It’s champ week! Meaning it’s the last week of the college football season, which seriously flew by fast. Now, there were a bunch of wild coaching moves earlier this week, starting with Lincoln Riley going to USC, Brian Kelly going to LSU and Notre Dame announcing Marcus Freeman as Kelly’s replacement at Notre Dame. But we still got some games to watch, because aside from Georgia, there are some spots up for grabs in the College Football Playoff, so let’s get to it.
Game of the moment — Big 12 championship: No. 5 Oklahoma State vs. No. 9 Baylor (noon ET, ABC/ESPN App)
Ten years, two weeks and one day ago, Quinn Sharp’s kick sailed wide right. I guess. I’ve never been completely convinced of that, but that’s what the officials ruled. It was as close as it could possibly be.
After watching a 24-7 lead over Iowa State disappear on a Friday night in Ames in 2011, Oklahoma State, ranked second and unbeaten, had a chance to take the lead back with a minute left in regulation, but Sharp’s 37-yard field goal attempt failed, and the immortal Jeff Woody scored in the second overtime to vanquish the Pokes. They would fall just short of the top two in the final BCS rankings. That had a positive effect on college football as a whole — the resulting Alabama-LSU rematch in the national title game was so poorly received that decision-makers finally agreed to adopt a four-team playoff after decades of hemming and hawing — but the best OSU team ever never got a shot at a championship. Read more from Bill Connelly’s champ week preview (ESPN+).
For a complete breakdown on the implications of every championship game on the playoff race, check this out.
Full schedule: All teams | Top 25
Champ week highlights
Matt Jones has some serious hops!
Future GameDay guests, take notes.
And Lee Corso’s pick is …
For all the best signs, check this out.
Newly crowned champs
Utah won its first Pac-12 championship after handily beating Oregon.
MEEP MEEP. From Bottom 10 misery to champs, UTSA did it.
Scene in the stands
Deion Sanders wants to see a full house for the SWAC title game, and he doesn’t even care who you might root for.
Introducing your new head coach
Marcus Freeman has already won over his players it looks like.
And, well. Brian Kelly has taken to the south quite fast.
Best of luck to Grace.
Lane Kiffin has added some Air Diors to his sneaker collection, and yeah, we’re a little bit jealous.
We like anything shiny and eye-catching, and that’s exactly what these cleats are that Oregon wore in the Pac-12 title game on Friday night.
For all the best uniforms of the week, check this out.
Feel good moments of the week
Utah had a moment of loudness rather than silence to honor Aaron Lowe and Ty Jordan.
Nothing better than this: RC Slocum ringing the bell.
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