After a high-octane day of college football, the matchup of the national title game is (almost certainly) set: Florida State’s juggernaut will take on Auburn for all the marbles. The Seminoles punched their ticket with a conclusive 45-7 whoopin’ of a game but overmatched Duke team to cinch the ACC title and complete an undefeated season.
Earlier in the day, Auburn had won the SEC title behind an absolutely epic performance from running back Tre Mason, who ran 46 times (!) for 304 yards (!!) in a 59-42 defeat of Missouri. This referee probably got the cleanest shot on Mason all day.
And in the day’s most surprising — and best — game, the Michigan State Spartans won their first outright Big Ten title since 1987 with a close-fought but decisive 34-24 defeat of Ohio State. The biggest play of the game by far came when Denicos Allen — a Hamilton, Ohio native — stopped Braxton Miller on 4th and 2 with just minutes to play and OSU trailing by 3.
It was the Buckeyes’ first loss in two seasons, dropped them from a likely berth in the national title game, and made Urban Meyer sad.
- Dylann Roof wants to plead guilty to the charges against him in the Charleston church shooting, his attorney said, but a judge entered a not guilty plea for him on Friday.
- The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for two teenagers who went missing a week ago off the coast of Florida.
- Beijing will host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first city to host both the summer and winter games.