Five things we learned on an unpredictable Black F

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Five things we learned on an unpredictable Black F

Black Friday is full of unpredictability. Manywake up wondering, "Will my pants still fit after that Thanksgiving feast?" Or you may worry you'llmi s out on the last remaining laptopduring that 50-percent-off Black Friday sale.Well, if you turned on your TV to watch college football Friday hoping for some predictability, sorry. Top 25 teams Nebraska, Boise State and Houston all were upset, Arizona Cardinals Jackets as was heavy favoriteNorth Carolina.MORE: Here are a few observations on a day that gave "Black Friday" new meaning for several teams that saw their postseason hopes fizzle:1. It will be tough to surpa s Washington for the College Football Playoff. On a day when several favored teams were upset by conference or in-state rivals, the No. 5 Huskies took care of busine s against No. 23 Washington State.Their convincing 45-17 victory for the Apple Cup (you have to love the name) is yet another piece of evidence for the College Football Playoff selection committeeto consider when it sets the four-team field in early December. First things first, however;Chris Petersen's team must win the Pac-12 championship game Dec. 2 in Levi's Stadium.Washington will face Colorado (if the Buffaloes beatUtah on Saturday) or USC. IfWashington wins the Pac-12 title game to improve to 12 Kyler Murray T Shirts -1, it will be awfully hard for the committee to pa s up a one-lo s conference champion, even if the Huskies lack the pedigree of the other powerhouse schools still in the mix.BENDER: 2. Air Force seems to own Boise State now. No. 19 Boise State desperatelyneeded a win against Air Force on Friday to keep alive its hopes of playing in the Mountain West title game, but the Falcons (9-3) jumped out to a 14-point lead and held on to beat the Broncos 27-20.If this scenario sounds familiar, it is the Falcons have now beatenBoise State (10-2) three straight seasons. That's almostunheard of in a conference Boise State has long dominated. Only , Idaho (1982-93) and Nevada (1996-98), have beatenthe Broncos in three straight seasons.3. Did coaching rumorsdistractHouston in its upset lo s to Memphis? A week after an upset victoryover No. Michael Dogbe Jersey 5Louisville, the Cougars came out flat against the Tigers and lost 48-44. It's difficult to imagine the No. 18 Cougars weren'tdistracted by the ince sant speculation about coach Tom Herman's future.The Cougars (9-3) are bowl-bound, but Herman's fate (is he going to LSU? Texas?)is anyone's gue s. Asked before the game about a report tying him to another job, Herman toldESPN,"Honestly, don't believe anything that you read."MORE: 4. North Carolina State's winmight save its coach'sjob. The Leki Fotu Jersey natives in Raleigh had been getting restle s with Dave Doeren, who entered Friday's game against in-state rival North Carolina with a 23-26 record (8-23 ACC) in four seasons. The Wolfpack's 28-21 upset victory over the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill will definitely take off some of the pre sure.The Tar Heels were 10 1/2-point favorites, but the Wolfpact controlled the game from the outset, leading 28-7 after three quarters. The victory evened theWolfpack's record at 6-6 and clinched bowl eligibility.MORE: 5. North Carolina blew a chance at a special season. Just over two weeks ago, the Tar Heels were 7-2 and bidding to repeat as the ACC's Coastal Division champions. On Friday, their hopes of returning to the ACC championship game had been dashed. Their lo s put Virginia Tech into next week's conference title game in Orlando against Atlantic Division champion Clemson.The Tar Heels can only think about what might have been, first with its 28-27 lo s two weeks ago to underdog Duke, and then Friday'sdefeat to the underdog Wolfpack. Sure, North Carolina will still get a nicebowl trip, but it won't be playing for an ACC championship Patrick Peterson T Shirts , nor will it be playing in a major bowl.
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