This week's top 5 teams
Michigan Wallops Washington 34-13 to Win National Championship
The game never really seemed in doubt, although Washington had moments of momentum and kept the score within 7 points most of the game, the Michigan defense stole the show and the Wolverines walked away with a resounding 34-13 victory. The process of updating the Billingsley Encyclopedia will begin in the next few weeks and all of the files should be updated by early to mid March.
Washington and Michigan Will Play For Championship
Houston's NRG Stadium will host the 2023 National Championship Game Monday January 8. Washington and Michigan both qualified for the final in dramatic fashion. In the Rose Bowl Michigan topped the Tide in overtime 27-20 and in the Sugar Bowl Washington held off a furious Texas rally to nip the Longhorns 37-31. Billingsley's projection for the title game will be posted tomorrow.
Navy Comeback Falls Short
In one of the most dramatic finishes in the 124 year history of the series Navy fell inches short of the Army goal line as time ran out. After controlling the game for 4 quarters the Army defense was unable to stop the Midshipmen on their last drive until a powerful goal line stand on 4th down with inches to go. With 1 second on the clock the Black Knights took a safety and the game ended Army 17 Navy 11.
Nation Awaits CFP Rankings
The Championship Games are in the record books and chaos reigns in college football after Alabama defeated two time defending National Champ Georgia 27-24 Saturday afternoon. Three teams maneuvered their way through the 2023 regular season unbeaten and will no doubt finish #1,2,3 in some order, but the 4th place will be the hardest decision the playoff committee has ever had to make. Three teams, all 12-1, have a legitimate argument for the #4 position. The just released Billingsley Report shows Alabama rising to secure the final spot, edging out Georgia followed by Ohio State with Texas coming in at #7. The Longhorns certainly have a good claim considering they beat Alabama in Tuscaloosa in September, but the Horns later lost to arch rival Oklahoma and Alabama sailed on to 11 straight victories playing a more difficult schedule. Still, the CFP is known to place a lot of value to head to head competition so it's going to be interesting to see the final results scheduled to begin releasing ay 11 AM this morning CT. The Bowl matchups will be released throughout this afternoon.
Rivalry Weekend closes out Regular Season
Although the Army/Navy game officially closes the regular season, the Conference Championship Games are all set with the final piece of the puzzle falling into place this morning when the Mountain West announced Nevada-Las Vegas will host Boise State for the title crown. Friday night Liberty will host New Mexico State for the C-USA title while Oregon and Washington will play for the Pac 12 crown in Las Vegas. Saturday morning games find Texas and Oklahoma State battling for the Big 12 Title in Arlington along with Miami (Ohio) and Toledo squaring off in Detroit. Afternoon games include Boise State at Nevada-Las Vegas, Georgia and Alabama in Atlanta, SMU at Tulane, and Appalachian State at Troy. The night games are Michigan and Iowa in Indianapolis and Louisville and Florida State in Charlotte. The four teams selected for the CFP will be announced next Sunday morning. Expect some major surprises if Alabama beats Georgia or Iowa beats Michigan. Projections post Monday.
Washington Nips Oregon State 22-20
The much hyped game of the day out on the West Coast lived up to it's billing as Washington escaped a furious upset bid by Oregon State, finally prevailing 22-20. The Huskies forged a comfortable 22-10 lead at the half but the second half was all Beavers, pulling to within 2 points before Washington's defense stiffened just enough to seal the victory. Washington remained unbeaten at 11-0 and earned a spot in the Pac 12 Championship game. Around the Nation: Louisville beat Miami (Fla.) 38-31 to secure a spot in the ACC Championship game against Florida State. Iowa put together a late TD drive to down visiting Illinois 15-13 and won the Big 10 West Division. The Hawkeyes will meet the winner of the Ohio State/Michigan game Saturday for the Big 10 Crown. Oklahoma survived their first ever trip to Provo, Utah with a 31-24 squeaker over BYU sparked by a 100 yard pick six by the Sooner defense. Georgia inched closer to #1 Ohio State in this week's Billingsley Report with a 38-10 thrashing of Tennessee in Knoxville, and New Mexico State pulled a huge upset on the Plains at Auburn, surprising The Tigers 31-10. Projections post Monday.