It is the season of Holidays and bowl games. These games wrapped up a thrilling season and were the biggest bowl games of the 2016-2017 College football season.
Ohio State vs Clemson- No. 2 seed Clemson triumphed No. 3 seed Ohio State, 31-0. Clemson clinched their ticket to the National Championship, and a rematch versus Alabama. This will be the first time two teams will play for the championship two years in a row. Ohio State who didn’t win their conference, nor did they beat the team who won their conference, was absolutely exposed.
Clemson’s defensive line was far too much for Ohio States offensive line, and the pressure was far too big for Ohio States Kicker missing two field goals that would have slowed Clemson’s momentum. At half Clemson lead 17-0 showing no sign of letting up. To many college football fans, seeing Ohio State shutout was unusual. Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer has never been shutout in a college football game. Clemson blanked Ohio State 31-0.
Clemson only allowed 88 rushing yards, and 215 total yards. Clemson more than doubled their total yards, and won the turnover battle. My prediction was the Clemson would win 28-17.
Washington vs Alabama- No.1 seed Alabama tops No.4 Washington, 24-7. Alabama will be seeing Clemson again in the National Championship. Alabama was all business and looks to get their second straight National Championship.
In the first quarter, Jake Browning connected with Dante Pettis for an early lead for the Dawgs. That didn’t faze Alabama, who has trailed in the first quarter in their last three games. Although Alabama’s defense gave up that early touchdown, they had a dominating performance. This defense is being considered as one of Alabama’s best all time. Alabama got their 11th defensive touchdown this game coming off a pick-six by Ryan Anderson. That gave Alabama a 17-7 lead going into half. Although the score doesn’t show it, Washington’s Defense came to play. The Huskies held Alabama’s offense (without Scarborough) to 150 yards total and forced 8 punts. Except for Alabama’s big No. 9 Bo Scarborough, he rushed for 180 yards on 19 carries.
Alabama struggled to throw the ball against the dangerous Washington secondary, only throwing for 57 yards. Washington threw for 150 yards. Alabama rushed for 269 yards, and Washington ran for 44 yards. Washington had 3 turnovers to Alabama’s 0. I predicted Alabama to win 28-0.
USC vs Penn State- It’s un arguable that these were the two hottest teams in college football. No.9 USC topped No.5 Penn State 52-49. After starting 1-3, USC flipped their season winning 9 consecutive games, finishing 10-3. Penn State finished 11-3. Earlier in the season USC beat No. 4 ranked Washington and Penn State beat No.3 ranked Ohio State, and won their conference, but Ohio State was still selected to play in the college football playoffs.
Penn States first possession of the game ended in an interception, leading to USC missing a field goal. Penn States next possession lead to another interception. At this point I thought USC could run with the game, but they missed another field goal. USC should have lead 21-0 at the end of the first but were only up 13-0. Penn State woke up in the second quarter and went into halftime down 27-21. Coming out of Halftime it only took three plays for Penn State to score three touchdowns. With 1:20 left in the game USC tied it up at 49. Penn States McSorley threw his third interception of the game in their own territory, setting up USC’s kicker at his 3rd shot at a field goal. 3rd time was the charm for USC kicker Boermeester, he drilled the game winning field goal as time expired to give USC a 52-49 win.
This game was absolutely electrifying on the offensive end. USC had 575 total yards of offense, they threw for 453 yards and ran for 122 yards. Penn State 465 total yards, 254 passing yards pounding the ball on the ground for 211 yards. Penn state ended for 3 turn overs and USC finished with 1. My prediction was that USC would win 38-17.
Auburn vs Oklahoma- No. 7 Oklahoma rolled over No. 17 Auburn 35-19. Not much more could’ve gone worse for Auburn Monday night, they lost their final game of the season, and their quarterback got hurt. On the other sideline, Baker Mayfield was having a field day.
Going into half it was a real tight game, 14-13 Oklahoma, but with Auburn losing their quarterback who broke his arm on the first possession and played through it, that score didn’t stay close very long. Auburn brought in their back up and struggled to move the ball. Oklahoma moved the ball like no one was in front of them. Oklahoma’s running back Samaje Perine set the school’s all-time rushing record. Their quarterback Baker Mayfield set the all-time FBS record for single-season passing efficiency.
Oklahoma had a booming 524 yards, airing out 296 of those yards and pounding 228 on the ground. Auburn had 339 yards, 154 through the air, and 185 on the ground. Auburn turned the ball over once to Oklahoma’s 0. My prediction was that Oklahoma would win 28-24.
By Nate Kindell