NCAA Division 1 Football Bowl Subdivision Power 5 Conferences 2021

Overall Standings (Power 5 Conferences 2021)

Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division Overall 2021

PosTeamWLTPct
1*Wake Forest Demon Deacons1130.786
2Clemson Tigers1030769
3North Carolina State Wolfpack930.750
4Boston College Eagles660.500
5*Louisville Cardinals670.462
6Syracuse Orange570.417
7Florida State Seminoles570.417

Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division Overall 2021

PosTeamWLTPct
1*Pittsburgh Panthers1130.786
2Miami Hurricanes750.583
3Virginia Cavaliers660.500
4*Virginia Tech Hokies670.462
5*North Carolina Tar Heels670.462
6Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets390.250
7Duke Blue Devils390.250

Big Ten Conference East Division Overall 2021

PosTeamWLTPct
1*Michigan Wolverines1220.857
2*Ohio State Buckeyes1120.846
3*Michigan State Spartans1120.846
4*Maryland Terrapins760538
5*Penn State Nittany Lions760.538
6*Rutgers Scarlet Knights580.385
7Indiana Hoosiers2100.167

Big Ten Conference West Division Overall 2021

PosTeamWLTPct
1*Iowa Hawkeyes1040.714
2*Minnesota Golden Gophers940.692
3*Wisconsin Badgers940.692
4*Purdue Boilermakers940.692
5Illinois Fighting Illini570.417
6Nebraska Cornhuskers390.250
7Northwestern Wildcats390.250

Big 12 Conference Overall

PosTeamWLTPct
1*Oklahoma State Cowboys1220.857
2*Baylor Bears1220.857
3*Oklahoma Sooners1120.846
4*Kansas State Wildcats850.615
5*Iowa State Cyclones760.538
6*Texas Tech Red Raiders760.538
7*West Virginia Mountaineers670.462
8Texas Longhorns570.417
9Texas Christian Horned Frogs570.417
10Kansas Jayhawks2100.143

Pacific-12 Conference North Division Overall 2021

PosTeamWLTPct
1*Oregon Ducks1040.714
2*Washington State Cougars760.538
3*Oregon State Beavers760.538
4California Golden Bears570.417
5Washington Huskies480.333
6Stanford Cardinal390.250

Pacific-12 Conference South Division Overall 2021

PosTeamWLTPct
1*Utah Utes1040.714
2*UCLA California-Los Angeles Bruins840.667
3*Arizona State Sun Devils850.615
4Southern California Trojans480.333
5Colorado Buffaloes480.333
6Arizona Wildcats1110.083

Southeastern Conference East Division Overall 2021

PosTeamWLTPct
1*Georgia Bulldogs1410.933
2*Kentucky Wildcats1030.769
3*Tennessee Volunteers760.538
4*South Carolina Gamecocks760.538
5*Missouri Tigers670.462
6*Florida Gators670.462
7Vanderbilt Commodores2100.167

Southeastern Conference West Division Overall 2021

PosTeamWLTPct
1*Alabama Crimson Tide1320.867
2*Mississippi Ole Miss Rebels1030.769
3*Arkansas Razorbacks940.692
4Texas A&M Aggies840.667
5*Mississippi State Bulldogs760.538
6*Auburn Tigers670.462
7*Louisiana State LSU Tigers670.462

Overall Standings (FBS Independents 2021)

FBS Independents 2021

PosTeamWLTPct
1*Notre Dame Fighting Irish1120.846
2*Brigham Young BYU Cougars1030.769
3*Army Black Knights940.692
4*Liberty Flames850.615
5New Mexico State Aggies2100.167
6Massachusetts Minutemen1110.083
7Connecticut Huskies1110.083

Major Bowl Games and College Football Playoffs 2021

New Year Six Bowls / College Football Playoff Semi-Finals 2021

NCAAF Division 1 Football Bowl Subdivision New Year Six Bowls 2021

Match Day Peach Bowl (Atlanta, Ga)
(Peach Bowl (Atlanta, Ga))
31 - 21

Michigan State Spartans vs Pittsburgh Panthers

Match Day Fiesta Bowl (Tempe, Az)
(Fiesta Bowl (Tempe, Az))
37 - 35

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Match Day Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, La)
(Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, La))
21 - 7

Baylor Bears vs Mississippi Rebels

Match Day Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Ca)
(Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Ca))
48 - 45

Ohio State Buckeyes vs Utah Utes

Match Day Cotton Bowl (Dallas, Tx) - College Football Playoff Semi-Final
(Cotton Bowl (Dallas, Tx) - College Football Playoff Semi-Final)
27 - 6

Alabama Crimson Tide vs Cincinnati Bearcats

Match Day Orange Bowl (Miami, Fl) - College Football Playoff Semi-Final
(Orange Bowl (Miami, Fl) - College Football Playoff Semi-Final)
34 - 11

Georgia Bulldogs vs Michigan Wolverines

College Football National Championship 2021

NCAA Division 1 Football Bowl Subdivision College Football Playoff National Championship 2021

Match Day 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship
(2022 College Football Playoff National Championship)
33 - 18

Georgia Bulldogs vs Alabama Crimson Tide

Conference Standings and Championship Games (Power 5 Conferences)

ACC Atlantic Coast Conference 2021

Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division 2021

PosTeamWLTPct
1Wake Forest Demon Deacons (C)710.875
2North Carolina State Wolfpack620.750
3Clemson Tigers620.750
4Louisville Cardinals440.500
5Florida State Seminoles440.500
6Syracuse Orange260.250
7Boston College Eagles260.250

Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division 2021

PosTeamWLTPct
1Pittsburgh Panthers (C)710.875
2Miami Hurricanes530.625
3Virginia Tech Hokies440.500
4Virginia Cavaliers440.500
5North Carolina Tar Heels350.375
6Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets260.250
7Duke Blue Devils080.000

ACC Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game 2021

Match Day ACC Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game 2021
(ACC Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game 2021)
45 - 21

Pittsburgh Panthers vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons

B1G Big 10 Conference 2021

Big Ten Conference East Division 2021

PosTeamWLTPct
1Michigan Wolverines (C)810.889
2Ohio State Buckeyes810.889
3Michigan State Spartans720.778
4Penn State Nittany Lions450.444
5Maryland Terrapins360.333
6Rutgers Scarlet Knights270.222
7Indiana Hoosiers090.000

Big Ten Conference West Division 2021

PosTeamWLTPct
1Iowa Hawkeyes (C)720.778
2Minnesota Golden Gophers630.667
3Wisconsin Badgers630.667
4Purdue Boilermakers630.667
5Illinois Fighting Illini450.444
6Nebraska Cornhuskers180.111
7Northwestern Wildcats180.111

B1G Big Ten Conference Championship Game 2021

Match Day B1G Big Ten Conference Championship Game 2021
(B1G Big Ten Conference Championship Game 2021)
Win - Loss

Michigan Wolverines vs Iowa Hawkeyes

B12 Big 12 Conference 2021

Big 12 Conference 2021

PosTeamWLTPct
1Oklahoma State Cowboys (C)810.889
2Baylor Bears720.778
3Oklahoma Sooners720.778
4Iowa State Cyclones540.556
5Kansas State Wildcats450.444
6West Virginia Mountaineers450.444
7Texas Longhorns360.333
8Texas Christian Horned Frogs360.333
9Texas Tech Red Raiders360.333
10Kansas Jayhawks180.111

Pac-12 Pacific-12 Conference 2021

Pacific-12 Conference North Division 2021

PosTeamWLTPct
1Oregon Ducks (C)720.778
2Washington State Cougars630.667
3Oregon State Beavers540.556
4California Golden Bears450.444
5Washington Huskies360.333
6Stanford Cardinal270.222

Pacific-12 Conference South Division 2021

PosTeamWLTPct
1Utah Utes (C)810.889
2Arizona State Sun Devils630.667
3California-Los Angeles UCLA Bruins630.6667
4Southern California USC Trojans360.333
5Colorado Buffaloes360.333
6Arizona Wildcats180.111

PAC-12 Pacific-12 Conference Championship Game 2021

Match Day PAC-12 Pacific-12 Conference Championship Game 2021
(PAC-12 Pacific-12 Conference Championship Game 2021)
38 - 10

Utah Utes vs Oregon Ducks

SEC Southeastern Conference 2021

Southeastern Conference East Division 2021

PosTeamWLTPct
1Georgia Bulldogs (C)8001.000
2Kentucky Wildcats530.625
3Tennessee Volunteers440.500
4Missouri Tigers350.375
5South Carolina Gamecocks350.375
6Florida Gators260.250
7Vanderbilt Commodores080.000

Southeastern Conference West Division 2021

PosTeamWLTPct
1Alabama Crimson Tide (C)71-0.875
2Mississippi Rebels620.750
3Arkansas Razorbacks440.500
4Mississippi State Bulldogs440.500
5Texas A&M Aggies440.500
6Auburn Tigers350.375
7Louisiana State Tigers350.375

SEC Southeastern Conference Championship Game 2021

Match Day SEC Southeastern Conference Championship Game 2021
(SEC Southeastern Conference Championship Game 2021)
24 - 41

Georgia Bulldogs vs Alabama Crimson Tide

Season Recap

Conference Championships

Oklahoma State Cowboys won the Big 12 Conference with an 8-1 record (there is no Conference Championship Game in the Big 12 as it has only one division of 10 Teams). The ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) Championship Game pitted Atlantic Division Champions Wake Forest Demon Deacons against Coastal Division Champions Pittsburgh Panthers with the Pittsburgh College winning out 45-21. The Big Ten Conference Champions were Michigan Wolverines who defeated a surprising Iowa Hawkeyes in the Championship Game. Ohio State Buckeyes, one of the tradional powerhouses in College Football lost out on a tie-breaker to Michigan after both Colleges finished 8-1 in the East Division.

The Pacific-12 Conference Championship Game was a major surprise with Utah Utes, South Division Champions, winning by a huge 38-10 margin over favourites Oregon Ducks. The game every college football fan was waiting for, however, was the Southeastern Conference Championship game between perennial favourites Alabama Crimson Tide and the undefeated Georgia Bulldogs. The Athens, Georgia, College went in as favourites, meaning an unusual underdog position for the Tuscaloosa, Alabama, College. Alabama, however, showed why they are nearly always favourites with a 41-24 victory.

New Year Six Bowls

The Big New Year Six Bowls featured all five Power 5 Conference Champions, plus top Independent College Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Group 5 College Cincinnati Bearcats, American Athletic Conference Champions, and also Conference Runners-Up Georgia Bulldogs (SEC), Oregon Ducks (PAC-12) and Baylor Bears (Big 12), and high-ranking Ohio State Buckeyes (Columbus, Ohio) and Michigan State Spartans (perennial contenders and second and third respectively to Michigan Wolverines in the Big Ten East Division); and Mississippi Rebels (runners-up to Alabama in the SEC West Division).

The Four Non-College Football Playoff Bowls on New Years featured a 31-21 victory for Michigan State Spartans over Pittsburgh Panthers in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia; a 37-35 victory for Oklahoma State Cowboys versus Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Fiesta Bowl, in Glendale, Arizona; a 48-45 win for Ohio State Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California versus Utah Utes; and a 21-7 triumph for Baylor Bears over Ole Miss Rebels in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana.

College Football Playoff Semi-Finals (New Years)

With Oregon Ducks shock loss to Utah Utes and Oklahoma State Cowboys not having played a Championship Game, Cincinnati Bearcats became the first Group 5 College to appear in the College Football Playoff, ranked number 4, they were pitted against Alabama Crimson Tide, losing 27-6 in the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas. The other Semi-Final between SEC runners-up Georgia Bulldogs and Michigan Wolverines, the Big Ten Champions, was a convincing 34-11 victory for Georgia.

2022 College Football Playoff National Championship

Going in as favourites this time Alabama Crimson Tide were hoping for a repeat of the SEC Championship Game where they defeated Georgia Bulldogs. Yet again, however, the underdogs pulled off the upset win with Georgia Bulldogs triumphing 33-18 versus Alabama at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana to win the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship. [References: 2]

It was the Bulldogs first National Championship since 1980 and came with a superlative fourth-quarter performance where the Bulldogs scored 20 unanswered points after being 9-6 down at halftime and five points down heading into the fourth quarter (13-18) . Touchdowns for Georgia came from Zamir White (1 yard run), Adonai Mitchell and Brock Bowers (both receptions), and Kelee Ringo (a 79-yard interception return). [References: 2]

About NCAA College Football

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is the biggest of USA’s College Sports Assiociations, taking in all major American Sports, as well as Athletics, Soccer and numerous other sports. The NCAA Football Program is divided into four Divisions – In order of Merit they are: FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision), FCS (Football Championship Subdivision), Division II and Division III. FBS is further subdivided into the Power 5 Conferences (which compete for the National Championship) and the Group 5 Conferences (which play for Minor Postseason Bowls). Particular attention shall be given by Eirball to Notre Dame Fighting Irish (the big Irish Catholic university in South Bend, Indiana) and San Jose State Spartans (as Dublin is twinned with San Jose) as well as any Irish-born Football players in the NCAA FBS.

Stamp Showing Classic Image of Notre Dame Fighting Irish

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – CIRCA 1998: a postage stamp printed in USA showing an image of four players of Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team, circa 1998.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – CIRCA 1998: a postage stamp printed in USA showing an image of four players of Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team, circa 1998.

Picture Credit: ©mmphotos2017/123RF.COM

Image ID:  156057748

[Internet] Available from: https://www.123rf.com/photo_156057748_united-states-of-america-circa-1998-a-postage-stamp-printed-in-usa-showing-an-image-of-four-players-.html?vti=llmbgfd2qyd1ypd3d6-1-6 [Accessed 7 January 2022]

References

IMAGES

[1] NCAA | Wayback Machine Internet Archive (2015) logo [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20160923081703im_/http://www.ncaa.com/sites/all/themes/ncaa/ncaa-respo/logo.png [Accessed 4 May 2020]

Results

[1] NCAA (2021) Football – Scores [Internet] Available from: https://www.ncaa.com/scoreboard/football/fbs [Accessed 30 August 2021]

[2] Jessica Leggett, Ed. (2022) “The 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship” The College Football Handbook First Edition. pp 124 (and other pages). Future Publishing Limited. Bath, England.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to Jimmy English.

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