What did we learn in the FBS east of the Mississippi River this week? That the CFP Selection Committee’s job was made really easy with wins by No. 1 ranked Alabama and No. 3-ranked Clemson—as well as No. 4 Washington out West.
#1 Alabama, #3 Clemson Win Saturday, Make CFP Selection Committee Festive
LB supreme and future NFL regular Reuben Foster (10 Tackles, 2½ Sacks) and #1 Alabama rolled to its 25th straight win on Saturday afternoon, manhandling an injured Florida team, 54-16 (ALA -24, BetOnline) in the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome as the dominating Crimson Tide Defense did allow a TD but also sent that familiar message by scoring two Non-Defensive TDs of their own. Alabama (9-4 ATS) will no doubt be the #1 seed when the CFP Selection Committee announces their Final Four today (ESPN, 12 p.m. EST) and the Peach and Fiesta Bowl combatants. But whether #4 Washington moves up a spot (and by #3 Clemson) by virtue of its crushing of #8 Colorado in week 14 remains to be seen. The Huskies are in.
Even with #7 Penn State’s thrilling come-from-behind Big Ten Championship Game win over #6 Wisconsin at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday night, 38-31 (WIS -3, 5Dimes), #2 Ohio State will likely stay in its current spot with Wins over #9 Oklahoma, #5 Michigan and #6 Wisconsin and either an Ohio State-Clemson or a Ohio State-Washington showdown will likely be announced early today.
And this means a probable FBS Final Four with no team with 2 Losses and a combined 45-3 SU Record this season. It will be hard to argue the Selection Day decision this year.
#3 Clemson Holds Off #23 Virginia Tech in ACC Title Tilt, Will Likely Get Shot at Championship
Deshaun Watson and #3 Clemson defeated #23 Virginia Tech, 42-35 in the ACC Championship Game at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Saturday night (CLEM -11½, Bovada), meaning the Tigers will be in the mix when the CFP Selection Committee unveils the four this morning (ESPN, 12 p.m. EST/ 9 a.m PST).
Department of Trends: Temple Official FBS ATS Champion for 2016/17 at 12-1
Temple trampled #19 Navy in the AAC Championship Game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland on Saturday to move to an FBS-best 12-1 ATS following its 34-10 spanking of the Midshipmen (NAVY -1, BetOnline). The school with the second-best ATS Record east of the Mississippi River? Wisconsin at 9-2-1, even after getting bit by the Nittany Lions. Eastern Michigan (9-3 ATS) and Auburn (9-3 ATS) are third with Florida Atlantic (2-9-1 ATS) and Connecticut (2-9-1 ATS) sharing the title of King Rat, slightly ahead of West college Arizona (2-10) who definitely won’t be going bowling. Maybe bowling-bowling for the Wildcats (1-8 SU Pac-12), but not football-bowling.