5 College Football Takeaways – Week 12

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Tua injury could haunt Alabama.

Weeks after having surgery on his ankle, Tua is now dealing with a dislocated right hip. Up 35-7 in the 2nd quarter, the plan was to remove Tua Tagovailoa before the series that ultimately put the star QB out for the remainder of the year. Saban and the offensive staff wanted to get some 2-minute drill work in, and now we are left wondering if the Alabama season is over. Can Alabama win out with Mac Jones at QB? Sure. Will the playoff committee put a Tua-less Alabama team into the CFP? Possibly. You have to think that their chances just took a significant blow.

Goodbye CFP, Baylor & Minnesota 

28-3. Sounds familiar right? Baylor had everything going for them in the first half. Quick TD’s, Turnovers. Beautiful play-calling and execution. Then Oklahoma decided to be Oklahoma, shutting out the Bears in the 2nd half while scoring 24 straight points. Oklahoma is now the Big 12’s only shot at getting into the CFP, and it’s looking like a rematch with Baylor for the conference championship here in a few weeks will be the last thing standing in their way.

Minnesota came into the weekend as one of the few teams who legitimately controlled their own CFP destiny. Iowa jumped to an early 13-0 and never looked back. Despite the 23-19 loss, the Golden Gophers still control their fate within the Big Ten West and will get another shot to prove themselves against Wisconsin in 2 weeks, and then possibly Ohio State in the Big 10 Championship. Minnesota’s playoff hopes are slim, but not dead.

Trevor Lawrence getting hot at the right time

Clemson fans and NFL scouts were rightfully concerned with Lawerence’s play earlier this season. It certainly feels as if Clemson has been yawning through their schedule all season long. Since the late September 21-20 scare against North Carolina, Clemson is beating their opponents on average 53-10 the last 6 games. The last 4 games alone Lawrence has thrown 13 TD’s to 0 interceptions. If he continues to trend upwards, so does Clemson’s National Title hopes.

Oregon, Utah making CFP push

The Pac 12 may have a case to be included in the CFP. After early-season losses for Utah and Oregon in games which both teams lost by a TD or less, all the Utes and the Ducks have done since is take care of business. As long as the Utes take care of business the next two weeks, the Pac 12 championship will likely include two one-loss teams with the winner having a legitimate chance to make the CFP. Oregon’s chances might be the better of the two, and both teams are likely pulling for Auburn to upset Alabama.

Heisman race down to 3 candidates

While we believe Joe Burrow is still the runaway Heisman winner this season, OU’s Jalen Hurts and OSU’s Justin Fields have emerged as the top 2 “other” contenders to steal away the trophy. Despite the turnovers throughout the Baylor game, leading the largest comeback in Oklahoma’s storied history against an undefeated opponent away from home is absolutely the type of resume builder that all Heisman finalists need. Meanwhile, Justin Fields has made it look easy all season long, putting up video game numbers and being apart of a loaded OSU team that has dropped 70 points on opponents twice this season. Fields will get his chance for a Heisman moment next week when the Buckeyes host the 9-1 Penn State Nittany Lions.

 

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