Welcome to conference championship weekend, where things get messy.
With the College Football Playoff field slated to be released on Sunday, all that remains is to determine the winners of each conference across the country. and with No. 3 TCU’s 31-28 overtime loss to Kansas State Big 12 title game and No. 4 USC lost the Pac-12 Championship to UtahThe debate is raging.
While No. 1 Georgia and No. 2 Michigan appear to be locks to make the four-team field, have TCU and USC played out of it? So, despite not playing this week, no. 5 Ohio State or no. 6 Is it fair that Alabama is ahead of them? The team will have to answer those questions on Sunday.
Meanwhile, here’s a breakdown of today’s remaining conference title games.
(Note: All times ET, odds from BetMGM)
SEC: NO. 1 Georgia vs. no. 14 LSU
Time: 4pm ET | TV: CBS | Line: Georgia -17.5 | A total of 51.5
Regardless of what happens Saturday, the Bulldogs seem locked in the College Football Playoff. A conference title is the 14th in school history and first since 2017 after losing to Alabama in the title game a year ago. LSU, with three losses, is out of the playoff picture, but needs to win to go to the Sugar Bowl. Otherwise, let’s call for a citrus bowl. LSU last won the SEC en route to a national title in 2019.
Big Ten: Purdue vs. No. 2 Michigan
Time: 8 pm | TV: Fox | Line: UM -17 | Total: 51.5
The Wolverines are coming off two consecutive Big Ten titles. On top of that, a win guarantees Michigan a spot in the College Football Playoff. It’s hard to see Michigan being eliminated from the field with even one loss, but the seeding is certainly at stake for the Wolverines. This is also a big deal for Purdue. The Boilermakers have never reached the Big Ten championship game and have a chance to win the conference title for the first time since 2000. A win would give Purdue a trip to the Rose Bowl.
ACC: NO. 23 North Carolina vs. no. 9 Clemson
Time: 8 pm | TV: ABC | Line: Clemson -7.5 | Total: 63.5
Although neither team has a realistic shot at the playoffs in this game, Clemson is playing in its eighth ACC title game in 17 years. Clemson won six consecutive ACC titles between 2015 and 2020 before ending last year. Meanwhile, this is UNC’s second appearance in the ACC title game. North Carolina hasn’t won a conference championship since 1980 and hasn’t had a season with double-digit wins since 2015.
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