College football today - Championship Week updates, highlights, biggest moments and more

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Sunday, December 5, 2021

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.

Fora complete breakdown on the implications of every championship game on the playoff race, check this out.

Full schedule: All teams | Top 25

Bryce Young's Heisman case

This is just a laser.

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.

Play of the day

Talk about defensive effort! Jairon McVea came through when it counted most.

Seriously, it was THIS close.

Newly crowned champs

Alabama ... what else is there to say?

It was a long time coming, but Michigan left no doubt in the Big Ten title game.

Kenny Pickett and Pitt captured the ACC trophy.

Louisiana's defense sealed the deal for the Ragin' Cajuns to win the Sun Belt.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Matt Jones has some serious hops.

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.

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.

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.

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.

GameDay antics

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 theSWAC title game, and he doesn't even care who you might root for.

Introducing your new head coach

What a warm greeting.

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.

Latest threads

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.

Nothing better than this: RC Slocum ringing the bell.

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