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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Championship Saturday Recap

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In just a few short hours, the college football selection committee will decide the four teams that will participate in the 2021 College Football Playoff. 

And while we truly never know which way the committee is going to go, Saturday’s results give us a pretty clear picture. Seeding should be the only question as we await the final college football playoff rankings, which will be unveiled Sunday at noon ET. 

So, let’s take a look at what went down on Championship Saturday in college football. 

Baylor ends Oklahoma State’s CFP hopes

Welcome to the new Big 12.

For years, the conference was regarded as nothing more than basketball on grass. Explosive offenses and sieve-like defenses ruled the day. 

No more. 

Baylor’s defense came up huge with two goal line stands, the second with under 30 seconds to go in the fourth quarter, and the Bears ended Oklahoma State’s chance at the College Football Playoff, winning their third Big 12 Championship in school history in a 21-16 victory. 

All year long, the best unit for Mike Gundy’s team has been his defense, and they were once again on Saturday, giving Oklahoma State’s offense every chance to win the game. Down 21-3 in the second quarter, the Cowboys defense stifled Baylor the rest of the way, holding the Bears scoreless in the second half. But it was the Baylor defense that made the game-deciding play. 

Needing a touchdown, Oklahoma State’s offense took over with 3:14 to go in the game, driving down to the Baylor two-yard line. After two run plays and an incomplete pass, Oklahoma State handed the ball to running back Dezmon Jackson on fourth down, who came up just inches short of completing an 18-point comeback. 

“When I saw the running back with the ball, I thought I’ve got to run this guy down,” Baylor safety Jairon McVea said. “The ref signaled not a touchdown, so when I saw that I was pretty happy.”

Without leading rusher Jaylen Warren — out with ankle and shoulder injuries — Oklahoma State’s offense struggled to move the ball, the running game was non-existent (70 yards on 40 attempts), and quarterback Spencer Sanders threw a career high four interceptions. 

“They’re heartsick, they’re heartbroken, because they did everything I asked them to do,” Cowboys defensive coordinator Jim Knowles said. “I wish I had one more better call in the first half. 

“I wish I could do something for them, but all I can do is tell them I love them.”

Baylor finishes the regular season 11-2 after a year in which they won just two games. 

Cincinnati completes undefeated regular season, in prime position for CFP berth

The Bearcats entered halftime up just one, clinging to a 14-13 lead over a Houston team that had won 11 games in a row. 

They took the field for the second half and quickly put the game to rest. 

Three quick third quarter touchdowns by Cincinnati put them up 35-13, and Luke Fickell’s team completed their undefeated season as they now wait on being selected as the first Group of Five team to the CFP. 

“The resounding statement is what we did on that football field,” Fickell said. “Nobody is going to call and ask us what we think. I don’t think these guys can be denied that opportunity. It would be a shame.”

Cincinnati running back Jerome Ford carried the ball 18 times for 187 yards and two touchdowns — including runs of 79 and 42 yards — and quarterback Desmond Ridder threw for three touchdowns in a 35-20 victory. 

Cincinnati has done all it can in order to impress the playoff committee, and more than enough in the eyes of Houston head coach Dana Holgorsen.

“We went toe to toe with them for as long as we could,” Holgorsen said. “They are first-class and deserving of top four. I don’t know how you keep Cincinnati out.”

Alabama finally puts it all together, hands Georgia first loss 

The question as the SEC Championship Game approached was whether Georgia’s historically great defense would continue their dominant run against a Heisman trophy contender in Bryce Young. 

The answer? A resounding no.

Coming into the game, 387 yards was the most Georgia’s defense had allowed in a single game. Alabama had 365 yards … in the first half. 

Young’s performance — 26-44, 421 yards, three touchdowns — may have locked up the Heisman, and Nick Saban moved to 4-0 against Kirby Smart in a 41-24 Alabama win. 

“He played great tonight,” Saban said of Young. “He’s played great for us all year long.”

Alabama finished the night with 536 total yards, and will now head to a seventh College Football Playoff. Georgia will be at the mercy of the committee as to where they’re ranked in the top-four. 

“We didn’t play our best game,” Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean said. “We’ve got a lot to work on.”

Georgia jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but Alabama scored on five straight possessions starting in the second quarter, and a Bulldogs offense which hasn’t had to win a game all season was unable to muster a comeback.  

Quarterback Stetson Bennett threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns, but two second half interceptions doomed Georgia’s comeback attempt. 

“Can’t turn the ball over,” Bennett said. “Just little mental lapses. That can’t happen.”

The turnaround at Michigan is complete

Welcome to the party, Michigan. 

A week after beating Ohio State for the first time since 2011, Jim Harbaugh and his Wolverines had one more hill to climb before a chance at playing in the CFP for the first time. 

In a game without a ton of a thrill, Michigan dominated Iowa 42-3, securing their first BIG 10 Championship since 2004. 

“The beginning of the year, the odds, I don’t know whatever it was — it was 2% likely we’d win the Big Ten championship,” Michigan offensive lineman Andrew Vastardis said. “That was preseason predictions. I don’t know how it works out, but we believe in each other. We believe in ourselves, but there’s always a little external motivation. So internally motivated, bring each guy along, but sometimes just some of the stuff that’s out there, you just take it and ride with it and fuel the fire.”

Two explosive first quarter plays put Michigan up 14-0, and the defense took it the rest of the way. 

Running back Blake Corum ripped off a 67-yard touchdown to put Michigan on the scoreboard, and then the Wolverines pulled off some trickery. 

Michigan’s defense suffocated the Iowa offense all night long, allowing just 279 total yards in the game. 

The question now becomes whether Michigan moves up No. 1 in the CFP ranking, or if Alabama’s win over Georgia was impressive enough for the Crimson Tide to grab the top spot. 

Other Scores: 

ACC Championship Game: Pittsburgh 45 Wake Forest 21

Mountain West Championship Game: Utah State 46 San Diego State 13

Sun Belt Championship Game: Louisiana Lafayette 24 Appalachian State 16

Pac 12 Championship Game: Utah 38 Oregon 10

Joe Morgan is the Sports Reporter for The Daily Wire. Most recently, Morgan covered the Clippers, Lakers, and the NBA for Sporting News. Send your sports questions to sports@dailywire.com.

The views expressed in this piece are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Wire.

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Twitter suspends accounts promoting Philippines’ presidential hopeful Marcos Jr

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Twitter has suspended hundreds of accounts reportedly linked to supporters of Philippine presidential frontrunner Ferdinand Marcos Jr, which the social media giant said had violated its rules on manipulation and spam.

The son and namesake of the country’s former dictator is drawing support from a massive social media campaign seeking to get him elected in May, which critics say is attempting to rewrite the family’s history.

Twitter said it had reviewed the accounts and hashtags identified in a recent article by Philippine news site Rappler.

More than 300 accounts had been removed “for violating our platform manipulation and spam policy,” Twitter said in a statement sent to AFP Saturday.

Most of them had been taken down before the Rappler article was published on Tuesday and an investigation was ongoing, it said.

Filipinos are among the world’s heaviest users of social media and the country has become a key battleground for fake news.

“With the Philippine elections taking place this May, we remain vigilant about identifying and eliminating suspected information campaigns targeting election conversations,” Twitter said.

Marcos Jr’s spokesman Vic Rodriguez said there was “no certainty” that all the suspended accounts belonged to supporters of the presidential hopeful.

Election victory for Marcos Jr would mark the ultimate political comeback for the family, which was chased into exile in the United States after its patriarch’s humiliating downfall in 1986.

Marcos Sr and his wife Imelda were accused of massive corruption while in power.

Recent voter surveys show Marcos Jr holding a huge lead over his nearest rival and nemesis Leni Robredo, who is the incumbent vice president.

Rappler said Marcos Jr supporters were “looking to dominate Twitter” and that many of the accounts it investigated were created around the time he announced his bid for the presidency in October.

The accounts pushed the narrative that the Marcoses were “victims” of the 1986 revolt and their return to Malacanang presidential palace is “long overdue”, it added.

Twitter said sharing political content on an account or rallying people do so via hashtags was allowed, “unless the accounts are inauthentic, compensated or automated, which we see no clear evidence of in this case.”

Last Monday, the social media giant said it was expanding a test feature that will allow users in Brazil, Spain and the Philippines to report misleading content.

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CBN to roll out e-invoice, e-valuator for imports, exports February 1

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From February 1, 2022, all import and export operations would require the submission of an electronic invoice and electronic valuator authenticated by the authorised dealer banks on the Nigeria Single Window portal, (Trade Monitoring System), the Central Bank of Nigeria has said.

This was disclosed in a circular released at the weekend and signed by CBN’s Director, Trade and Exchange Department, Dr. O. S. Nnaji.

According to the banking sector regulator, the e-invoice and e-valuator ar consistent with its desire to promote ease of doing business and engendering transparency in the economy.

The circular was titled: “Guidelines on the introduction of e-valuation, e-invoicing for import and export in Nigeria.”

It informed dealers and the general public that the introduction of e-valuator and e-invoice replaced the hard copy final invoice as part of the documentation required for all import and export transactions.

“This new regulation is primarily aimed at achieving accurate value from import and export items in and out of Nigeria,” it said.

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The apex bank added that the e-invoicing guidelines required that products that were more than 2.5 per cent around the vertical price would be queried and would not be allowed successful completion of Form M or Form NXP as the case may be.

According to the circular, an importer/exporter of goods into Nigeria must ensure that the purchase/sale contract with a foreign supplier/buyer stipulates compliance with the obligations set out in this regulation.

The CBN further explained that the supplier’s/seller’s invoice must be submitted in electronic format and authenticated by authorised dealer bank as part of the documentation for payment.

“No importer/exporter may effect payment to the credit of any foreign supplier unless the electronic invoice has been authenticated by authorised dealer banks presented together with the relevant document for payments,” it added.

The CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, recently assured Nigerians of various efforts and initiatives aimed at bolstering the economy for the good of the country.

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Uzodimma turns Imo into counterfeit, says Okorocha

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Senator Rochas Okorocha said the government in Imo is now a counterfeit of what a state government should be under Governor Hope Uzodimma.

The former governor, now representing Imo West senatorial District, said Uzodimma does not have what it takes to govern a people in a democracy.

Okorocha stated this in a press release signed by his Special Adviser Media, Sam Onwuemeodo and made available to newsmen in Owerri.

“Imo State and her people have not known peace since Chief Uzodimma became governor. They have only been hearing stories of killings, arson, kidnapping, invasion, rituals, what they never witnessed when the righteous ones were in power or on the throne.

“Governor Uzodimma and his government have become itching experiences Imo people won’t forget in a hurry. The government has made Imo people see their ears with their eyes. And the daily prayer on the lips of every sincere Imo man or woman has been, “may this nauseating cup run over

“During my governorship for 8 years, militancy was a big issue in the oil-producing areas of Ohaji, Egbema and Oguta. I didn’t begin to supervise the killings. As a leader of his people, I employed and deployed diplomacy and got that problem solved.

“But under Governor Uzodimma, the killing of Imo people seems to have become the rule, instead of the exception. And the government is not regretting the killings, but only labouring to justify them.

“Under my administration, the opposition was encouraged to function unhindered. Every part of the state was alive and bubbling. Today, no part of the state is functioning. They are after the opposition. And they are not humble about their cluelessness and ineptitude.”

Reacting to news of the 11-year-old boy, Somtochukwu who lost his life during the relocation of EkeUkwu market, Okorocha said trying to justify the mindless and gruesome murder of innocent youths, men, women, and traditional rulers under his governorship portrays Uzodimma as one who came to destroy and not to build.

Governor Uzodimma had through his Information Commissioner, Mbadiwe Emelumba said, Okorocha ordered the killing of the 11-year old boy during the relocation of the Ekeukwu market in Owerri.

Okorocha said they failed to tell their audience what was the co-relation between the relocation of the Ekeukwu market and the death of the young boy.

He said trying to use intimidation and deceit to explain away the traumatic experience his government has brought to Imo people, will not work.

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