Sugar Bowl – #15 Texas Longhorns v #5 Georgia Bulldogs

Bowl Texas: Offense Passing: Texas has been a different team since they made the swap from Buechele to Ehlinger. Part of their renewed success comes from Ehlinger’s ability to be a threat in the ground game as well as the passing game. Texas has great road numbers a drop of about 5% in completion percentage. … Read moreSugar Bowl – #15 Texas Longhorns v #5 Georgia Bulldogs

2018 SEC Championship – Alabama v. Georgia

Battle for the SEC Championship

#1 Alabama started the season as the pre-season number one after winning the College Football Playoff last season, and they’ve held onto that ranking the entire season.

#4 Georgia entered the season ranked third (AP) and fourth (coaches’) and hasn’t been ranked lower than 8th on the season. Georgia is the defending SEC Champion, having defeated Auburn at the end of last season.

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College Football Playoff Primer

With the release of the penultimate College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings on Tuesday, we are starting to see how the “New Year’s Six” (NY6) bowls – as well as the National Semifinal – could shake out.

But with conference championships to be played this weekend, there should be some drama yet to play out. As such, we wanted to take a look at the current Top 12 to see how results this weekend could impact their place when the final rankings are announced next week.

It Pays to be the Champion…

As a reminder, the champions of the “Power 5” conferences[1] automatically qualify for a NY6 bowl game. A spot in the NY6 is also guaranteed to the highest-ranked champion from the “Group of Five” conferences[2] (American, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, and Sun Belt).

The top four teams in the final CFP rankings are slotted into the national semifinal bowls – this year, they are the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl – in 1 v 4 and 2 v 3 matchups.

The remaining six spots in the NY6 bowls are chosen from the final season rankings, and have typically included only teams in the top 12 (hence the focus of this article).

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NCAA – Power Five Conference Championships (UPDATED)

With the final “regular” season weekend upon us in college football, there are still some teams that are fighting for a berth in their conference championship games.

In the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the College Football Playoff (CFB) determines the champion after a four-team playoff, whose placement is determined by the CFB rankings. Teams are fighting through the regular season to compete for a berth in the “New Year’s Six” (NY6) bowl games – the Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl, and Peach Bowl – two of which host the national semifinals on a rotating basis (this season’s semifinals are the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl, for example).

At least it’s better than the BCS

The NY6 bowls use the bowl rankings to place the clubs in the semifinal, and the bowls that aren’t hosting the semifinals get their choice from the teams in the rankings. They typically chose from the Top 12 in the rankings, though they have been required to choose from outside the top 12 if a surprising team wins a conference championship.

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Early game feature – South Carolina v. Georgia

This matchup is one of the two games with both teams ranked in the top 25, we’ll cover the other in a later edition. South Carolina comes into this game as the 24th-ranked team in the land, while Georgia comes in as the 3rd-ranked team. Both teams faced inferior opponents (the so-called ‘cupcakes’ that Popular … Read moreEarly game feature – South Carolina v. Georgia