Article posted on Monday 25 December
Wisconsin and Miami were poised to earn positions in the College Football Playoff before losing in their respective conference finals and dropping from the ranks of the unbeaten. The Badgers fell to Ohio State for the Big Ten title, while Clemson toppled Miami in the ACC championship game. But their close calls for a national title certainly adds intrigue as the No. 6 Badgers and No. 11 Hurricanes meet in the Orange Bowl.
When it comes to the Heisman Trophy, it is clearly Baker Mayfield's award to lose. And while the actions of the Oklahoma Sooners quarterback sometimes cross the line, it's evident that his play on the field hasn't - so much so in fact that Bovada opted to take down its Heisman Trophy future bet, certain that Mayfield is going to become the sixth Oklahoma player to win the honor.
Following a week of huge games and upsets galore among the top 10 in NCAA football, the rankings have suddenly taken on a very familiar feel. There's Alabama right there at the top, with Clemson slotted in at No. 2 - the same spots the two schools occupied last season when the Tigers upset the Crimson Tide in the national championship game. History does have a way of repeating itself, doesn't it?
First and 10, do it again. The age-old football cheer takes on a different meaning this week for three teams. Michigan State improved to 7-2 by shocking Penn State, and now they must travel to Columbus to face an Ohio State team that was crushed by Iowa. Miami and Wisconsin both posted solid wins to remain unbeaten but can they do it again this week against another tough opponent?