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PUTTING IT ON THE LINE: With two NCAA college football championships to be determined this week, the NFC East champion and playoff-bound Cowboys wrap up the extended NFL regular season in Philadelphia

(FINAL SCOREBOARD UPDATE: 10:55 p.m., Monday, January 10, 2022)

Guaranteeing the Southeastern Conference its third straight national title and 12th champion in the past 16 seasons dating back to 2006, defending champion and top-ranked Alabama will face third-ranked Georgia in the College Football Playoff championship game Monday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The Crimson Tide (13-1) rolled past fourth-ranked Cincinnati, 27-6, in the Cotton Bowl Classic, while the Bulldogs (13-1) thrashed second-ranked Michigan, 34-11, in the Orange Bowl to set up the rematch of last season’s national title tilt.

But first, college football fans will have a chance to watch the FCS national championship game between second-ranked North Dakota State (13-1) and eighth-ranked Montana State (12-2) at noon Saturday at Toyota Stadium in Frisco. The North Dakota State Bison will be making their ninth national championship game appearance in the last 11 seasons.

Despite having the NFC East championship and a playoff berth secured for the first time since 2018, the Dallas Cowboys (11-5) will head to Philadelphia to face the playoff-bound arch rival Eagles (9-7) in a game that could shape seeding for the postseason Saturday at 7:15 p.m. But a surge of Covid-19 positives have forced both teams to make numerous roster moves, leaving much about the match-up in question.

THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel continues to pick their favorites NCAA championship games, while attempting to solve the puzzle of which NFL teams will make the playoffs in the final week of the 17-game regular season. Throughout the rest of the 2021 football season, THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel will test their luck picking the NFL playoffs on the road to Super Bowl LVI Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

Joining THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel this season will be Toney Rogers, a local business owner in the Heart of Texas, while Don Nicholas, Field Representative for U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), Meridian Yellowjacket football head coach Wade Morton and The Sports Buzz’ Brett Voss return from last year.

Making an impressive showing during yet another week of college bowl game upsets, Toney (10-5) rules the week to set up for a late season surge. But Wade (9-6) held him off while Brett (8-7) and Don (8-7) were forced to finish strong to break .500 for the week.

Join us every Thursday throughout the 2021 football season as THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick their winners for a select group of the week’s high school games, your favorite college teams from the NCAA Div. I, Div. II and Div. III, as well as the state’s two NFL teams, the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans, and the postseason all the way to Super Bowl LVI.

Be sure to make your picks as well!

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