There was a point this season where it was fair to wonder if the Miami Dolphins would ever win a game.
Miami started the season 0-7, suffering plenty of embarrassing losses along the way. They also continued to make trades to sell off some of their best player for draft assets.
Yet here they stand with a 3-9 record, after beating the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday for their third win in five weeks.
The Dolphins winning ways have coincided with Ryan Fitzpatrick being reinserted back into the starting lineup after an early season demotion.
Fitzpatrick dominated the Eagles on Sunday, completing 27 passes for nearly 400 yards and three touchdowns.
Fitzpatrick’s primary target in this contest was DeVante Parker, as he proved to be the leading force in the victory.
For the Dolphins to have made this mid-season turnaround, it is a real good reflection on first-year head coach Brian Flores.
Flores was hired by the Dolphins off the New England Patriots coaching staff after his defense won Super Bowl LIII with a dominant performance against the Los Angeles Rams.
The 38-year-old coach did not get off to the best start in Miami, but he all of a sudden seems like the perfect coach for this rebuild as he has found a way to get his players to buy into his system.
If the Dolphins keep winning games, their draft stock is only going to keep dropping in value, making it harder to find the starting quarterback of the future.
Still, you have to credit the players and coaches in that locker room for continuing to fight each week and find a way to compete at a high level.
College Football Playoff is Set with LSU Claiming Top Spot
The College Football Playoff committee has made their latest rankings and they are final.
We now know which four teams will be competing for the National Championship and there really aren’t any surprises after the conference championships yesterday.
Ohio State, LSU and Clemson were all slated in the playoff coming into this weekend, as they were the top-three seeds in that order.
Each team won their respective conference championship games, sealing their place in the College Football Playoff.
Meanwhile Oklahoma’s path to the playoff took a variety of circumstances, as they came into the weekend as the No. 6 seed. First, No. 5 Utah lost the Pac-12 Championship Game.
Then after Oklahoma won the Big 12, a spot opened up for the Sooners when No. 4 Georgia lost to LSU in the SEC Championship. Now after helping them get into the dance, Oklahoma will have to face LSU themselves.
On the other side of the bracket, Ohio State will have to face the Clemson Tigers in a battle of the only two teams in this tournament, that have actually won it before.
Clemson and Ohio State actually have some College Football Playoff history, as Deshaun Watson led the Tigers to a convincing victory over the Buckeyes in the semifinals back in 2016.
Of the four teams that have made the tournament, Clemson is by far the most experienced. They have been in the College Football Playoff in each of the last four years and have won it twice (2016 and 2018).
Ohio State has been in it twice, winning the first ever College Football Playoff back in 2014. Meanwhile Oklahoma has made three appearances in the playoff, but has never advanced past the semifinals.
Lastly, the No. 1 ranked LSU Tigers are the only team of the four that have yet to make an appearance in the College Football Playoff.
Unfortunately for LSU and their inexperience with the playoff, they will be playing the most experienced quarterback of all four teams, Jalen Hurts.
While we all would like to see these teams just square off and play right now, the College Football Playoff won’t begin for another three weeks.
Now after a long season of great College Football, there are only four teams left in contention. With the teams that have been selected, we are in for a really exciting finish.
Ohio State Dominates in the Second Half to Avoid Upset in the Big 10 Championship
Ohio State came into the Big 10 Championship as the clear favorites over Wisconsin, as many had the Buckeyes pegged as the best team in the nation.
Then all of that hype was suddenly cast in doubt, after the Wisconsin Badgers thoroughly dominated the first half, setting the stage for a massive upset.
Ohio State then proved that they have the heart of a champion, as the Buckeyes found a way to completely shift the momentum in the second half.
Wisconsin was held off the scoreboard entirely and Ohio State scored 27 points to not only beat the Badgers, but still somehow beat them by 13 points.
Ohio State’s backfield of Justin Fields and J.K. Dobbins finally started to come alive after halftime, showing the nation that same incredible offense we had been watching all year.
Fields was very poised for a sophomore playing in the biggest game of his career, as he completed 19 of his 31 passes for 299 yards and three touchdowns.
Dobbins on the other hand picked up yards all game, finishing with a 172 rushing yards on 33 carries.
While the entire Ohio State team played well to get back into the game, Wisconsin did do them some favors, particularly on special teams.
K.J. Hill was another Ohio State player that made huge contributions to this victory, just like he has throughout his entire career.
In the process of making his seven catches for 83 yards, the senior receiver made some personal history in this game.
Along with setting a school record, Hill caught two touchdown passes, including the one that officially gave Ohio State the lead.
The crazy dichotomy of this game was that everyone spent the entire first half talking about how Ohio State wasn’t as good as we thought. Yet by the end of the game we may have realized they are even better.
You can list off the accomplishments now, as Ohio State wins their third-straight Big 10 Championship and finishes the year a perfect 13-0. But their is still more games to be played.
Ohio State will now definitely be in the College Football Playoff and are now just two victories away from a National Championship.
After watching their latest performance, there is no one that is doubting the Buckeyes in that tournament for all the marbles.
LSU Stays Perfect with Dominant Win Over Georgia in SEC Championship
The LSU Tigers magical season just kept rolling on Saturday afternoon, as they beat the Georgia Bulldogs handily in the SEC Championship Game.
In doing so, LSU completed the 16th conference title in the school’s history and the first since 2011.
The Tigers beat Georgia 37-10, completing what has been a very impressive season thus far. LSU is a perfect 13-0, despite playing their fair share of top-10 ranked teams.
While LSU has plenty of talented players up and down the roster, the presumptive Heisman Trophy-winner has gotten most of the credit for the Tigers success.
Joe Burrow has been a sensation this year, setting SEC records for the most passing yards, touchdowns and the highest completion percentage in a season.
Burrow was naturally the SEC Championship Game MVP, as he threw for 349 passing yards and four touchdowns. He also added 41 rushing yards as he just picked the Bulldogs defense apart.
Burrow was so locked in against Georgia that he even completed a first down pass to himself at one point.
LSU was likely to make it to the College Football Playoff even if they lost this game, but now they are all but assured a spot in the four-team playoff.
The only question is going to be where the Tigers are seeded and who they will be playing, when LSU tries to win their first National Championship since 2007.
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