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NCAA College Football Rivalry Week: What We All Learned

It looks like the College Football Playoff Committee knew what it was doing, placing Oklahoma and Iowa in last week’s top four seeds with Clemson and Alabama. All four teams held serve on Saturday, while Notre Dame lost to Stanford which ended any hope of them playing for a national title.

No matter how much we as fans complain about seedings and pairings when it comes to this sport, everything seems to work itself out. The reasons why one team may be chosen over another is always subjective and political, but you cannot argue the four left standing (and possibly Ohio State) have the greatest chance to prove the voters right in January.

Here are a few things we learned on Saturday…

AND MILES TO GO BEFORE HE LEAVES

We also learned that politics and college football are the foundation for which controversy is born. In the case of Les Miles and LSU, has there been a story that exemplifies this more? Miles, after a 19-7 win over Texas A&M on Saturday night, Tigers athletic director Joe Alleva said the embattled head coach would come back to the Bayou in 2016.

It was the right move. While there is a definite rift between coach and the athletic department at LSU, Miles is everything this program needs. After a week of controversy and speculation that Saturday would be the last time fans would see Miles on the sideline, it was determined the witch hunt of sorts would end and his job was safe.

For next season.

“The season’s complete, and I want to make it very clear and positive that Les Miles is our football coach and he will continue to be our football coach. I’m looking forward to working with Coach Miles as he leads this team to a bowl game and another great recruiting class,” Alleva said.

BUCKEYES WIN BIG

Weren’t we all ready to say Ohio State’s program was about to crumble following a loss to Michigan State last week?

A loss, a comment about the coaching staff by the star running back and some questions about the stability of the program was all it took for Urban Meyer to rally the troops in a 42-13 win over Michigan.

The victory doesn’t get the Buckeyes a spot in the Big 10 Title game, but it should get them a spot in the CFP rotation.’

It also gives Meyer bragging rights over Jim Harbaugh in the Michigan coach’s first season at Ann Arbor.

Ohio State’s 29-point win was its largest against Michigan in Ann Arbor since 1961.

OSU tailback Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 214 yards — including a 66-yard run — and two touchdowns. Quarterback J.T. Barrett rushed 19 times for 139 yards and three touchdowns.

Both announced earlier in the week amid the comments made by Elliott about the play calling in last week’s loss, they were leaving school for the NFL.

THE HEISMAN FOUR

I am probably going to anger a few fans when I say the four Heisman Trophy finalist should all come from the south, and it isn’t even close.

With his 159 yards rushing on Saturday night, Leonard Fournette put himself back in the discussion for college football’s greatest award, but how can anyone argue with the season Derrick Henry of Alabama has had?

While Fournette started strong and looked to be the runaway winner after six weeks into the season, Henry has been gradually building a case and is on maximum overdrive right now. The junior tailback had 271 yards and a touchdown in the 29-13 win over Auburn and should have cemented his case for the hardware. He and Fournette have been the two best backs in the game this season, with Dalvin Cook of FSU also proving he is every bit as solid as the SEC powerbacks.

Cook has 183 yards rushing and two touchdowns against a good Florida defense in the 27-2 win.

The fourth player in the Heisman hype has to be Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, who has engineered the Tigers to a 12-0 season, the Number ranking in the CFP and has carried the Tigers offense on his own at times this season.

Watson helped his team to a 37-32 win on Saturday, keeping the team undefeated and with the ACC Title game to be played next week, he could make a statement for the running backs to split the vote so he can win the award.

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