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Keeping track of Rivalry Weekend’s postseason impact, game by game


Keeping track of the Playoff, New Year’s Six, and bowl season fallout from Week 13 as each top-25 game goes final. Below, let’s keep track of Week 13’s ranked games from the Playoff committee’s perspective, which means it’s not only about who you beat, but how it relates to the full picture. Win projections are via S&P+. Final scores are in bold. SUPER important The weekend’s only game between two Playoff contenders: No. 1 Alabama (11-0) at No. 6 Auburn (9-2): The winner gets a virtual Playoff quarterfinal against Georgia for the SEC title. The Tide really might clinch a Playoff spot with an Iron Bowl win alone (and the Tide could still make it in at 11-1). Meanwhile, Auburn’s got home field, health, and momentum. Important! Games between teams that could finish in the committee’s final top 25 and/or games with other major postseason stakes. No. 3 Clemson (10-1) at No. 24 South Carolina (8-3): The committee loves the Tigers’ deep schedule, but a loss either here or against Miami in the ACC Championship would put Clemson in a group hoping for the No. 4 spot. Pitt (5-7) 24, No. 2 Miami (10-1) 14: The Canes might be able to afford an unranked loss, just like Clemson and Oklahoma have, but probably shouldn’t have risked it! The committee already didn’t like their struggles against lesser teams. No. 5 Wisconsin (11-0) at Minnesota (5-6): UW’s strength of schedule has improved, but remains a sticking point. I think 11-1 Badgers would still be in with a win over Ohio State, but better not risk it! West Virginia (7-4) at No. 4 Oklahoma (10-1): With a win here against WVU’s backup QB, OU would be the first team to clinch a Playoff spot, just as it was in 2015 ... if not for the reanimated Big 12 Championship rematch against TCU. No. 8 Notre Dame (9-2) at No. 21 Stanford (8-3): Notre Dame would lock up a New Year’s Six bowl bid with a win. The Cardinal can only join that group by winning the Pac-12, though that depends on Washington State-Washington. No. 7 Georgia (10-1) at Georgia Tech (5-5): Could the Dawgs make it in as a two-loss team? Well, they entered Week 13 ranked behind three other teams with losses, so the committee’s evidently no longer bowled over by the former No. 1 team. Better just win out, imho. No. 9 Ohio State (9-2) at Michigan (8-3): For the fourth year in a row, the Buckeyes are angling to be one of the committee’s hardest calls (2014: in by jumping two teams; 2015: out as a one-loss; 2016: in as a non-champ). Can a team that got its ass kicked twice, once by an unranked team, make the field? Many were wrong to give up on OSU’s chances in 2014 and 2016, so we’ll see. Winning at a turbulent UM is required, though. No. 13 Washington State (9-2) at No. 17 Washington (9-2): If WSU wins the Apple Cup, the Cougs will play USC in the Pac-12 Championship. If UW wins, Stanford wins the North. Ole Miss (6-6) , No. 14 Mississippi State (8-4): The Bulldogs had been ranked really loftily for a couple weeks, but the Egg Bowl takes care of that. Probably ends MSU’s chances of reaching the Citrus Bowl. No. 15 UCF (11-0) 49, USF (9-2) 42: Knights host Memphis for the AAC title (in some conferences, the higher-ranked team hosts) and a trip to a New Year’s Six bowl after winning THE BEST GAME OF 2017 SO FAR. Should have some impact Games between teams that’ll finish .500-plus, meaning the winner gains a solid W and/or games with considerable postseason stakes. No. 10 Penn State (9-2) at Maryland (4-7): Only up here because Penn State can just about assure itself of an NY6 game by avoiding a loss. No. 12 TCU (10-2) 45, Baylor (1-11) 22: Frogs clinch a Big 12 Championship bid. Texas A&M (7-4) at No. 18 LSU (8-3): No NY6 stakes, but the Tigers could finish No. 15 or so in Year 1 for Ed Orgeron. Meanwhile, Kevin Sumlin’s reportedly being fired, as is tradition for this game. East Carolina (3-8) at No. 20 Memphis (9-1): A loss here would put a potential NY6 trip in doubt, so don’t do that! No. 23 Boise State (9-2) at Fresno State (8-3): A rematch [...]

The USF vs. UCF live blog: Knights outlast archrivals in the best game of 2017 so far


The War on I-4 delivered. Fourth quarter UCF 49, USF 42, :39. While the Bulls were driving, Mitchell Wilcox caught a pass and turned to run, but Richie Grant punched it loose, and Shaquem Griffin pounced on it. That’ll be your final score. Knights win the AAC East and will host Memphis next weekend, with a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl on the line. USF piled up 653 yards to UCF’s 543, with Quinton Flowers a school-record 605 total yards, but the Knights took better advantage of their opportunities overall. This was the best game of the year so far, and I’ll add a full highlight video as soon as one’s available. UCF 49, USF 42, 1:28. Lmao UCF’s Mike Hughes just ran back the kickoff. UCF 42, USF 42, 1:41. An 83-yard TD from Quinton Flowers to a WIDE-OPEN Darnell Salomon put the Bulls in position to tie, and Flowers found an equally wide-open D’Ernest Johnson for the two-pointer. So yeah! UCF running in that TD on the previous drive was a bad idea! UCF 42, USF 34, 2:21. A screen to Otis Anderson turned into a winding, 23-yard touchdown, and this is still just a one-score game. UCF probably should’ve kneeled after the first down line and killed more clock, but points are fun to score! UCF 35, USF 34, 4:03. Nine-play USF drive ends with a punt. Knights can just about ice the division. UCF 35, USF 34, 7:13. And just like that, McKenzie Milton completes two big passes, one a streaking 45-yarder to Dredrick Snelson to retake the lead. USF 34, UCF 28, 7:50. A game that was once totally frantic has stalled out for a while. Prepare for a silly finish. USF 34, UCF 28, 14:02. Couple punts! We’re taking another break from offense for a little bit. Third quarter USF 34, UCF 28, 3:41. One UCF play, one INT by USF. Guess which Bull ran in the TD via juke right after that? Quinton Flowers is now up to 459 total yards and four total TDs. UCF 28, USF 27, 4:42. The Quinton Flowers and Darius Tice show on that 11-play drive. Flowers is up to 429 total yards, and ... Defensive linemen have to despise Quinton Flowers, this is so much running by fat dudes to just catch one guy— BUM CHILLUPS (@edsbs) November 24, 2017 Look, you may take your job seriously but you probably don’t make it look like a dang art form like this person drying a basketball court. During a FIBA World Cup qualifying game between Egypt and the Democratic Republic of Congo, this masterful staff member dried the court. But instead of just walking to the wet spot, wiping it down a little, and returning to the sidelines like it was no thing, they put on a show. This move is so impressive that it deserves either a panel of judges ranking the acrobatics or a crowd who isn’t attending the arena for the basketball game, but solely for this person’s moves. And since this has not happened yet, I will take it upon myself to rate this performance: Technique: 10/10 If you start off with a flip onto the court, you automatically get a perfect ten. There’s no disputing this. Think about what could’ve gone wrong. This person is holding a a dry towel on a basketball court with sweat. That still doesn’t stop him from pulling off this front flip by resting his hands on the towel while he’s upside-down. This is incredible Form: 10/10 One would think the flip would be enough but not for this FIBA staffer. He then hops every wipe. The hops almost resemble tiny frog leaps for that additional arm extension. And there’s little to no break between jumps either. This is 100 percent dedication 100 percent of the time. Performance 10/10 Have you ever done such a good job that you smack the work of art you just created? No? Well, this person has and we should all aspire to achieve this. The next time you create an intricate spreadsheet in the office or finish an illustration, grab that piece of paper and embrace it. That’s how you know you’re really proud of what you’ve done. (Although I wouldn't recommend doing this if the work is on a computer screen. Please don’t damage your computer.) Egypt would win this game [...]

Virginia Tech vs. Virginia live stream: Start time, how to watch Commonwealth Cup game online



UVA head coach Bronco Mendenhall seems to be committing to the Cavaliers for the long term.

The Battle for Virginia is finally here, and the regular season finale matchup between the No. 25 Virginia Tech Hokies and the Virginia Cavaliers is set for Friday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN (live stream).

It’s been some years since Virginia football was in the national discussion for postseason honors and team potential. With Bronco Mendenhall at the helm, that’s starting to change. Now that the head coach has seemingly confirmed his allegiance to the Cavaliers — at least in terms of remaining the head coach — the team can continue to improve over the offseason, and maybe see themselves as part of the CFP top 25 next year.

Time, TV channel, and streaming info

  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • Location: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Va.
  • TV: ESPN
  • Streaming: WatchESPN
  • Odds: Virginia Tech is a 7-point favorite.

Virginia Tech vs. Virginia news:

You could make the case that Greg Stroman has been the most consistent DB, and he undercut a corner route to make a HUGE play for a struggling team. It’s only fitting that a play of that magnitude happened on senior day.

“That job came open a number of years ago, and there will be rumors that are accurate that I was a finalist or the short list and that I was contacted...I’ve moved on since then.”

Virginia Tech vs. Virginia prediction:

The Hokies have too many weapons for Virginia to claim the upset, especially coming off a win that bumped Virginia Tech into the CFP top-25. The Cavaliers may be on the upswing, but against their in-state rivals, they head home with a loss.