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ESPN’s Vitale will not return to booth this season

Beloved ESPN College Basketball Analyst Dickie V will not call any more games this season, he announced. He was diagnosed with dysplasia in the vocal cords and was ordered to rest as well as season-ending surgery. “Dickie V” is planning on returning next season following a lymphoma diagnosis in October, saying “I will continue to provide updates as I go along, and I am firm in my belief that I will win this battle and be back doing what I love—calling games at courtside next season,” he said. “In the meantime, I will enjoy all the great games from my living room and savor the love of my marvelous family. Thank you all.”

On Wednesday, Louisville announced the firing of head basketball coach Chris Mack. Following an NCAA Tournament-caliber regular season in 2019-2020, the former Xavier coach had the Cardinals at 24-7, before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. Louisville struggled after that season, including this season when they dropped to 11-9 following a loss to Virginia on Monday.

Arkansas signees Nick Smith and Jordan Walsh joined many top 2022 basketball prospects in being named to the 2022 McDonald’s All-American game. While COVID-19 has cancelled the game in 2020 and 2021, the game is scheduled for March 29 in Chicago.

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2021-2022 cbhsports College Basketball Weekend Preview (1/21-1/23)

AP Top 6
1.Gonzaga 14-2 (3-0)
2.Auburn 16-1 (5-0)
3.Arizona 14-1 (4-0)
4.Purdue 14-2 (4-2)
5.Baylor 15-2 (3-2)
6.Duke 14-2 (4-1)

Key games this weekend (Rankings based off of AP Poll)
14.Michigan State at. 8.Wisconsin (Friday, 9 PM ET, FS1)
12.Kentucky at. 2.Auburn (Saturday, 1 PM ET, CBS)
13.LSU at. 24.Tennessee (Saturday, 6 PM ET, ESPN)

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2021-2022 cbhsports College Basketball Weekend Preview (1/14-1/16)

AP Top 6
1.Baylor 15-1 (3-1)
2.Gonzaga 12-2 (1-0)
3.UCLA 10-1 (2-0)
4.Auburn 15-1 (4-0)
5.USC 13-1 (3-1)
6.Arizona 13-1 (2-0)

Key games this weekend (Rankings based off of AP Poll)
22.Tennessee at. 17.Kentucky (Saturday, 1 PM ET, ESPN)
A key SEC battle. The winner of this game should look good after the first four games in SEC play. Projected Score: Kentucky 77, Tennessee 73
21.Texas at. 15.Iowa State (Saturday, 2 PM ET, ESPN+)
Iowa State looks to bounce back after a loss to Kansas as they host Texas. Texas needs to be more consistent and need to start a run. Projected Score: Texas 78, Iowa State 77
Oregon at. 16.USC (Saturday, 11 PM ET, FS1)
USC should bounce back just fine following their first loss of the season. Projected Score: USC 83, Oregon 77

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2021-2022 cbhsports College Basketball Weekend Preview (1/7-1/9)

AP Top 6
1.Baylor 13-0 (1-0)
2.Duke 11-1 (1-0)
3.Purdue 12-1 (1-1)
4.Gonzaga 11-2 (0-0)
5.UCLA 8-1 (1-0)
6.Kansas 11-1 (1-0)

Key games this weekend (Rankings based off of AP Poll)
8.Arizona at. Arizona State (Saturday, TBD, TBD)
Despite losing top scorer James Akinjo, Arizona has looked good except in the loss to Tennessee. Projected Score: Arizona 84, Arizona State 72
Wichita State at. 12.Houston (Saturday, TBD, TBD)
Houston should win this one. Projected Score: Houston 76, Wichita State 70
19.Michigan State at. Michigan (Saturday, 2:30 PM ET, TBD)
Michigan State and Michigan could both be tournament teams. A win for either team would be a huge resume builder. Projected Score: Michigan State 87, Michigan 81
18.Tennessee at. 21.LSU (Saturday, 6 PM ET, TBD)
In the top SEC battle of the weekend, efficient shooting teams Tennessee and LSU match up. Projected Score: LSU 75, Tennessee 72

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2021-2022 Arkansas Football Season Review

This Arkansas team has been its best since at least the 2011 campaign where it made the Cotton Bowl and beat Kansas State. The year prior it was even better and was seen as one of the top three teams in the country by much of the media before falling to Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl. But, since Bobby Petrino’s firing

Schedule Review:

September 4
Arkansas 38, Rice 17 (Fayetteville)
Despite falling behind 10-7 at half and 17-7 in the third quarter, the rushing attack led by QB KJ Jefferson picked up the first win of 2021 for the hogs.

September 11
Arkansas 40, Texas 21 (Fayetteville)
In an absolute sold out Razorback Stadium, Arkansas dominated Texas led again by the rushing attack. QB KJ Jefferson and running backs Trelon Smith, Raheim Sanders, and Dominique Johnson all got involved in a huge program defining win for Sam Pittman.

September 18
Arkansas 45, Georgia Southern 10 (Fayetteville)
Arkansas proved that they had an aerial attack in a dominant win over Georgia Southern. Potential first round pick receiver Treylon Burks finally scored his first touchdown of the season and KJ Jefferson proved he could be a passer downfield.

September 25
Arkansas 20, Texas A&M 10 (Arlington)
The Razorbacks broke a nine game losing streak to Texas A&M in Jerry World. The Hogs used first half scores from Treylon Burks and AJ Green to propel themselves to a 4-0 record entering the toughest stretch of the season.

October 2
Georgia 37, Arkansas 0 (Athens)
Following College GameDay’s first appearance at an Arkansas game in sometime, Georgia, the team that would go on to be the number one ranked team in the country for much of the season, humbled an Arkansas team that was ranked number eight in the AP Poll.

October 9
Ole Miss 52, Arkansas 51 (Oxford)
In easily the most exciting game of the year, QBs Matt Corrall (Ole Miss) and KJ Jefferson absolutely battled it out. It came down to the last play of the game where the hogs were down 52-45. Jefferson threw it to receiver turned tight end Trey Knox to get the score within one before a failed two point attempt to potentially win the game. This game was also the most heartbreaking.

October 16
Auburn 38, Arkansas 21 (Auburn)
Easily Arkansas most disappointing loss came on homecoming to Auburn. Despite another terribly officiated game against the tigers, Arkansas led 21-17 in the third quarter. The hogs did not score a point after that and allowed for then Auburn QB Bo Nix to have a career day.

October 23
Arkansas 45, UAPB 3 (Little Rock)
In the annual game in Little Rock, Arkansas used a dominant first half from receiver Treylon Burks to dominate instate opponent UAPB. The Hogs scored no points in the second half with all second stringers as backup QB Malik Hornsby struggled mightily.

November 6
Arkansas 31, Mississippi State 28 (Fayetteville)
Arkansas got out to leads in the first half and third quarter and needed multiple field goal misses by kicker Nolan McCord to beat the Bulldogs, who were led by a terrific day by QB Will Rogers. Following a terrific two minute drill led by KJ Jefferson that ended in a Dominique Johnson touchdown, Mississippi State’s McCord missed a potential game tying field goal in the final seconds.

November 13
Arkansas 16, LSU 13 (Baton Rouge)
Arkansas struggled in the first half against an LSU team that had nothing to use with head coach Ed Oregeron headed out. Jefferson had a good enough second half to propel the hogs into overtime before an interception by All-SEC CB Montaric Brown and a presumptive Cam Little game-winning field goal.

November 20
Alabama 42, Arkansas 35 (Tuscaloosa)
Arkansas came the closest it had to beating Alabama, which it did last in 2006. Treylon Burks had a phenomenal game (8 catches, 179 yards, 2 TDs) while playing hurt. Alabama QB Bryce Young had over 500 passing yards against a Jalen Catalon-less Arkansas secondary, which was what got them the win.

November 27
Arkansas 34, Missouri 17 (Fayetteville)
Arkansas dominated this game. Treylon Burks again had a phenomenal game and helped Arkansas reach its best regular season win total in some time.

January 1
Arkansas 24, Penn State 10 (Outback Bowl, Tampa)
Despite struggling in the first half, Arkansas’ defense shut out Penn State in the second half and again dominated using the running game en route to a victory over a Penn State team riddled with opt-outs. Arkansas was also without star receiver Burks and top pass-rusher Tre Williams due to preparations for the NFL Draft. KJ Jefferson, Domonique Johnson, Raheim Sanders, and Malik Hornsby gashed the Nittany Lions running the ball in the second half and senior defensive back Joe Foucha sealed the game when he intercepted Penn State QB Sean Clifford in the end zone.

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2021-2022 cbhsports College Basketball Weekend Preview (12/31-1/2)

AP Top 6
1.Baylor 12-0 (0-0)
2.Duke 11-1 (1-0)
3.Purdue 11-1 (1-1)
4.Gonzaga 11-2 (0-0)
5.UCLA 8-1 (1-0)
6.Kansas 10-1 (0-0)

Key games this weekend (Rankings based off of AP Poll) 
1.Baylor at. 8.Iowa State (Saturday, 2 PM ET, ESPNU)
Two Big 12 unbeatens collide in Ames. Projected Score: Baylor 80, Iowa State 72
22.Villanova at. 15.Seton Hall (Saturday, 2 PM ET, CBS)
An interesting Big East match up early in the conference season. Projected Score: Seton Hall 70, Villanova 66
9.Arizona at. 7.USC (Sunday, 5 PM ET, TBD)
Two of the top three Pac-12 squads square off in LA. Projected Score: Arizona 82, USC 80 (Now PPD)

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2022 Outback Bowl Preview: Arkansas-Penn State

21.Arkansas vs. Penn State
Outback Bowl
Raymond James Stadium (Tampa)
12 PM ET, ESPN/ESPN App
Opt-Outs: WR Treylon Burks (ARK), DE Tre Williams (ARK), WR Jahan Dotson (PSU), LT Rasheed Walker (PSU), DE Arnold Ebiketie (PSU), DT Derrick Tangelo (PSU), LB Ellis Brooks (PSU), LB Brandon Smith (PSU), S Jaquan Brisker

Arkansas (8-4, 4-4 SEC) and Penn State (7-5, 4-5 Big Ten) will square off on New Year’s Day at noon local time in the Tampa area. It will be the hogs first bowl appearance since 2016 while Penn State last made a bowl in 2019. Arkansas QB KJ Jefferson (25 TD, 3 INT) has developed as one of the best QBs in the SEC. Arkansas will be without its top two players in receiver Treylon Burks (11 TDs) who opted out and safety Jalen Catalon who has been out with a season ending injury since October. Jefferson will have to find other receivers including Warren Thompson, De’Vion Warren, Tyson Morris, and Ketron Jackson. Penn State redshirt senior QB Sean Clifford (20 TD, 6 INT) has been good but will be without his top pass catcher as well in Jahan Dotson (12 TDs). The Penn State running game, led by Keyvone Lee (495 yards, 2 TD), will need to get going without Dotson. In opt outs, Penn State loses a ton of its defensive production in defensive lineman Arnold Ebiketie (9.5 sacks, 52 pressures) and Derrick Tangelo (5.5 TFL, 2 sacks), safety Jaquon Brisker (38 tackles, 2 interceptions), and linebackers Ellis Brooks (team leading 100 tackles), Brandon Smith (second on team with 81 tackles). Outside of safety replacement Jaylen Brisker, there will be a big difference between the product on the field for the Penn State defense. Penn State loses a ton of its defensive production in defensive lineman Arnold Ebiketie (9.5 sacks, 52 pressures) and Derrick Tangelo (5.5 TFL, 2 sacks), safety Jaquon Brisker (38 tackles, 2 interceptions), and linebackers Ellis Brooks (team leading 100 tackles), Brandon Smith (second on team with 81 tackles). Outside of safety replacement Jaylen Brisker, there will be a big difference between the product on the field for the Penn State defense. Using their four talented running backs (Trelon Smith, Domonique Johnson, and Rocket Sanders) and dual threat KJ Jefferson, the Hogs offense will have to take advantage of the inexperienced Penn State defense. One last note we will look at is the common opponent between the Nittany Lions and Razorbacks. Arkansas lost to Auburn at home 38-23 while Penn State beat Auburn in Happy Valley, 28-20. That loss ended a three game losing streak for the Razorbacks and most questionable loss of the season while Penn State continued its successful play early in the year.

With Penn State’s inexperienced defense, the hogs need to establish the running game, like I said. If they do, they should win the game. Projected Score: Arkansas 27, Penn State 20

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2021-2022 cbhsports College Football Playoff, New Year’s Six Preview

Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl
10.Michigan State vs. 12.Pittsburgh
Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta)
Dec. 30, 7 PM ET, ESPN/ESPN App
Opt-Outs: RB Kenneth Walker (MSU), QB Kenny Pickett (PITT)
Despite major opt outs for both teams, the Peach Bowl should still be a fun one. Expect Nick Patti to step in for Pickett for Pittsburgh and Jordan Simmons to start in place of Kenneth Walker for the Spartans. Pittsburgh of course comes into this game as the ACC Champions and Michigan State finished third in one of the toughest divisions in college football, the Big Ten East. Michigan State usually relies on its running game with Walker and Jordan Simmons can give them some production but Michigan State will need somewhat of an aerial attack come Thursday. With Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi being Michigan State’s defensive coordinator from 2007-2014, there is a lot of familiarity between the two schools, with MSU leading the all time series a dominant 6-1. Projected Score: Michigan State 24, Pittsburgh 21

CFP Semifinal – Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
1.Alabama vs. 4.Cincinnati
AT&T Stadium (Arlington)
Dec. 31, 3:30 PM ET, ESPN/ESPN App
Opt-Outs:N/A
Alabama returns for its seventh College Football Playoff appearance despite an up and down season by its standards. The Tide will be without starting receiver Jerry Jeudy. The match up everyone will be looking forward to is watching Biletnikoff snub Jameson Williams versus Thorpe snub Sauce Gardner, who has not given up a touchdown all season. As Cincinnati is the first group of five team to make the CFP, it should be an interesting match up. But, it is not a match up Nick Saban is going to lose, despite a loss to Texas A&M, and close calls to LSU, Arkansas, and Auburn, to Cincinnati come New Year’s Eve. Projected Score: Alabama 55, Cincinnati 31

CFP Semifinal- Capital Orange Bowl
2.Michigan vs. 3.Georgia
Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens)
Dec. 31, 7:30 PM ET, ESPN/ESPN App
Opt-Outs:N/A
Michigan has used its run game (Hassan Haskins and returns Blake Corum from injury) to get to the playoff for the first time. The Wolverine’s lone loss is to rival Michigan State, but they got their first win over Ohio State in sixteen tries. On the other side, Georgia was the most dominant team in the country most of the season, holding the number one ranking until getting defeated by Alabama yet again in the SEC Championship. QB Stetson Bennett threw two interceptions in the game, continuing to make Georgia fans wonder if proficient passer JT Daniels is the better option, who has recently cleared COVID-19 protocols. It should definitely be believed that this will be the better game of the two semifinals as two tough defenses collide in South Beach. Projected Score: Georgia 28, Michigan 24

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
5.Notre Dame vs. 9.Oklahoma State
Statefarm Stadium (Glendale, AZ)
Jan. 1, 1 PM ET, ESPN/ESPN App
Opt-Outs:
Oklahoma State was literally inches from a potential College Football Playoff Appearance, which would have been their first in program history. But, Baylor defense stopped Oklahoma State at the one yard line and became Big 12 champions. Notre Dame was without a head coach for a few days following Brian Kelly’s departure to LSU. The Fighting Irish tabbed defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman its next head coach. Under Freeman’s leadership, much is anticipated as many of Notre Dame’s players vouched for his hiring. Projected Score: Notre Dame 31, Oklahoma State 24

Rose Bowl Game
6.Ohio State vs. 11.Utah
Rose Bowl Stadium (Pasadena)
Jan. 1, 5 PM ET, ESPN/ESPN App
Opt-Outs:WR Chris Olave (OSU), WR Garrett Wilson (OSU), DE Haskell Garrett (OSU), LT Nicholas Petit-Frere (OSU)
Utah has a tough team that easily beat runner-up Oregon en route to a Pac-12 championship. Ohio State will be without two thirds of its talented receiving core but will still have Jaxon Smith-Njigba. The combination of QB CJ Stroud and running back TreVeyon Henderson will determine this game. Utah’s defense has been better than Ohio State’s and it could be the difference in the game. Projected Score: Utah 28, Ohio State 21

Allstate Sugar Bowl
6.Baylor vs. 7.Ole Miss
Caesars Superdome (New Orleans)
Jan. 1, 8:45 PM ET, ESPN/ESPN App
Opt-Outs:N/A
Let’s just say it. Ole Miss QB Matt Corral has been phenomenal this season. He is far removed from his six interception performance against Arkansas. Also, give huge credit to Lane Kiffin’s defense on improving and giving them a chance to even make a New Year’s Six game. Baylor QB Gerry Bohanon has been phenomenal this season along with the Baylor’s defense. Matt Corral and the Ole Miss offense is the difference. Projected Score: Ole Miss 38, Baylor 27

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What a 12-team playoff would look like in college football in 2021-2022

The format (this is the way cbssports would do it)
The top six conference champions get automatic bids to the playoff with the top four getting byes into the quarterfinals. The top four seeds that get byes and the rest of the field is seeded based on the final CFP poll. The first round is played on campus at the higher seed’s stadium and the quarterfinals are played at bowl sites. The CFP semis and championship would be played the same as it is normally played.

Bracket:

First Round (December 18, 2021)
Oxford
8.Ole Miss
9.Oklahoma State

Athens
5.Georgia
12.Pittsburgh

South Bend
6.Notre Dame
11.Utah

Columbus
7.Ohio State
10.Michigan State

Quarterfinals (December 23-December 24, 2021)
1.Alabama
8.Ole Miss/9.Oklahoma State

4.Baylor
5.Georgia/12.Pittsburgh

3.Cincinnati
6.Notre Dame/11.Utah

2.Michigan
7.Ohio State/10.Michigan State

Semifinals (December 31, 2021)
Cotton Bowl
TBD vs. TBD
Orange Bowl
TBD vs. TBD

National Championship (January 10, 2021)
TBD vs. TBD

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Likely first rounder Burks headed to NFL, opts out of Outback Bowl

Arkansas junior wide receiver Treylon Burks announced via his instagram page his intentions to forgo his senior season and enter the 2022 NFL Draft. Burks also said he would be opting out of Arkansas’ Outback Bowl versus Penn State on January 1, 2022. Burks left the hogs with this message: “I may be leaving the state, but Arkansas will always be home and I will never stop calling those Hogs.”

The Hogs will replace the production with former Oklahoma transfer Jadon Haselwood, returners Warren Thompson and Ketron Jackson, as well as incoming freshmen Isaiah Sategna and Quincey McAdoo.

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2021-2022 cbhsports College Football Playoff: Who is making it to the CFP?

My predictions:

1.Alabama (12-1)
Even with how human Alabama looked this season, with a loss to Texas A&M and close calls against Arkansas and LSU, QB Bryce Young has been the best player in the country, likely en route to a Heisman trophy in a few weeks. Alabama’s offensive line was up for the task against a Georgia defense only giving up less than 7 points a game in a 41-24 route. As Michigan moved up to two because of a win over then number two ranked Ohio State, a win over number one ranked Georgia should move them up enough.

2.Michigan (12-1)
The Big Ten Champions ran there way to a successful season, led by backs Hassan Haskins and Blake Corum. Potential top pick in the NFL Draft (DE) Aidan Hutchinson starred for the Wolverine defense and led them to a win over Ohio State with 3 sacks.

3.Georgia (12-1)
The second to last undefeated team in the country was absolutely beaten up by Alabama yet again. One thing many questioned was why QB Stetson Bennett was kept in, in favor of terrific downfield passer JT Daniels. Georgia’s defense gave up 41 points to Alabama, more than they had the entire month of October (30), but should still be confident in it with a potential match up with Michigan who relies mainly on their run game which Georgia absolutely shuts down.

4.Cincinnati (13-0)
The last team into the playoff should be the first “group of 5” team into the playoff with an unbeaten regular season and American Athletic championship to top it off. A potential match up with Alabama or Michigan looms for experienced QB Desmond Ridder and head coach Luke Fickell.

Potential semifinals:

December 31

Orange Bowl (Miami Gardens, FL)
1.Alabama
4.Cincinnati

Cotton Bowl (Arlington, TX)
2.Michigan
3.Georgia

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2021-2022 cbhsports College Football 12/3-12/4 Preview

CFP Top 6
1.Georgia 12-0 (8-0) Next Week: 2.Alabama (Atlanta)
2.Michigan 11-1 (8-1) Next Week: 16.Iowa (Indianapolis)
3.Alabama 11-1 (7-1) Next Week: 1.Georgia (Atlanta)
4.Cincinnati 12-0 (8-0) Next Week: 21.Houston
5.Oklahoma State 12-1 (8-1) Next Week: 9.Baylor (Arlington)
6.Notre Dame 11-1 (0-0) Next Week: N/A

Key games this weekend (Rankings based off of CFP Poll)

Pac-12 Championship
17.Utah vs. 10.Oregon (Las Vegas) (Friday, 8 PM ET, ABC)
Oregon was absolutely humiliated by Utah in Salt Lake City two weeks ago. Can QB Anthony Brown and potential top pick Kayvon Thibodeaux (a DE) win in Las Vegas despite having no chance at a second CFP berth? Utah’s ground attack and defense were not handled well by Oregon’s defense, even as talented as it is. The game should definitely be closer than the first. Projected Score: Utah 34, Oregon 20

Big 12 Championship
5.Oklahoma State vs. 9.Baylor (Arlington) (Saturday, 12 PM ET, ABC)
Oklahoma State defeated Oklahoma in the Bedlam game for the first time since 2014 and thus rides in with tons of momentum. QB Spencer Sanders has continued to progress over the season as well as a very underrated season. Baylor QB Gerry Bohanon has been the catalyst for Baylor’s success this season as well as its defense keeping the Bears in games. It should be a fun one from Jerry World. Projected Score: Oklahoma State 38, Baylor 28

American Athletic Championship
21.Houston at. 4.Cincinnati (Saturday, 4 PM ET, ABC)
A win for Cincinnati will put them in the College Football Playoff. Houston poses a lot of challenges offensively for Cincinnati so Bearcat QB Desmond Ridder will have to be phenomenal to win this game. Projected Score: Cincinnati 31, Houston 28

SEC Championship
1.Georgia vs. 3.Alabama (Atlanta) (Saturday, 4 PM ET, CBS)
Alabama has struggled the last three weeks with wins over LSU (by 6), Arkansas (by 7), and Auburn (by 2 in 4OT), so everything suggests that the most dominant defensive team in the country will dominate this game and former Nick Saban assistant Kirby Smart finally defeating his mentor. But, history gives Saban and Alabama more than just a slim chance to win. If Georgia’s offense, led by QB Stetson Bennett and RBs James Cook can sustain enough offense, things look good for the ‘Dogs. Likely Heisman finalist and Alabama QB Bryce Young and receiver Jamison Williams will not let this one get out of proportion early. Projected Score: Georgia 35, Alabama 20

ACC Championship
15.Pittsburgh vs. 16.Wake Forest (Charlotte) (Saturday, 8 PM ET, ABC)
The QB battle between Pitt’s Kenny Pickett and Wake’s Sam Hartman will headline the first ACC Championship without Clemson in some time. Expectations of a shootout are definitely realistic as two of the top ACC offenses battle. Projected Score: Pittsburgh 45, Wake Forest 38

Big Ten Championship
16.Iowa vs. 2.Michigan (Indianapolis) (Saturday, 8 PM ET, FOX)
With Wisconsin’s loss to Minnesota, Iowa got the pleasure of winning the Big Ten west. Red-hot Michigan won the Big Ten east by defeating Ohio State. If Iowa cannot handle Michigan’s running game led by Hassan Haskins, expect a Michigan win. Projected Score: Michigan 38, Iowa 21

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LSU tabs ND’s Kelly next head man

LSU named Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly its next head coach on Monday night. Kelly is Notre Dame’s all-time wins leader and got a 10-year, $95 million contract. Kelly will have big shoes to fill in Baton Rouge as the previous three coaches won national titles.

A consensus top 5 player in the 2023 class, QB Malachi Nelson committed to USC. Nelson decommitted from Oklahoma following Lincoln Riley’s departure to USC and will likely lead a plethora of Oklahoma flips headed to LA.

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USC, Florida name new coaches

The Florida and USC football programs announced new head coaches on the Sunday following Thanksgiving.

This morning, Florida named Louisiana head coach Billy Napier its next head coach. Napier does plan to coach the Ragin Cajuns in the Sun Belt championship versus Appalachian State on Saturday. He had interest from LSU and Virginia Tech during the cycle and has coached at Alabama under Nick Saban and Clemson under Dabo Swinney. He becomes the fourth head coach in Gainesville since 2014.

This afternoon, Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley accepted the USC head coaching position according to multiple reports. He replaces Clay Helton, who posted a 46-24 record in seven seasons at the helm. Riley went 55-10 and 37-7 in the Big 12. It is a huge blow to the Sooners, who will look have a vacancy for the first time since replacing retired legend Bob Stoops. Stoops said last night he would pass up the open LSU job before the news this afternoon.

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2021-2022 cbhsports College Football 11/25-11/27 Preview

CFP Top 6
1.Georgia 11-0 (8-0) Next Week: at.Georgia Tech
2.Ohio State 10-1 (8-0) Next Week: at.5.Michigan
3.Alabama 10-1 (6-1) Next Week: at.Auburn
4.Cincinnati 11-0 (7-0) Next Week: at.East Carolina
5.Michigan 10-1 (7-1) Next Week: 3.Ohio State
6.Notre Dame 10-1 (0-0) Next Week: at.Stanford

Key games this weekend (Rankings based off of AP Poll)
8.Ole Miss at. Mississippi State (Thursday, 7:30 PM ET, ESPN)
The second edition of the Kiffin-Leach battle in the Egg Bowl takes center stage on Thanksgiving night. Ole Miss QB Matt Corral and Mississippi State QB Will Rogers will duel in what should be one of the best games of the year and a shootout. Projected Score: Ole Miss 49, Mississippi State 45

Missouri at. 25.Arkansas (Friday, 3:3o PM ET, CBS)
Arkansas was a touchdown away from overtime against Alabama on Saturday. The combination of QB KJ Jefferson and receiver Treylon Burks was working all day for the hogs. Since safety Jalen Catalon went out for the season due to a broken ankle, the Arkansas secondary has been terrible, as they gave up 561 passing yards to Alabama QB Bryce Young. But, they have another chance to rite the ship against a talented Missouri offense, led by QB Connor Bazelak and tremendous running back Tyler Badie. The key for the Razorback defense is going to be to stop the running back, so then allowing passes down the field will not be as much of an issue. Either way, both teams are bowl bound come December. Projected Score: Arkansas 49, Missouri 31

2.Ohio State at. 5.Michigan (Saturday, 12 PM ET, FOX)
In the game that will decide the Big Ten East, Michigan looks to finally beat Ohio State again. It will be tough, as Heisman favorite CJ Stroud has quarterbacked Ohio State as well as any team in the country over the last few weeks including a phenomenal showing against Michigan State last week. The winner of this one will likely play Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship come December 4. Projected Score: Ohio State 59, Michigan 38

3.Alabama at. Auburn (Saturday, 3:30 PM ET, CBS)
Alabama has struggled defensively in close calls the last two weeks against LSU and Arkansas but in last week’s game, Alabama QB Bryce Young lit up the Arkansas secondary with 561 yards passing. I expect Alabama to dominate this game. Projected Score: Alabama 45, Auburn 28

10.Oklahoma at. 7.Oklahoma State (Saturday, 7:30 PM ET, CBS)
In a crucial Big 12 match up, Bedlam takes center stage. Oklahoma State has not had much success the last few years in this series but definitely comes into the game as clear favorites. If Oklahoma’s offense can get going, however, Oklahoma will again head to Jerry’s World, likely as a bettor’s favorite to win a seventh consecutive Big 12 title. Projected Score: Oklahoma State 38, Oklahoma 35