17- Oregon State (10-3) – A big year for the Beavers that culminated in a 30-3 blowout for Florida in the Las Vegas Bowl. Oregon State leads Florida, 30-3, with the Gators holding just 219 yards of offense. Oregon is celebrating its first 10-win season since 2006.
“If you look back five years ago and say, ‘Hey, you guys are going to have 10 wins, you’re going to win the Las Vegas title and beat the SEC,’ there would be a lot of people laughing,” Oregon State linebacker Jack Coleto said. At the end of the implementation and do so. So five years from now, who knows where we could be? “
18 – Notre Dame (9-4) – The Fighting Irish caught five touchdowns from Tyler Buchner in a 45-38 victory over South Carolina in the Gator Bowl. The Irish finished 2022 with six wins in their last seven games, including best-of-25 victories over Syracuse, Clemson, and the Gamecocks.
19 – Troy (12-2) – In a battle between top 25 teams, Troy of the Sun Belt beat UTSA of Conference USA, 18-12, in the Cure Bowl. Both teams fell short of the Six’s chance at the New Year, but the Trojans head into 2023 with 12-win season momentum.
20- Mississippi (9-4) Mourning came through for the Mississippi Bulldogs with an own victory against Illinois in the bowls season. The first game since the death of Mike Leach, Mississippi State won with a 27-yard field goal followed by a miraculous 60-yard score. This is Zach Arnett’s first victory as a full-time head coach, 19-10 over the Illini.