Conference championship weekend brought a little bit of everything: upsets, down-to-the-wire games, big-name coaching hires and quality plays all around.
Here's the best of what happened in the last weekend of the college football regular season.
Best trick play
This isn't your average trick play. And it's technically not a trick play at all. However, Georgia safety Christopher Smith tricked LSU so well that he ran this missed field goal attempt all the way to the other end of the field to score a touchdown.
What a smart play by Christopher Smith.— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) December 3, 2022
Just waited for everyone and then took it to the house. pic.twitter.com/o1WtbQJNkU
He fooled them, so it counts.
Jalen Carter is a BAD MAN 😳 pic.twitter.com/ENFeSG8hAu— NFL Rookie Watch (@NFLRookieWatxh) December 3, 2022
Utah ended USC's playoff chances Friday night by beating the Trojans 47-24 in the Pac-12 title game. It was USC's second loss of the season and second loss to Utah, as the Utes successfully defended their conference title.
But the win for Utah wouldn't have been as sweet without some good trolling. During the game, Utah's sideline had some fun poking at the USC towel guys, who tend to get riled up.
Spectacular mockery 🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/csET4VRL8o— 🌹WrigleyvilleUte🌹 (@jhallito) December 3, 2022
Quarterback Caleb Williams paints his nails every week before games, and his message this week was similar to that of what he had against Notre Dame. But this is the kind of thing to come right back around following a loss.
BACK ✌️ BACK pic.twitter.com/BHZgqm6L4h— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) December 3, 2022
And QB Cam Rising had this to add.
Someone asked Cam Rising about Caleb Williams' nails.— Paolo Uggetti (@PaoloUggetti) December 3, 2022
"He had f*** Utah on there? That's cute. You know, you can do whatever you want, put whatever you want on your nails. I'm not, not gonna judge you for whatever you do, but yeah, I hope he liked it."
Alas, Ohio State benefitted most from the USC loss, as the Buckeyes are on to the College Football Playoff, while USC is on to the Cotton Bowl.
For more of the best trolls, check this out.
Anytime we get a chance to talk about Purdue's big drum, we're going to talk about it.
It made its way to the Big Ten championship, but because of its very large nature, it did in fact hit a road bump.
lol The Big Drum got stuck in the photo editing room pic.twitter.com/4NJnM8ekIP— Patrick Barron 🐻 (@BlueBarronPhoto) December 4, 2022
Need to catch up on drum wars? Check this out.
Don't worry, though. The drum eventually got out onto the field.
Best game winner
And, of course, the celebrations continued in the locker room.
Smoke em if you got 'em pic.twitter.com/Xc7rABxEux— K-State Football (@KStateFB) December 3, 2022
But even though the Horned Frogs lost the game, TCU became the first school from Texas to be selected for the College Football Playoff, also giving them reason to celebrate.
Just WOW. This touchdown from Incarnate Word is incredible.