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Welcome to the first Monday edition of the Daily Sports Recap, which is exactly like the other weekday editions of the Recap, except this one reminds you that you have five work days to go before you can sleep until 8:00 A.M. again.  You're welcome.

 

Sports News From Yesterday (12/7)

College Football Playoff Bracket Set

Yesterday, the College Football Playoff selection committee released the final standings for college football's first playoff.  The weekend's action saw all the top four seeds winning their games, starting as No. 1 Alabama rolled into Atlanta and took care of Missouri 42-13, led by presumptive Heisman runner-up Amari Cooper and Lane Kiffin's impeccable ability to tell his quarterback to throw it to Amari Cooper. Marcus Mariota was typically excellent as Oregon choked the life out of Arizona 51-13, avenging their lone defeat quite spectacularly.  Florida State made it closer than it needed to be, but as they've done all season, the Seminoles came out on top in their championship game against Georgia Tech.  TCU held serve against 2-9 Iowa State, cruising to a 55-3 victory over the Cyclones.  It looked as though the only question that would be raised would be "What happens to Baylor?"

Then Ohio State took the field against Wisconsin and responded with a thorough and complete demolition of Wisconsin, winning the game 59-0.  Behind third-string QB Cardale Jones's stellar play and an inspired effort by the Buckeyes defense (which held ultratalented tailback Melvin Gordon to 76 yards on 26 carries), Ohio State emphatically stated its case.  The selection committee was suitably impressed, and they ultimately chose Ohio State to be the fourth playoff team in the bracket, resolving the TCU/Baylor debate by slotting Baylor at No. 5 and TCU at No.6.

As a result, our first-ever playoff has Alabama facing Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl and Oregon playing Florida State in the Rose Bowl, both on New Year's Day.  And thus did the BCS die, meaning no one would ever be angry about their postseason position ever again.

 

No. 17 Michigan Stunned at Home by N.J.I.T.

In the world of college basketball, the N.J.I.T. Highlanders visited Ann Arbor on Saturday in a typical non-conference basketball game (vastly overmatched opponent comes to town to get a check and also get annihilated), only to flip the script: the Highlanders walked out of the Crisler Center victorious by the score of 72-70.  Here are some interesting facts about the N.J.I.T. basketball squad.

  • N.J.I.T. stands for New Jersey Institute of Technology, which I did not know until Saturday afternoon.
  • The Highlanders owned the longest losing streak in D1 basketball history at 51 games.
  • N.J.I.T. had never played a ranked opponent before.
  • The two previous facts make this victory way funnier.

 

Colts Beat Browns on Last-Minute TD Pass

The Browns Clevelanded their way out of a victory against the AFC-South leading Colts, squandering a 21-7 third-quarter lead on a T.Y. Hilton TD catch with 32 seconds to go.  Thinking about the inevitable "Will Manziel Start?" debate caused ESPN executives to suffer a heretofore unknown medical condition where the irises of their eyes were replaced with dollar signs.  There is no cure.  We at the Recap will pray for their families in this difficult time.

 

Los Angeles Galaxy Defeat New England Revolution To Win MLS

My phone told me that this happened earlier this afternoon, and I was like "I'll take your word for it, phone."

 

See you next time!