Championship Saturday in college football did not disappoint, with four teams locking up BCS berths and providing plenty of shakeups in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.
Obviously, everything starts with the Alabama and Georgia matchup in the 2012 SEC Championship Game. For fans who have been clamoring for a playoff system in college football, this was essentially a postseason game that would put the winner into the BCS championship.
Alabama did come out on top, but Georgia gave it everything. If not for a tipped pass caught by Chris Conley as time expired, Georgia would have had another crack at the end zone.
But college football gets the championship game that it wanted, with No. 1 Notre Dame taking on No. 2 Alabama in Miami on Jan. 7.
That was hardly the only noteworthy game on Saturday, though, as Kansas State gave its best performance since October, defeating Texas to clinch the Big 12 BCS berth. Oklahoma also earned a share of the conference title, but its head-to-head loss against the Wildcats cost it an automatic berth.
In the prime-time conference championship games, Florida State held on against a mediocre Georgia Tech team, 21-15. It wasn't the best effort from the Seminoles, but a win is a win at this point.
Then there was Wisconsin running all over Nebraska in the Big Ten Championship Game to lock up a trip to Los Angeles for the Rose Bowl. The Badgers have been inconsistent all season, only getting into the conference title game because of sanctions against Ohio State and Penn State, but they showed up when it mattered most.
Here is a look at the AP Top 25 standings after all of the conference championship madness from the weekend.
|WEEK 15 AP TOP POLL|
|1. Notre Dame|
|3. Ohio State|
|7. Kansas State|
|10. Texas A&M|
|11. South Carolina|
|13. Florida State|
|15. Oregon State|
|16. Northern Illinois|
|18. Utah State|
|20. Boise State|
|24. San Jose State|
|25. Kent State|