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Titles Of College Football Conference Decided: Alabama Secure Victory And OKSU Denied By Baylor

So far in the 2021 college football season, the conference championships have been determined on the field of play, and Saturday proved to be more of the same. In the SEC Championship game, #3 Alabama faced #1 Georgia, the most dominant team of the season thus far. And it didn’t go according to plan for the Bulldogs, as the Crimson Tide won handily by a score of 41-24, defeating their rivals once again and securing a spot in the College Football Playoff as a consequence. Bryce Young was sensational as the quarterback, claiming the Heisman Trophy with four touchdowns (three via the air, one on the ground) and 421 yards passing against a Georgia defense that had allowed only 6.9 points per game.

 

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Simply astonishing, and they will now make a valid claim to be the #1 seed heading into the semis. Another team that might want to make a claim is Cincinnati, the lone remaining unbeaten team in the nation after they took a 35-21 victory over Houston in the AAC title game to conclude a perfect 13-0 season to date. The Bearcats were #4 coming in and have a long road to go to be the #1 seed, but they appear to have done enough to get in this time as they have been brilliant and also gotten help. Some of that help came from the Baylor Bears, who took down #5 Oklahoma State with an amazing goal-line stand in the final minute of the Big 12 title game. Cowboys QB Spencer Sanders was picked off four times by the Bears, but he led his team down the field in the dying moments to give them hope before those hopes were ultimately dashed. On a fourth and goal, it appeared that running back Dezmon Jackson was going to get in and hand OKSU the lead and win, but Jairon McVea made the tackle of all tackles to deny him and hand his Bears a conference title with a tight 21-16 win. Baylor likely will go to the Sugar Bowl now, and they certainly have earned it with this ‘W.’ Last but not least, we also have to make mention of Michigan’s crushing 42-3 win over Iowa in the Big Ten title game. It was their first conference crown since 2004 and it means that Jim Harbaugh has finally broken through for the Wolverines after years and years of persisting. At this point, the top four look settled ahead of the committee’s decision. Placement will determine who plays who and when, so that will be interesting to see.

 

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