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Duff’d It! Rankings and Other Accolades: the Holiday Special


NCAA Football: CFP National Championship Game-Alabama vs Georgia
Hello darkness, my old friend....
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We wake up in a cold, scary, unfamiliar place today, as the 2017 college football season has finally come to a close. We laughed, we cried, we finally got rid of Ted Roof - it was a roller coaster of emotions from beginning to end. But now that it’s over, it’s time to look back at the postseason that was in this 69th edition of the Duff’d It! Rankings. Trophies were hoisted. Dreams were achieved. Crotches were grabbed. And someone won the Duff’d It! National Championship.

Duff’d It! Rankings, Postseason Edition

1. Georgia. Two years ago, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel got dunked on by a bunch of nerds, and that injustice led them to spurn making millions of dollars in the NFL to stay at Georgia and lose a national championship. I don’t know that the arc of the universe bends towards justice, but it does bend towards Georgia losing spectacularly. So thank you, universe: Georgia doesn’t lose a lot, but when they do, they go big.

SEC Conference Plays of the Week

You can actually pinpoint the second when Georgia’s heart rips in half!

What’s this? Two national championship winning plays in one Duff’d It! Rankings? What a time to be alive, folks.

Employee of the Month of the Week

NCAA Football: CFP National Championship Game-Alabama vs Georgia Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

It happens: the chips are down and your quarterback is struggling, so you put in the true freshman backup. Nick Saban will do this anytime, anywhere, even at halftime of the goddang national championship game, even when that quarterback played well in a national championship game last year. And hey, it worked! In just a single half (and two plays in overtime) Tagovailoa threw for three touchdowns and 166 yards on 14 for 24 passes, and even kept the ball 12 times for 27 more yards. Those aren’t eye popping numbers, but they were good enough to win a championship, and Nick Saban abhors offense in all forms, so it’s a win for everyone. Except Georgia. Because they lost.