OK, Saturday, take your best shot, because the Friday after Thanksgiving set a high bar.
It started with
The Hilltoppers won in overtime when they gambled on, and converted, a two-point conversion attempt.
Marshall, which plays a schedule weaker than camomile tea, had worked weeks to prove it belonged in the College Football Playoff ranking.
The Thundering Herd finally checked in at No. 24 this week, and now will check out.
The game produced 133 points, 74 first downs, 168 plays, 1,446 yards and a few snickers.
Attentions then turned to the Midwest, where
It was an esophageal blow to
Somewhere, in Bloomington, Ind.,
Missouri winning the East, for the second straight year, complicates the SEC playoff picture.
Ranked a distant No. 17, the Tigers have no reasonable chance of earning a spot in the four-team playoff. However, Missouri could probably keep the SEC out of the playoff with a win over the West winner, either No. 1
Instead of UCLA getting a chance to avenge its earlier home loss to Oregon, Oregon now gets a chance to avenge its earlier home loss to Arizona.
Add to death and taxes one more thing you can always count on: UCLA football coming up short in the first year of a new playoff system.
UCLA would have played for the first
This season, closing wins over
USC fans delighting in UCLA's misery were quickly reminded the Trojans would have won the South had they knocked down a Hail Mary pass against Arizona State.
Oh well, bring on
Saturday gets its chance to match Friday's action with a lineup of pivotal games with playoff implications.
Two games in the SEC West race, at Oxford, Miss., and Tuscaloosa, Ala., will determine the division champion. Alabama clinches if it defeats Auburn in the Iron Bowl, or Mississippi State loses to
The SEC disaster scenario is Alabama and Mississippi State both losing, which would cement an SEC title game pairing two-loss Alabama and two-loss Missouri.
Two other games of note:
•No. 3 Florida State hosts
•No. 2 Oregon travels to