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CFP: Michigan-Alabama, Washington-Texas

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Michigan, Washington, Texas and Alabama were selected to the College Football Playoff on Sunday, making Florida State the first unbeaten Power Five conference champion to be excluded from the four-team field.

The final season of the four-team playoff before it expands to 12 next year presented the CFP selection committee with its toughest decision in the 10-year history of the postseason system.

The Seminoles (13-0) lost star quarterback Jordan Travis to a season-ending injury two weeks ago, but continued to win with a backup and then a third-string quarterback. But the committee is instructed to judge the teams for what they are heading into the playoff and decided FSU without Travis was not among the best four in the country.


Houston hires Tulane coach Fritz

HOUSTON (AP) Willie Fritz was hired as Houston’s coach on Sunday, replacing Dana Holgorsen, who was fired a week ago after five seasons with the Cougars.

Fritz spent the last eight seasons at Tulane, where he was named American Athletic Conference coach of the year in the last two seasons.


Michigan AP No. 1 for 1st time since '97

Michigan is No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time since it won its last national championship in 1997 while Georgia slipped to No. 6 on Sunday after its 29-game winning streak was snapped by Alabama.

Michigan received 51 first-place votes. No. 2 Washington had 11 first-place votes and the Huskies were followed by Texas at No. 3 and Florida State at No. 4. All four are conference champions and all but the Longhorns are unbeaten.


Miami (OH) beats No. 23 Toledo, wins MAC

DETROIT (AP) Rashad Amos ran for two touchdowns, Graham Nicholson kicked three field goals and Miami (Ohio) beat No. 23 Toledo 23-14 in the Mid-American Conference championship game Saturday.

The RedHawks (11-2) last won the MAC title in 2019 when they beat Central Michigan. It's the first time since 2003 that Miami has won 11 games in a season.


Green has 4 TDs, Boise wins MWC title

LAS VEGAS (AP) A locker room can go either way when a coaching change is made, and in Boise State's case, players lined up behind Spencer Danielson when he was handed the job on an interim basis with two games left in the regular season.

That buy-in has been on full display since.


Stagnant offense costly for No. 18 Iowa

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) No. 18 Iowa won the Big Ten West by mucking things up for everyone else.

The Hawkeyes' strategy failed them Saturday night.


Tide K Reichard sets NCAA points record

ATLANTA (AP) Alabama kicker Will Reichard became the NCAA's career scoring leader by kicking a 43-yard field goal for the No. 8 Crimson Tide's first points in Saturday's Southeastern Conference championship game against No. 1 Georgia.

Reichard passed Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds (2012-15) for the record. Entering the game, Reichard and Reynolds were tied at 530 points.


Troy wins 2nd straight Sun Belt crown

TROY, Ala. (AP) Kimani Vidal and Troy's defense combined to run away with another title in the fourth quarter.

Vidal rushed for 233 yards and five touchdowns and Troy scored twice in a six-second span of a monster fourth quarter in a 49-23 victory Saturday over Appalachian State for the Trojans' second straight Sun Belt Conference title.


Oregon QB Nix mum on status for bowl

LAS VEGAS (AP) Oregon quarterback Bo Nix couldn’t move, sitting in shock, slumped in distraught for several minutes with a towel over his head after his Ducks lost 34-31 to Washington in the Pac 12 Championship on Friday.

“Football is a tough game and sometimes you put it all out there and you come up short,” said Nix, who finished 21 of 34 for 239 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. “I think that’s what sometimes hurts, is when you put it all out there, it's still not good enough.


USC hires UCLA's Lynn to run defense

LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California has hired D'Anton Lynn away from archrival UCLA to be Lincoln Riley's defensive coordinator.

Riley announced his choice Friday night to replace Alex Grinch, who was fired last month with two games left in USC's disappointing 7-5 regular season.