Big Board: Week 11 

Bo Nix

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee put out an interesting second rankings on Tuesday. 

The top-four went unchanged after the initial CFP rankings had No. 1 Ohio State, No. 2 Georgia, No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Florida State all in their first ballot. 

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After the committee cast its second rankings, the top-four remained the same. Changes were made to the back end of the top-10, however, as Ole Miss rose to No. 9 and Penn State climbed to No. 10. 

Here are several players and notes to keep a tab on in this week’s Big Board. 

A look at the Southeastern Conference title picture 

As the conference championship season draws nearer, things in the SEC are shaping up to come down to the wire. 

Like last week, when the Big Board took a look at the Big 12 championship picture, the SEC has a lot of moving parts. 

Sitting atop the East Division is 9-0 Georgia which boasts a 6-0 conference record. The Bulldogs should have the division all but locked up, as a second-place tie between Missouri and Tennessee have them both 3-2 in conference play. 

On the other side of the conference in the West Division, things are a bit muddier. Alabama is currently is first place with a perfect 6-0 record. 

But right behind the Crimson Tide is 5-1 Ole Miss, which has a date with Georgia on Saturday. The Crimson Tide last week defeated LSU which is in third place in the West Division, so Alabama has a good grip on the division. 

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As things stand, it could come down to an Alabama-Georgia matchup in the SEC title game for the second time in three years. 

An update on the Michigan sign stealing investigation 

Every day there seems to be something new uncovered in the NCAA’s investigation into alleged sign stealing by the Michigan football program. 

Over the weekend, Connor Stalions, the subject of the sign stealing investigation and who purchased tickets to over 30 games over the past three seasons, resigned from the Michigan program, according to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN

Last week, Big Ten athletics directors and coaches met with commissioner Tony Petitti to discuss the ongoing NCAA investigation. There was a sense of a change in tenor in the meetings focused on discipline of the Wolverines program. 

According to Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic, “Michigan sent the Big Ten and NCAA documents it says show that Ohio State and Rutgers communicated the Wolverines’ signals to Purdue ahead of the 2022 Big Ten title game.” 

According to Pete Thamel of ESPN on Monday, “any action by the Big Ten in the Michigan sign stealing case for at least the next 48 hours” is unexpected. The Big Ten could take action under its sportsmanship policy, though “they’ll be a legal battle if there’s a punitive suspention by the Big Ten to Jim Harbaugh.” 

Bo Nix, Oregon 

There were plenty of touchdowns coming Bo Nix’s way last Saturday. 

The Oregon quarterback accounted for six touchdowns against Cal, throwing for four and rushing for two more. It set a career-high for the fifth-year gunslinger. 

Nix had touchdown passes of 48, 14, 7 and 4 yards, and he ran in scores from 1 yard out twice. 

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Oregon’s offense is firing on all cylinders under Nix and head coach Dan Lanning. The Ducks have the No. 1 scoring offense averaging 47.4 points per game and the No. 2 total offense averaging 538.7 yards per game behind LSU. 

The Ducks will face USC, Arizona State and Oregon State to round out the regular season over the next three weeks. They’re currently second in the Pac-12 standings and have a shot to make it to the conference title game. 

Nix’s current Heisman Trophy odds are +180, which are the second-best odds behind only Washington’s Michael Penix Jr.