSU came into Saturday as a lock for the conference ’ship and, while Georgia fared well, LSU was stunned 38–23 by the SEC basement’s Texas A&M Aggies. CFP hopes? The Bayou Bengals don’t have ’em.

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