The state of Texas had two teams playing on Saturday afternoon, and neither one of them managed to get a win in their championship game.
Oklahoma 41 TCU 17
TCU went from having no public expectations to National Championship contender to just another team again this season.
Their game on Saturday afternoon was a perfect representation of the way their season played out.
Oklahoma got off to a very hot start, ending the first quarter with a 17-point lead on the strength of a fumble return and a Baker Mayfield TD pass.
TCU managed to wake up in the second quarter, pulling to within three points after Kenny Hill connected for two TD passes.
Oklahoma answered with a TD of its own only to have TCU end the half on a field goal to keep it to a one score game.
It looked like TCU had figured things out, but Oklahoma came out roaring in the second half, putting up 17 more points while blanking TCU.
A win here would have just about locked up a New Year’s Day bowl game for TCU, but now they will have to sit around and wait. If they don’t get into a New Years Day bowl game, the best guess would have them playing in the Alamo Bowl on December 28.
Florida Atlantic 41 North Texas 17
North Texas was hoping to spoil Lane Kiffin’s inaugural season as FAU’s coach, but it was not to be.
Florida Atlantic scored early and often in the Conference USA Championship game, and had the game in hand by halftime.
North Texas Coach Littrell had nothing but praise for Kiffin, saying, “You have to give credit to Coach Kiffin and FAU. They’re unbelievable.”
With the big win, we will more than likely start to hear Kiffin’s name being mentioned for quite a few of the vacated head coaching positions, but I am not sure anyone is quite ready to let Kiffin step back up onto the main stage just yet.
This will wrap up college football for us until the bowl games, which we will report on individually as they are playing (Texas schools only).