Alabama, Michigan, Georgia and Cincinnati Make College Football Playoff


Kirby Smart, Georgia’s coach, signaled Sunday that he remained supportive of Stetson Bennett IV, who was 29 for 48 with two interceptions in opposition to Alabama.

“Obviously, we have to play better in a lot of areas, but to put any part of that blame, or all of that blame, on Stetson, there’s a lot more to it than that,” Smart mentioned. “We’ve got to play better around him. We’ve got to play better on special teams, defense and, really, all facets of the game.”

Cincinnati (13-0) skilled nowhere close to as a lot heartburn on Saturday, when it beat Houston, 35-20, within the American’s league championship sport. It had fastened a course for the playoff in October, when it went on the street and beat Notre Dame, 24-13.

The Bearcats have scored about 39 factors per sport and have averaged 429 yards of offense. The Cincinnati quarterback, Desmond Ridder, had a sport this yr during which he threw three landing passes, ran for a rating and caught a throw for an additional landing.

But the Cincinnati protection has been notably sturdy and has allowed a median of 4 yards per play this season. Cincinnati’s opponents have scored a complete of 25 touchdowns — the Bearcats have scored 70 — serving to Cincinnati to lock down the convention lead for fewest factors allowed per sport (16.1).

“We don’t want to think we’re carrying some flag for the non-big schools, so to speak,” Luke Fickell, Cincinnati’s coach, mentioned. “We just want to be us, and our guys have done an unbelievable job all year at kind of handling all of the different distractions and different things that we’ve kind of gone through with people trying to tell you how you need to play and what you need to do to have any chance.”

In addition to the semifinal matchups, the playoff committee additionally introduced pairings for 4 different main postseason video games.