Young leads Tide over Georgia

STARS

—Bryce Young threw three touchdowns and ran for another as the fourth-seeded Crimson Tide beat No. 1 Georgia 41-24 in the Southeastern Conference Championship game.

—Jerome Ford of Cincinnati ran for 187 yards and two touchdowns as the No. 3 Bearcats edged out No. 16 Houston 35-20 in the American Athletic Conference Championship game.

—Hassan Haskins, Mich., Ran for two touchdowns in the second half and broke a school record with 20 on the season, helping the No.2 Wolverines win their first Big Ten title in 17 years and a probable playoff berth playoffs with a 42-3 rout over No.15 Iowa.

—Cole Johnson, James Madison, had five touchdowns, ran for a sixth as the Dukes beat Southeast Louisiana 59-20 in the second round of the FCS playoffs.

—Logan Bonner, Utah State, had 318 yards and four touchdowns to help the Aggies win their first Mountain West Conference championship with a 46-13 rout of No.19 from San Diego.

—Tommy Mellott, Montana State, ran for 183 yards and two touchdowns in a 26-7 win over UT in the second round of the FCS playoffs.

—Ramon Jefferson, Sam Houston rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns, and defending National Champion Bearkats beat Incarnate Word 49-42 in the first round of the FCS playoffs.

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TIDE TOP DAWGS

Bryce Young has incredibly carved out the best defense in the country, giving Nick Saban and Alabama a chance to win another national championship.

Young threw three touchdowns and ran for another as the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide beat No.1 Georgia 41-24 in the Southeastern Conference Championship game, a result that likely sends the two powerful programs in the four-team college football playoffs.

Young set SEC championship records with 421 passing yards and 461 total violation yards.

Georgia have been through the regular season barely challenged and a unanimous choice as the nation’s No.1 team in the past two months. The Bulldogs boasted a formidable defensive unit that had allowed just 6.9 points per game.

Young was the MVP of the title match and made Georgia’s much-vaunted defense look like a scout team, surely boosting their chances of winning the Heisman Trophy and moving up to an even bigger game on the final day of 2021.

The qualifying peloton will be announced on Sunday, with the semi-finals set for the orange and cotton balls on December 31.

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WOLVERINES RELATED TO Playoffs

Michigan is heading to college football playoffs for the first time.

Hassan Haskins ran for two touchdowns in the second half and broke a school record as running back Donavan Edwards threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to help Michigan’s No.2 claim his first Big Ten title in 17 and a playoff berth with a rout 42-3 over the No.15 Iowa.

Resurgent Michigan has won five in a row and if it reaches the playoffs, as expected, it would need one more victory to return to Indianapolis and play its first national championship since 1997.

The Wolverines handed the Hawkeyes their second straight loss in a title game and blocked coach Kirk Ferentz from winning his first conference crown since 2004. Iowa lost to Michigan State in the 2015 title game. and this one came one night both quarters, Spencer Petras and Alex Padilla, battled the Wolverines.

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BEARCATS LIMITED Playoffs

Cincinnati is poised to become the first non-Power 5 team to crush the college football playoffs.

Jerome Ford ran for 187 yards and two touchdowns and Desmond Ridder threw three touchdown passes as No.3 Cincinnati opened a tight game in the third quarter and passed No.16 Houston 35-20 in the championship game. of the American Athletic Conference on Saturday.

The Bearcats, ranked # 4 in the latest CFP rankings, are poised to become the first non-Power 5 team to qualify. The final ranking will be announced on Sunday.

Cincinnati, who extended the nation’s second-longest home winning streak to 27, scored three touchdowns in less than eight minutes to complete their second straight AAC crown.

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BAYLOR BOUNDS THE COWBOYS

Dezmon Jackson missed a few inches on a desperate dive in the dying seconds for Oklahoma State, putting the fifth-place Cowboys out of the race for a place in the four-team playoffs.

Baylor goaltender Jairon McVea put Jackson out of bounds without letting him reach the pylon with 24 seconds left in Saturday’s Big 12 Championship game, preserving a 21-16 win for ninth-placed Baylor.

The Bears’ victory came a year after their 2-7 record on coach Dave Aranda’s debut last season.

Blake Shapen, leaving for injured Gerry Bohanon (right hamstring), threw three touchdowns while completing his first 17 assists as Baylor took a 21-3 lead in the first half.

The Cowboys rallied, racking up 89 yards on 17 plays in that final practice before their Big 12 and national championship hopes were barely timid.

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