The College Football Playoff Committee’s nightmare has become reality.
On Saturday, No. 4 Florida State won the ACC title with a 16-6 victory over No. 10 Louisville.
The first half was, for lack of a better word, ugly, with Florida State’s only field goal scoring. There were 11 punts, one turnover on downs, and one missed field goal, and both teams combined for just 34 yards of offense on the first nine drives of the game.
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Louisville kicked a field goal on its first drive after halftime to tie the score at three, but Laurence Toafili found a hole and ran 73 yards before finding the end zone on his next rush and forcing Florida State gave the team a 10-3 lead. 6:20 left in the third game.
The Cardinals had to make a field goal early in the fourth to cut the difference to four points, but in the fourth they basically sacked the punter and sent House to block the kick while FSU’s For a long time on their own side of the field, Louisville stayed in business.
But Jack Plummer threw an interception into the end zone for a touchback with just over 10 minutes remaining.
Both teams then traded punts, and Florida State made a field goal with 3:13 left to take a six-point lead. When Lousiville got the ball back, they failed to get a first down, only to ice the game. As rain began to fall in Charlotte, the Seminoles got an extra bonus with a 40-yard field goal.
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Toafili rushed for 118 yards on 10 carries, and Trey Benson added another 67 yards on 18 rushes.
No. 7 Texas easily won the Big 12 title on Saturday and put its name in the discussion. However, the University of Alabama, ranked 8th in the world, upset No. 1 Georgia, the defending national champion, who had won 29 straight games, in the SEC title game, showing a very interesting development.
It’s also certainly possible that despite the loss, the Bulldogs’ resume is good enough to stay in the playoffs.
Michigan State and Washington State are expected to be ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, so there will be two teams competing for the four spots.
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Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Texas will learn their fates Sunday afternoon.
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