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the The Georgia Bulldogs and Washington Huskies, No. 1 and No. 5 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, had their toughest games of Week 12 on Saturday — at least on paper. Both teams were the only playoff contenders to face ranked opponents.
Washington got all it could handle from Oregon beavers. In rainy Corvallis, the Huskies held on for a 22-20 win. Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. passed for 162 yards and connected with Roma Udunze for a score, but it was the Huskies’ defense that sealed the deal with a fourth-down stop with two minutes left.
Georgia had no trouble with the No. 18 Tennessee Volunteers. After the Vols scored on their first play from scrimmage, the Bulldogs responded with 24 straight points en route to an easy 38-10 victory. Receiver Dillon Bell threw a touchdown pass and caught it.
The No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes completely dominated the Minnesota Golden Gophers 37-3. OSU’s defense held Minnesota to just 159 yards.
Playing their second game without coach Jim Harbaugh, who is serving a three-game suspension stemming from a sign-stealing investigation, the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines held off the Maryland Terrapins to remain undefeated. The Terps held on to five points and forced the Wolverines to punt on three straight possessions in the second half. However, Taulia Tagovailoa threw a costly interception and was called for intentional grounding in the end zone, giving Michigan a safety and allowing the Wolverines to win 31-24.
The Florida State Seminoles, ranked No. 4 in the rankings, started slow, but eventually got past the FCS North Alabama Lions. Although FSU remained undefeated, they lost star quarterback Jordan Travis, who was carted off the field with his left leg in an air cast.
Besides the Thanksgiving holiday, the final week of the regular season brings up traditional rivalries. The Washington Cougars face Washington State in the Apple Cup, while Florida State travels to face the Florida Gators. Georgia visits the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Of course, Ohio State and Michigan will face off in one of the most anticipated versions of their rivalry next Saturday.
Here are who ESPN’s college football reporters are picking for the playoff:
Andrea Adelson: 1. Georgia 2. Ohio State 3. Michigan 4. Florida State
Blake Baumgartner: 1. Georgia 2. Ohio State 3. Michigan 4. Washington
Kyle Bonagura: 1. Georgia 2. Michigan 3. Washington 4. Ohio State
Bill Connelly: 1. Georgia 2. Michigan 3. Ohio State 4. Washington
Heather Dinich: 1. Georgia 2. Ohio State 3. Michigan 4. Florida State
David Hale: 1. Georgia 2. Michigan 3. Washington 4. Ohio State
Chris Low: 1. Georgia 2. Michigan 3. Ohio State 4. Florida State
Harry Lyles Jr: 1. Georgia 2. Michigan 3. Ohio State 4. Florida State
Ryan McGee: 1. Georgia 2. Washington 3. Ohio 4. Florida
Adam Rittenberg: 1. Georgia 2. Michigan 3. Washington 4. Ohio State
Alex Scarborough: 1. Georgia 2. Michigan 3. Ohio State 4. Washington
Mark Schlabach: 1. Georgia 2. Michigan 3. Ohio State 4. Oregon
Paolo Ugetti: 1. Georgia 2. Michigan 3. Ohio State 4. Washington
Tom Vanharen: 1. Georgia 2. Michigan 3. Ohio State 4. Florida State
Dave Wilson: 1. Georgia 2. Michigan 3. Ohio State 4. Washington
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