Utah passes Oklahoma as Oregon, Penn State fall out of top 10 in latest Amway Coaches Poll
The top five in the Amway Coaches Poll stayed the same with LSU leading Ohio State and Clemson. Utah jumped Oklahoma is now in the No. 6 spot.LSU is still No. 1 after breezing past Arkansas. The Tigers received 52 of 63 first-place votes cast this week. Ohio State had a slightly more difficult time putting away Penn State, but the Buckeyes prevailed and remain at No. 2 with seven No. 1 nods.
Those hopes have now been dashed. With a 37 - 15 win over No. 5 Utah , No. 13 Oregon has all but officially eliminated the Pac-12 from the playoff race. Utah also went 4 for 13 on third downs and 0 for 3 on fourth downs. Oregon ' s defense keyed in on Moss and defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- CJ Verdell ran for 208 yards and broke open the game with two long touchdown runs in the fourth quarter, and No. 13 Oregon spoiled No. 5 Utah's playoff hopes with a 37-15 victory in the Pac-12 championship game Friday night.
The Utes (11-2, No. 5 CFP) came into the game hoping to make a case for one of the four playoff spots with a conference title but instead got overmatched by Oregon (11-2, No. 13 CFP) and lost their second straight Pac-12 championship game.
They fell into a 20-0 hole in the first half and then gave up a 70-yard TD run to Verdell after cutting the deficit to 23-15, paving the way for the winner of the Big 12 title game between Oklahoma and Baylor to get into the playoff as long as No. 1 LSU beats No. 4 Georgia for the SEC championship.
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Their hopes of doing so this season ended Saturday. Justin Herbert hit Darren Carrington for a Carrington had a quiet day until the game- winning catch, finishing with 37 yards on five receptions. Utah defensive end Hunter Dimick set the school' s career sack record in the first quarter with a sack
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The Utes got back onto the game with two TD passes by Tyler Huntley in the third quarter. He connected with Zack Moss on a 24-yard play on the opening drive of the half to cut it to 20-7 and then threw a 25-yarder to Samson Nacua late in the third quarter to make it 23-15 following a 2-point conversion.
The Utes then drove into Oregon territory before Huntley was sacked by Keyvon Thibodeaux on second down. Utah ended up punting on fourth-and-4 from the Oregon 40 after being stopped on three fourth downs earlier in the game.
Verdell struck with his big run five plays later and added a 31-yard score later in the fourth against the nation's top-ranked run defense to put the game out of reach.
The Ducks sent the tone early when they stuffed Moss for no gain on two short-yardage attempts from the Oregon 33 on the opening drive. Oregon drove down and took the lead for good on Verdell's 3-yard run.
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The Utes kept making more mistakes and the Ducks only added to the lead. After forcing a three and out, Oregon got a field goal on the next drive, then blocked a punt after Utah committed a false start on fourth-and-1 before Brady Breeze intercepted a pass in the end zone.
Oregon then struck on a 45-yard strike from Justin Herbert to Johnny Johnson III to make it 17-0, got another fourth down stop and led 20-0 at the break.
Utah: The Utes were seeking their biggest win since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. Instead, they had a second straight disappointing performance in the conference title game after losing 10-3 to Washington last year. Now instead of a playoff berth or even a spot in the Rose Bowl, the Utes now must hope to stay high enough in the playoff rankings to get into a New Year's Six game.
Oregon: The victory left as many questions for the Ducks as answers. Had Oregon not blown a 21-6 second-half lead to Auburn in the opener or come out flat in a 31-28 loss at Arizona State two weeks ago, the Ducks could have been the team with a case for a playoff berth. Instead they will have to settle for the Rose Bowl and laments about what could have been in Herbert's senior season.
Ohio State stays No. 1, while Utah leads Oklahoma in College Football Playoff rankings
Ohio State continued is hold on the No. 1 spot in the College Football Playoff ahead of LSU. Utah leads Oklahoma for the critical No. 5 position.There was change below the top four, however. Utah moves up one place to fifth with Alabama's loss to Auburn. The Utes are followed closely by Oklahoma and Baylor. Wisconsin, Florida and Penn State round out the top 10.
Surprising loss against Oregon ends Utah ’ s Pac-12 South title hopes . 20. LSU (6-4). Week 12 Result: Lost to Florida 16-10. Last Week: 15 . Week 2 Opponent: Lamar. It’s a long ways off , but Houston’s win over Oklahoma certainly helps the playoff hopes of Tom Herman’s team.
In another foreboding development, Utah currently trails Arizona 17-7 midway through the second quarter. This all sets Georgia up for a playoff run. With a win against a top 10 opponent under their belts Hubbard, on his 37 th carry of the night, streaked in for a 13-yard touchdown with 1: 37 to go
Utah: Bowl game to be determined.
Oregon: The Rose Bowl against a Big Ten team on Jan. 1.
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Oklahoma boosts playoff hopes after beating Baylor for its fifth Big 12 title in a row .
Oklahoma stayed in College Football Playoff position by beating Baylor for the Big 12 title. The Sooners must wait on results from SEC and Big Ten.The Sooners, who captured their fifth conference title in a row, were ranked sixth in the playoff committee's rankings last week. But with a loss by No. 5 Utah in the Pac-12 title game and the potential loss of No. 4 Georgia to LSU in the SEC title game later Saturday, Oklahoma looks poised to move into the fourth spot.