January 30, 2023

TCU vs. Kansas State, Georgia vs. LSU, and more

TCU vs. Kansas State, Georgia vs. LSU, and more

Welcome to Conference Championship Weekend, where things go wrong.

With the College Football Playoff stadium revealed on Sunday, all that’s left to do is decide the winners for every conference across the country. And with No. 3 TCU’s 31-28 overtime loss to Kansas State in the Big 12 title game and No. 4 USC loses the Pac-12 championship to Utahthe debate is about to heat up.

While No. 1 Georgia and No. 2 Michigan seem to play an important role in getting to a four-team stadium, have TCU and USC played their way out of it? If so, is it fair that No. 5 Ohio State or No. 6 Alabama advance despite not playing this week? These are the questions the committee will have to answer on Sunday.

In the meantime, here are the breakdowns for today’s remaining conference games.

(Note: All times are ET, odds are from BetMGM)

SEC: No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 14 LSU

Time: 4 p.m. ET | Television: CBS | Font: Georgia -17.5 | Total 51.5

The Bulldogs seem locked into the College Football Playoff no matter what happens on Saturday. The conference title would be the 14th in school history and first since 2017 after losing to Alabama in the title game a year earlier. LSU, with three losses, is out of the playoff picture, but needs a win to go to the Sugar Bowl. Otherwise, the citrus bowl could be calling out. LSU last won the SEC title in 2019 on its way to the national title.

Big Ten: Purdue vs. No. 2 Michigan

Time: 8 p.m. | TV: Fox | Font: UM -17 | Total: 51.5

The Wolverines go on to capture two Big Ten titles in a row. Furthermore, a win guarantees Michigan a spot in the College Football Playoff. It’s hard to see Michigan get kicked off the field even with a loss, but the seeding is definitely at stake for the Wolverines. This is also a big problem for Purdue. The Boilermakers have never reached the Big Ten championship game before and have a chance to win the conference title for the first time since 2000. A win would earn Purdue a trip to the Rose Bowl.

ACC: No. 23 North Carolina vs. No. 9 Clemson

Time: 8 p.m. | Television: ABC | Line: Clemson -7.5 | Total: 63.5

While neither team in this game has a realistic shot at the playoffs, Clemson is in the eighth game for the ACC title in the 17 years it’s been around. Clemson won six consecutive ACC titles between 2015 and 2020 before his streak ended last year. Meanwhile, this is UNC’s second appearance in the ACC title game. North Carolina has not won a conference championship since 1980 and has not had a double-digit winning season since 2015.