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1. Oklahoma: The Sooners made a legitimate case for the College Football Playoff top spot by not only repeating their 18-point week 10 home win over TCU, but improving on it with a 41–17 thrashing of the Horned Frogs at the Big 12 Championship Game in their own back yard of Arlington, TX. Butcher Baker all but Saran-wrapped the 2017 Heisman Trophy, completing 15 of 23 pass attempts for 243 yards and four touchdowns. Mayfield upped his nation-leading pass efficiency rating to 203.8 by completing an even 71% of his 369 attempts for 4340 yards and 41 TDs, with just five interceptions. That output broke the FBS single-season record set by a guy named Baker Mayfield all the way back in 2016.
2. Clemson: The Tigers made the equivalent of a sales pitch by Glengarry Glen Ross’ Ricky Roma for the benefit of Mitch and Murray downtown at CFP headquarters. Their campaign for the Cadillac Eldorado first prize has been impressive, but, given the strength of OU’s ABCs (Always Be Closing) should be relegated to second prize — the set of steak knives. Clemson absolutely manhandled Miami in the ACC Championship Game, 38–3. CU outclassed the Hurricanes in nearly every conceivable manner, ripping the turnover chain off the neck of Sebastian the Ibis after intercepting two UM passes and recovering a fumble, outgaining the ‘Canes 331–214 and pitching a shutout before allowing a window-dressing field goal with just 3:29 left to play.
3. Georgia: UGA dug himself out of the ‘Pet Sematary’ in which he seemed to be buried just three weeks ago after getting whipped by Auburn, 40–17. Zombie dog got his revenge against the Tigers on Saturday at the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta; reportedly fueled by a fill-up at the Alabama-Georgia border-straddling Chick-fil-A. The ‘Dogs got a strong performance from freshman QB Jake Fromm, who attempted more than 20 passes for just the fifth time this season, completing 16 of 22 for 183 yards and two touchdowns in their 28–7 win. Georgia claimed its first conference crown since 2005, when Hurricane Katrina damage to the Superdome in New Orleans forced the champs to play the Sugar Bowl at the late, great Georgia Dome.
4. Alabama: (Idle) Before the State of Ohio blows a collective gasket, Buckeye Nation should be reminded that it was the deserved beneficiary of a CFP bid as a non-conference champion just last year. In the strength-of-schedule department, both the Crimson Tide and the Bucks played an early-season prestige game. 11–1 ‘Bama won its neutral-site opener against then-#3 Florida State, 24–7; 11–2 OSU dropped its week-two home opener against then-#5 Oklahoma, 31–16. Realistically, the only thing separating certain CFP invitee Georgia from the Tide is a rematch with Auburn. Speaking of rematches, if it were to happen organically, and not in WWE fashion, a ‘Bama/Clemson rubber match would have a certain degree of intrigue. Alabam — A vs. IP — TAY in Atlant — A. Ironic emphasis of a letter not found on the transcripts of any of the game’s participants.