In a massive clash in the Big 12 on Saturday night, the 8-1 Oklahoma Sooners took on the 9-0 Baylor Bears in what was essentially a first-round College Football Playoff game. For much of the contest, it looked as if the Bears were going to come away with the ‘upset,’ as they dominated the first three quarters. After a Sooners field goal to put them up 3-0, Baylor scored four consecutive touchdowns and took a 31-10 lead into half time. However, the Sooners didn’t lay down, and the second half, with the fourth quarter being even more so, will now go down as legendary. Oklahoma reduced their arrears in the third with a TD, cutting it to 31-17, but it was the fourth where the magic came into play. Jaylen Hurts would throw two of his four touchdown passes in the quarter, and he would lead a field goal drive that culminated with 1:45 left on the clock to hand them a remarkable 34-31 lead. In all, the Heisman contender went 30-42 with 297 yards in the air and 114 on the ground. He had the four aforementioned TD’s and one interception. The win means they remain alive in the CFP, while Baylor, you have to think, is surely done and dusted now.
The picture is starting to get a little bit clearer in the race for the College Football Playoff, and it’s certainly much less cloudy in the SEC now. The Georgia Bulldogs, by virtue of a 21-14 win over the Auburn Tigers on Saturday, are now the SEC East Champions for third season in a row. #4 Georgia did cruised for three quarters against #12 Auburn, but scoring TD’s in each of the first three quarters to take a commanding 21-0 road lead into the fourth. Auburn, however, fought back and scored twice with three minutes in the fourth to make it 21-14. In the end, Georgia’s defense held firm and forced two turnovers on downs, leading them to the win. Also in the SEC, there was catastrophic news for Alabama. The Crimson Tide, who had only gotten QB Tua Tagovailoa back last week, is now out for the season having sustained a hip injury in their 38-7 win over Arkansas. His chances of being the top pick in the NFL Draft are once again up in the air, and this, too, may gravely affect the team’s chance to make the final four this year. To make matters worse, the injury was picked up on what was intended to be his final drive.