A commanding, 41-10 rout over Colorado in the Pac-12 Championship Game concluded a 12-1 run and league title for the Washington Huskies. The Dawgs now will play for their first national championship in 25 years.
The teams and matchups for college football’s 2016-17 playoff are set. With no upsets or surprises on Championship Saturday, the top four teams were easy picks for the College Football Playoff selection committee. Alabama claimed the No. 1 overall seed after a perfect 13-0 regular season, with Clemson at No. 2, Ohio State at No. 3 and Washington at No. 4.
Now we are getting down to the end of the regular season in college football and different things are coming into play. Several teams are still trying to impress the College Football Playoff Selection Committee while others are trying to make last-minute pushes to better bowl games.
OK, so there’s a lot that we don’t know. We don’t know the draft order, because the standings will see major changes over the next five weeks. We don’t know which coaches will be fired, changing the direction and priority of several franchises. And we don’t know which underclassmen will actually declare for the draft.
By this time next week, we'll know which four teams are headed to the College Football Playoff, as well as which teams are headed to New Year's Six bowls. This coming weekend — championship weekend — will be what decides all of that once and for all.
College football’s 2016 regular season concludes with a small, but meaningful slate on Friday and Saturday for Week 14. The action begins on Friday night with the MAC Championship between Western Michigan and Ohio, with the Pac-12 title game between Washington and Colorado kicking off later that evening.
Oregon fired coach Mark Helfrich on Tuesday night, ending a four-year run in charge of the program. Under Helfrich’s direction, the Ducks went 37-16 over the last four seasons. However, after winning 24 games from 2013-14, Oregon was just 13-12 over the last two years, including a 4-8 mark in 2016.