Good morning.While the country’s top teams were battling for conference championships, one story fell through the cracks.
A University of Texas assistant coach was sued after his girlfriend’s pet monkey bit a child.
Can't make this stuff up... this is why jpeg monkeys are superior, they can't bite anyone. Let's get to it.
-- Nathan & Blake
In today's Sprint:
🏎 F1’s tight race.
🏈 The committee speaks.
🏒 A new streak in New York.
Trivia:Who was the last team to not win its conference but make the College Football Playoff? Before Georgia this year.
*Answer at the bottom
WATER COOLER TALK
🏈 Oklahoma signed Brent Venables, Clemson’s defensive coordinator since 2012, as its next head coach.
Since hiring Venables, Clemson won 6 ACC titles, 2 National titles, and boasted one of the best defenses in the country over that time.
In an odd twist, Venables replaces interim coach Bob Stoops who ran him out of OU back in 2012 to hire his brother, Mike Stoops, as defensive coordinator instead.
As a Clemson alum, this one hurts... but I'm thrilled for Venables.
🏈 The University of Miami is in intense talks with Oregon coach Mario Cristobal to become its next head coach.
The weird part? Miami currently has a head coach under contract (Manny Diaz).
According to SI, Miami gave Cristobal until noon today to decide while Diaz is still hitting the recruiting trail. Talk about having your cake and eating it too.
🏎 Lewis Hamilton won F1’s Saudi Grand Prix and recorded the fastest lap, giving him the exact number of points to tie Max Verstappen (finished second) in the F1 standings.
The two are tied at 369.5 points, with third place all the way back at 218 points.
The final race of the season, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, will decide the champ next Sunday.
To give you an idea of how wild this is, the last time the F1 standings were this close heading into the last race the year was 1984 and Eddie Murphy’s Beverly Hills Cop was the top movie in the world.
⚽️ The Chelsea women’s team downed Arsenal 3-0 to win the Women’s FA Cup Final thanks to a third-minute strike from Fran Kirby and a pair of goals from Sam Kerr.
The win gives the Chelsea women’s team a treble of domestic trophies for the 2020-2021 season along with the Women’s Super League title and the League Cup.
Tide on Top
Giphy / Nick Saban
With the Committee determined to avoid an SEC rematch in the opening round of the Playoff, the matchups were set after Saturday. The only question became what the seeding would be:
The Orange and Cotton Bowls serve as the semifinal matchups on New Year's Eve ahead of the National Championship on January 10, 2022:
Orange Bowl: #3 Georgia vs. #2 Michigan - December 31st
Cotton Bowl: #4 Cincinnati vs. #1 Alabama - December 31st
The two newcomers could not be more different. Michigan claims 11 National titles, the most wins in college football history (976), and one of the largest fanbases in the sport.
Cincinnati, on the other hand, became the first non-Power Five team to make the Playoff, has never won a national title, and now counts all of America (outside the states of Georgia, Bama, and Michigan) as fans.
The two goliaths could not be more different. Georgia looked like the best team all year, but now their strength of schedule is a huge question mark. UGA's best win? A down Clemson all the way back in week 1.
That blown 2018 National title looms large as the Dawgs go for their first Natty since 1980.
Then there's Bama... winners of six of the last 12 National titles. The Tide played their best game of the year to win the SEC, routing UGA 41-24.
Peach: #12 Pitt (11-2) vs. #10 Michigan State (10-2) - Dec. 30
Fiesta: #9 Oklahoma State (11-2) vs. #5 Notre Dame (11-1) - Jan. 1
Rose: #11 Utah (10-3) vs. #6 Ohio State (10-2) - Jan. 1
Sugar: #7 Baylor (11-2) vs. #8 Ole Miss (10-2) - Jan. 1
Giphy / Dan Campbell
(1-10-1) Detroit Lions29vs. (5-7) Minnesota Vikings 27
The seventh one-possession game of the Lions’ season ended with the team’s first win as the Vikings decided to guard only the back of the endzone on the final play of the game, leading to the Lions' walk-off win.
The Lions dedicated the game to the victims of the school shooting in Oxford, Michigan early last week.