Indianapolis, IN — December 4, 2022
The Michigan Wolverines are the Big Ten Football Champions. They claimed the title with a 43-22 victory over the Purdue Boilermakers in the Championship game played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The only drama left for the Wolverines was where they would play their semi-final playoff game and who the opponent would be.
College Football Playoffs
Georgia capped a perfect 13-0 season with a 50-30 victory over LSU in the SEC Championship game. Finishing the season with the number-one ranking, the Bulldogs are heading to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on December 31st.
Michigan 13-0, the only other undefeated team after TCU lost in the Big 12 Championship game, heads to the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl as the number-two seed. That game is also on the schedule for the day before New Year’s Day.
TCU entered its Big 12 Championship game ranked third in the nation. But they suffered a 31-28 loss to Kansas State. Fortunately for the Horned Frogs, the playoff selection committee considered TCU’s overall body of work through the season and the close loss in the championship game. They retained their third-place ranking and will face Michigan in the Fiesta Bowl semi-final.
The USC Trojans claimed into the top-four with Ohio State’s loss to Michigan in “The Game.” They need a victory over Utah in the Pac-12 Championship game to clinch a playoff sport. The Utes provided the only blemish on USC’s 11-1 record by defeating them 43-42 converting a two-point conversion on the final play to earn the victory earlier in the season.
The rematch proved the prior win was no fluke, as Utah topped the Trojans 47-24 to earn a trip to the Rose Bowl and eliminate USC from the playoff picture.
USC’s loss moved Ohio State back into a playoff position. The Buckeyes moved to fourth in the rankings and will face Georgia in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta.
Could a Buckeye / Wolverine rematch decide the National Championship on January 9th at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California? Stay tuned.