By Marc Lawrence — College Football Week 9 is in the books. After every week fans can take away things from what happened on the field. Here are things from College Football Week 9 … D.J. Uiagalelei is a Star: With Clemson star QB Trevor Lawrence sidelined with COVID-19, the true freshman started in his place against Boston College last week. The Eagles started off hot and went into halftime with a 28-13 lead. Clemson came roaring back in the second half, with the comeback being led by Uiagalelei. The Tigers were able to come back in win 34-28. Uiagalelei is going to have to step up again against Notre Dame this Saturday … The Big 12 is out of the College Football Playoff: The Big 12 did not start the season off well with multiple teams dropping games. Already, Oklahoma and Texas have two losses. Several Big 12 teams lost to Sun Belt teams. When Oklahoma State fell in overtime to Texas it left the loop without an unbeaten team. Not good news as far as the College Football Playoff is concerned … Cincinnati Can Make the CFP: When one door closes, another one opens. With the Big 12 not having a viable candidate to make the playoff, Cincinnati has a real chance to sneak into the CFP. The win over Memphis follows a big win over SMU for the Bearcats. If the Bearcats keep winning and SMU helps bolster their resume, Cincinnati could sneak into the College Football Playoff … For more observations from last week’s results click here.
ESPN reports the NFL competition committee expects to present a resolution to owners that includes a 16-team playoff scenario in the event games are lost because of the coronavirus pandemic. The contingency, if necessary, would take four division champions and four wild-card teams from both the AFC and NFC. The playoff seeds would be 1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, 3 vs. 6 and 4 vs. 5. NFL team owners already had approved a plan in March to expand the postseason to 14 teams beginning this season. That plan increased the number of wild-card teams per conference to three, up from two.
Grinding Out The Profits
From this week’s PLAYBOOK FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER: So Army has accepted a bowl invitation to the Independence Bowl, becoming the first team to secure a bowl bid this season. It will be the Black Knights’ first trip to Shreveport, Louisiana, since 1996. Army will face an opponent in the bowl game from the Pac-12, which begins abridged season this week. The fact that UL Monroe, Abilene Christian, The Citadel, Mercer, Middle Tennessee State, and UTSA have been among the Cadet’s victims this season certainly makes the distinction suspect at best.