Jeff Dantzler’s Top Twelve – Championship Week 2023

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Jeff Dantzler’s Top Twelve – Championship Week 2023

Jeff Dantzler
Jeff Dantzler

The regular season has flown by once again and we are all set for the conference championship games with all kinds of scenarios. This past weekend, the in-state rivalry games delivered in big-time fashion. There were a slew of thrillers. The SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big XII and PAC-12 all have teams with a shot at one of those four spots in the College Football Playoff. That’s unprecedented in the playoff era at this point in the season.

1. Georgia – The Bulldogs edged their arch-rival in state foe Tech 31-23 last Saturday to finish off a third straight undefeated regular season. Georgia battles Alabama this weekend at Mercedes Benz Stadium for the SEC crown and a CFP berth.





2. Michigan – Despite the controversy around Jim Harbaugh, Michigan has continued to find ways to win. The 30-24 triumph over Ohio State is their third straight over the Buckeyes and Michigan is 12-0. Up next is the Big Ten Championship Game and Iowa.

3. Washington – It was scary for the Huskies, but they survived and captured the Apple Cup 24-21 over Washington State. Now the stage is set for what should be a tremendous PAC-12 Championship Game between the Huskies and revenge seeking Oregon.

4. Florida State – The Seminoles fought their way back and took care of Florida 24-15 to finish the regular season 12-0 and hand their rival Gators a third straight losing season. Now the Seminoles tangle with Louisville in the ACC Championship Game.





5. Texas – What an exit for the Longhorns final Big XII regular season game, as they absolutely bashed Texas Tech 57-7. Now comes one of the biggest games the ‘Horns have played, the Big XII Championship is on the line and maybe a playoff berth.

6. Alabama – The Crimson Tide had the magic working on fourth and forever, pulling out a thrilling 27-24 victory over Auburn on the Plains. A shot at the College Football Playoff and the conference title is on the line with Georgia in Atlanta Saturday afternoon.

7. Ohio State – The Buckeyes are once again outstanding, but heartbroken with a third straight loss to Michigan. That means no trip to Indianapolis. They are hopeful for some help and a berth in the CFP like last season, when OSU fell to Georgia in Atlanta.

8. Oregon – The Ducks came out hot and put away Oregon State, which had the wind taken out of its sails against Washington a week earlier. The 31-7 victory sends Oregon to the PAC-12 Championship Game and a battle with the Huskies, aiming for a spot in the CFP.

9. Ole Miss – The Rebels had a terrific 17-7 comeback victory over arch-rival Mississippi State to capture the Egg Bowl and cap a fantastic 10-2 campaign. Lane Kiffen’s Rebels are aiming for a New Year’s Six Bowl, harkening to the glory days of Johnny Vaught.

10. Missouri – The Tigers topped off the regular season with a dominating 48-14 victory over Arkansas in Fayetteville. It’s 10-2 for Missouri, the Tigers best team since they went 11-1 and played for the 2013 SEC title. They are in the hunt for a New Year’s Six Bowl.

11. Penn State – The Nittany Lions put the finishing touches on a 10-2 season with a rout of Michigan State in Detroit. Penn State once again rolled past the rest of the conference, but couldn’t find a way to defeat either Michigan or Ohio State.

12. Tulane – The Green Wave are in the mix for a second straight New Year’s Six Bowl game. Tulane closed out the regular season with a 29-16 over the RoadRunners of UTSA. The only loss is to Ole Miss. The Green Wave will host the American title game





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