Final takeaways from College Football Playoff semifinals

Michigan football and Washington won a pair of classic College Football Playoff games and here are our final takeaways.

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh waves at fans to celebrate a 27-20 Rose Bowl win over Alabama at
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh waves at fans to celebrate a 27-20 Rose Bowl win over Alabama at / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK
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The wrong guy won the Heisman

I voted for Michael Penix Jr. in the Heisman Trophy balloting and frankly, he got robbed. Jayden Daniels had great stats, but Penix Jr. has done more to transcend his team than any other player in college football.

Washington wouldn't be in the College Football Playoff or playing for the national title without Michael Penix Jr. He's thrown for over 4,500 yards two years in a row and was elite again on Monday night, winning the Sugar Bowl Offensive MVP.

Against three top-10 opponents this season, Penix has averaged 350 passing yards per game. He had 430 against Texas and two touchdowns. Daniels is a spectacular player too, but like the NFL MVP, it's often clear after the bowl season that the Heisman went to the wrong person and this is one of the most clear instances in the history of the award in my eyes.