NCAA SNAPS Ge­or­gia, Ok­la­homa both prove they be­long in Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off ... QB Hurts shows cham­pi­onship grit for Alabama ... UCF ral­lies to stay per­fect ... Tucker gone?

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For the No. 1 Alabama

Jalen Hurts’ Crim­son Tide, sur­pris­ing de­ci­sion to stick around Tuscaloosa might just pay div­i­dends in the form of yet an­other na­tional foot­ball cham­pi­onship.

But for the No. 4 Ge­or­gia Bull­dogs, it might well have bit­ten them in the rear-end.

The Bull­dogs will find out early Sun­day whether a down-to-the-wire loss to quar­ter­back Hurts and ri­val Alabama on Sat­ur­day shuts them out of the NCAA’s Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off.

We here at Col­lege Foot­ball Frenzy think it won’t.

But two losses on their record might say oth­er­wise.

Es­pe­cially with the No. 5 Ok­la­homa Soon­ers (121) tak­ing care of busi­ness ear­lier in the day, de­feat­ing the No. 14 Texas Longhorns (9-4) 39-27 in the Big 12 Cham­pi­onship Game.

“(We be­long in the play­off) be­cause of what you saw to­day,” Soon­ers head coach Lin­coln Ri­ley

told ABC postgame. “We’re a 12-win team … a team that’s just get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter. Our best ball’s still ahead of us. We can’t wait for what’s next.”

What’s comes next is the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off Se­lec­tion Show (noon ET, TSN3), when the teams mak­ing up the fi­nal four are an­nounced as de­cided by the CFP Se­lec­tion Com­mit­tee.

Its 13 mem­bers were cer­tainly faced with quite the co­nun­drum af­ter Sat­ur­day’s ac­tion.

Do they go with a two-loss Ge­or­gia (11-2) that lost by a whisker 35-28 to seem­ingly un­beat­able Alabama (13-0)?

Or do they go with a oneloss Ok­la­homa to join the other three fi­nal-four teams in ’Bama, the No. 2 Clem­son Tigers (12-0 prior to Sat­ur­day night’s ACC cham­pi­onship fi­nale against the Pitts­burgh Pan­thers (7-5) and the No. 3 Notre Dame Fight­ing Ir­ish (12-0)?

The No. 6 Ohio State Buck- eyes (11-1) also looked to stake a claim in that con­ver­sa­tion in a meet­ing with the No. 21 North­west­ern Wild­cats (8-4) in the Big Ten ti­tle tilt late Sat­ur­day.

But no­body can say that Ok­la­homa didn’t do its part to prove it should have a shot at the na­tional ti­tle.

“It’s been a hard year,” a teary-eyed Ri­ley told ABC post-game. “I’m so proud of our guys. We’re champs — and it feels darn good.”

And no­body can ar­gue against Ge­or­gia look­ing like it be­longs.

“We most def­i­nitely have one of the best four teams in the coun­try,” Ge­or­gia

Kirby Smart head coach told re­porters post-game. “I

(Nick Sa­ban) promise you … doesn’t want to play us.”

Not likely af­ter Sa­ban’s Tide strug­gled Sat­ur­day in the SEC cham­pi­onship fi­nale like never be­fore this sea­son.

In fact, Sa­ban needed magic from an old friend, QB Hurts, af­ter Heis­man Tro­phy favourite Tua Tago­v­ailoa was helped off the field with a leg in­jury in the fourth quar­ter against the Bull­dogs.

Hurts, who shock­ingly stayed at ’Bama ear­lier this year af­ter learn­ing he’d be back­ing up Tago­v­ailoa, came off the bench and looked like his cham­pi­onship self, en­gi­neer­ing two late touch­down drives for the come­back vic­tory.

“I hon­estly didn’t know what to think,” Hurts told CBS post-game. “All year, I’ve been think­ing about my op­por­tu­nity. And re­gard­less of how it went, my op­por­tu­nity came to­day. And with the help of my team­mates, we got it done.”

The ju­nior QB could be asked to get it done two more times — in the semi­fi­nal and in the na­tion cham­pi­onship game should Tago­v­ailoa be deemed un­avail­able for ac­tion.

“I know at Alabama there’s al­ways op­por­tu­nity to win,” Hurts told CBS post-game. “We work so hard in the off-sea­son — blood, sweat and tears. To­day we found a way to get it done. I’m so happy.”


Sa­ban got emo­tional talk­ing about Hurts with CBS post-game, “We’ve al­ways had a lot of faith in Jalen. I told him when Tua got hurt and we put him in that ’it’s your time.’ He took ad­van­tage and did a fan­tas­tic job. I’m so proud of this guy for what he’s done this year that I can’t even tell you.” … What a de­fen­sive slugfest in the 10-3 Pac-12 con­fer­ence fi­nale Fri­day night won by No. 10 Wash­ing­ton (10-3) over No. 17 Utah (9-4). The only TD came via UDub’s

By­ron Mur­phy de­fence, as re­turned a pick-six 66 yards in the third quar­ter of a game that saw Utah to­tal only 188 yards, while Wash­ing­ton had 306 and con­trolled the clock … In Fri­day’s other cham­pi­onship game, the MAC crowned its champ as North­ern Illi­nois (8-5) got a TD with 69 sec­onds re­main­ing to up­set Buf­falo (10-3) 30-29. The 39-yard strike from QB Mar­cus Childers

to se­nior D.J. Brown re­ceiver capped a rally from 19 points down.


No. 8 UCF’s dream to reach the fi­nal four was some­how wildly re­vived mid­way through the Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship Game. So, too, was its na­tion-best 25-game win streak, as Cen­tral Florida (12-0) ral­lied to top vis­it­ing Mem­phis (8-5) 56-41. UCF was down 31-14 and 38-21 in the sec­ond quar­ter and with­out uber-tal­ented

McKen­zie Mil­ton, QB who dis­lo­cated his knee last week in a grue­some in­jury … Tough to see Mil­ton, who’s had three surg­eries al­ready since last Sat­ur­day, make a TV ap­pear­ance from his re­cov­ery bed dur­ing the game, wish­ing UCF the best

Mele Ka­liki­maka and — or Merry Christ­mas in Hawai­ian — to all the fans … The other three con­fer­ence tilts saw host Ap­palachian State (10-2) top Louisiana (7-6) 30-19 in the Sun Belt fi­nal, UAB (10-3) edge host Mid­dle Ten­nessee State (8-5) 27-25 in the Con­fer­ence USA cap­per and No. 22 Boise State (10-2) host No. 25 Fresno State (10-2) in the Moun­tain West fi­nale late Sat­ur­day.


Love how the Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence brands it­self as a Power 6 en­tity. It’s hop­ing some­how it sticks with the Power Five peo­ple so it can get the re­spect of the big boys and even­tu­ally the CFP Se­lec­tion Com­mit­tee … Vir­ginia Tech (6-6) used its last-chance game against Mar­shall (8-4) to make it­self bowl-el­i­gi­ble for a na­tion-tops 26th straight sea­son. Host VaTech paid Mar­shall $300,000 to bring the game to its back­yard and made the most of it in a 41-20 vic­tory … Colorado’s

Mel next coach? Tucker,

who might have par­tic­i­pated in his last game Sat­ur­day for Ge­or­gia as its de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor.


Alabama Crim­son Tide quar­ter­back Jalen Hurts smiles as he is sur­rounded by a sea of cam­eras af­ter de­feat­ing the Ge­or­gia Bull­dogs in the 2018 SEC cham­pi­onship game last night in At­lanta.

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