Highlights of Rivalry Week

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Kendrick Rogers made big catch after big catch in Texas A&M’s win over LSU. (Photo courtesy: Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Washington State loses the Apple Cup again

For the third straight year Washington State was going into the Apple Cup with a chance to represent the Pac-12 North in the conference title game, and for the third straight year they looked overwhelmed by their rivals Washington. Now this year the Cougars defense was able to keep them more in the game than in past years, but snowy weather combined with a very deep Washington secondary caused Gardner Minshew and the Cougars offense a lot of issues as they fell 28-15 and will now have to wait on their bowl fate as their rivals will play for a spot in the Rose Bowl.

Oklahoma wins shootout with West Virginia

This game had a record over/under set for it and it still wasn’t high enough as Oklahoma traveled to Morgantown in a battle for the right to play Texas in the Big-12 title game. The Sooners defense was torched as usual for 56 points as Will Grier and his receivers did pretty much whatever they wanted, but Oklahoma scored two defensive touchdowns and used a really balanced offensive attack to find a way to pull out a 59-56 win and they’ll now get a rematch with Texas, who is the only team to beat them this season, in the conference title game.

McKenzie Milton suffers a serious injury

UCF finished off their second straight undefeated regular season on Friday when they beat their rivals USF 38-10, but the win came with a huge price to pay as they lost star quarterback McKenzie Milton to what appeared to be a serious leg injury. The injury was so gruesome they wouldn’t even show the replay on TV. If UCF is able to win the AAC title game, it’ll be a tall task for them to be able to go and win a New Year’s Six Bowl like they did last season.

Ohio State rolls Michigan

The Ohio State defense had really been struggling and then their hated rivals Michigan came to their house with their College Football Playoff hopes still alive. Ohio State got off to a fast start, but Michigan scored 13 points in six seconds near the end of the second quarter and it looked like we were going to have a game and then the second half happened, where Ohio State blew things open and went on to win 62-39. Ohio State now appears to be a serious contender for the College Football Playoff and they have a date with Northwestern next week in the Big Ten title game to try and make another statement.

Appalachian State beats Troy

Appalachian State and Troy were battling for the right to represent the Sun Belt East in the conference title game and Appalachian State took care of business, jumping out to a 21-0 lead before giving up 10 unanswered to Troy, but holding on to win 21-10. Appalachian State will be hosting the Sun Belt title game next week against Louisiana.

Arizona State comes back to beat Arizona

Arizona was trying to become bowl eligible by winning the Territorial Cup and it looked like they were going to do so when they took a 40-21 lead with 2:44 left in the third quarter on a Tony Ellison TD catch from Khalil Tate, and then the fourth quarter happened. The Wildcats were outscored 20-0 in the fourth quarter and the Sun Devils went on to win 41-40. The comeback was finished off by a 22-yard TD run by Eno Benjamin. This was one of the better games of rivalry week.

Kalija Lipscomb had one of the catches of the year

The Vanderbilt receiver pulled in an amazing catch as Vanderbilt beat their in-state rivals Tennessee to become bowl-eligible.

LSU and Texas A&M go seven overtimes

Arizona and Arizona State was looking like the game of the week and then this game happened. This game ended regulation with a score of 31-31 after Kellen Mond hit Quartney Davis as time expired to tie the game. Each team went on to score at least 40 more points before we finally had a winner. Kellen Mond accounted for 7 touchdowns and threw the game-winning two-point conversion to Kendrick Rogers. This wasn’t just the game of the week but it was the game of the year and it was crazy to see the teams match each other for six straight overtime periods.

Notre Dame gets the first CFP spot

USC should’ve been no match for Notre Dame, but it was a rivalry game and USC was fighting to become bowl-eligible and Notre Dame was trying to finish off an undefeated regular season, which is never easy no matter who you’re playing. The Trojans jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but Notre Dame got a TD before halftime to cut it to a 10-7 USC lead going into halftime and then Notre Dame would go on to outscore USC 17-7 in the second half and their spot in the College Football Playoff was all but clinched on a Tony Jones Jr. 51-yard touchdown catch with just over three minutes to go. USC would tack on a TD with under one minute left, but Notre Dame recovered the onside kick and got out of L.A. with a win to finish undefeated

Boise State beats Utah State

In what was the game of the regular season in the Mountain West, Boise State and Utah State were playing for the right to host Fresno State in the Mountain West title game. Brett Rypien was very good, throwing for over 300 yards, but the Broncos were lead by Alex Mattison, who ran for exactly 200 yards and three touchdowns. Boise State was able to score points when they needed them most on their way to a 33-24 win and now they’ll be hosting the Mountain West title game against Fresno State.

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