Champ Week! The last week of the college football season, which seriously flew by fast. Now there were a bunch of surprising coaching moves earlier this week, starting with Lincoln Riley going to USC, Brian Kelly moving on to LSU and Notre Dame announcing Marcus Freeman as Kelly's replacement.
But the games have been just as exciting. Baylor stunned Oklahoma State with an incredible defensive stop, Alabama upset Georgia for the SEC championship, Michigan routed Iowa to win the Big Ten title and Pitt took care of Wake Forest to claim the ACC crown.
For a complete breakdown on the implications of every championship game on the playoff race, check this out.
Bryce Young's Heisman case
This is just a laser.
BRYCE YOUNG HAS THE LAUNCH CODES 🚀 pic.twitter.com/KUGNudRaK0— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) December 4, 2021
Young had quite the day against Georgia in the SEC title game.
Earlier this week, Alex Scarborough wrote about how the one thing left standing between Young and the Heisman was Georgia's defense, and, well, the case for Young is only that much stronger now.
Case Closed.— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) December 5, 2021
🔥 421 pass yards (SEC Championship Game record)
🔥 40 rush yards
🔥 4 total TD pic.twitter.com/mZLSearuZ5
Play of the day
Talk about defensive effort! Jairon McVea came through when it counted most.
BAYLOR STOPS OKLAHOMA STATE ON 4TH DOWN 😱 pic.twitter.com/9JlKW4ZLrv— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 4, 2021
Seriously, it was THIS close.
Newly crowned champs
Alabama ... what else is there to say?
Sorry, Kirby pic.twitter.com/vPn705Prvs— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 5, 2021
It was a long time coming, but Michigan left no doubt in the Big Ten title game.
Final: Michigan 42, Iowa 3— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 5, 2021
Jim Harbaugh bet on himself. Those who stay will be champions. pic.twitter.com/pRQZfQRXSf
Kenny Pickett and Pitt captured the ACC trophy.
PITT WINS THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP 🏆— ESPN (@espn) December 5, 2021
This is the Panthers' first ACC title and first outright conference title in any league 👏 pic.twitter.com/cyBrl6kLHN
Louisiana's defense sealed the deal for the Ragin' Cajuns to win the Sun Belt.
LOUISIANA'S DEFENSE COMES IN CLUTCH TO SEAL THE GAME❗ pic.twitter.com/RO9iiu6yqK— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 5, 2021
Cincinnati took care of business.
And the fans celebrated accordingly as the Bearcats await the final College Football Playoff rankings.
Utah State beat San Diego State and got a little spicy.
Alas, the Aggies are the new Mountain West champs.
Baylor runs the Big 12.
Utah won its first Pac-12 championship after handily beating Oregon.
Utah beat Oregon by a combined score of 76-17 this year 😳 pic.twitter.com/Va7rSfeA2O— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 4, 2021
MEEP MEEP. From Bottom 10 misery to champs, UTSA did it.
Speaking of turning things around, that's exactly what NIU did this season
Champ week highlights
Might want to watch out for Jordan Battle.
BENNETT PICKED OFF AGAIN FOR SIX ‼️ pic.twitter.com/ldsHsNMawF— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 5, 2021
We'll take all the laterals we can get.
There's no catching him.
Pitt's Kenny Pickett fakes it then makes it to the end zone in the ACC title game.
QB Kenny Pickett fakes a slide and takes it all the way to house
Kenny Pickett fools the Wake Forest defense and takes it 58 yards for Pittsburgh's opening TD.
Michigan's Donovan Edwards is not a quarterback, but he played one on TV in the Big Ten championship.
The toe drag is everything on this grab!
THIS CATCH ... WOW 🤯 pic.twitter.com/NPazW2ylPb— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 4, 2021
Matt Jones has some serious hops.
Baylor intercepts Spencer Sanders for the second time in the first quarter 👀 pic.twitter.com/PgL1exrTmN— ESPN (@espn) December 4, 2021
Let's call it a day and crown the dog the winner, all right?
Passing a legend
Kenny Pickett's 80th touchdown pass set the career record at Pitt, passing Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino.
Pickett passes Dan Marino for most passing TDs in Pitt history
Kenny Pickett throws his 80th career TD to break Dan Marino's mark for Pittsburgh.
Fantastic finish in D-II
The Division II playoffs are down the last four. Thanks to this Hail Mary touchdown pass, Shepherd will be there.
Hail Mary on final play sends Shepherd to D-II semifinals
Tyson Bagent airs out a 42-yard pass as Shepherd beats Kutztown 30-28 to advance to the NCAA Division II semifinals.
It's all fun and games
Not exactly fun for any UGA fans right now, though.
Smile for the camera!
A football to the face isn't ideal, but hey, it's kind of funny.
Wanna get away? pic.twitter.com/fXdqEMSTCD— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) December 4, 2021
A little headstand practice in the middle of the game? Why not?
Reese had to step it up a level for her final pick of the season.
Future GameDay guests, take notes.
And Lee Corso's pick is ...
For all the best signs, check this out.
Scene in the stands
Deion Sanders wants to see a full house for the SWAC title game, and he doesn't even care who you might root for.
Coach Prime on Saturday's SWAC title game vs Prairie View:— Khari Thompson (@_KhariThompson) December 2, 2021
"This is Mississippi vs. Texas. If you can't get up for that, something's wrong with chu. C-H-U." pic.twitter.com/GNpPc1OI1l
Introducing your new head coach
What a warm greeting.
Fans at GameDay serenade Lincoln Riley with 'SEC' chant
New USC football coach Lincoln Riley explains how his life has been since he was introduced as the new coach.
Marcus Freeman already has won over his players it looks like.
And, well. Brian Kelly has taken to the South quite fast.
Best of luck to Grace.
Brian Kelly's daughter Grace on Tik Tok. pic.twitter.com/RlbXwgo1QX— Ben Coil (@CometCoil) December 4, 2021
Lane Kiffin has added some Air Diors to his sneaker collection, and yeah, we're a little bit jealous.
We like anything shiny and eye-catching, and that's exactly what these cleats are that Oregon wore in the Pac-12 title game on Friday night.
For all the best uniforms of the week, check this out.
Feel-good moments of the week
Utah had a moment of loudness rather than silence to honor Aaron Lowe and Ty Jordan.
Just a taste of the moment of loudness here pic.twitter.com/BYW6h46NWq— Josh Furlong (@JFurKSL) December 4, 2021
Nothing better than this: RC Slocum ringing the bell.
I've seen a lot of wins over the years, but seeing R.C.Slocm ring the bell at Baylor Scott and White this afternoon signaling the completion of his cancer treatment was a special victory! We'll hear from @rcslocum at 6 and 10 on @KBTXSports @KBTXNews pic.twitter.com/csqcOBFRKA— KBTX News (@KBTXNews) November 29, 2021