Championship week got off to a flying start on Friday night as Utah and UTSA won the Pac-12 and Conference USA title matches, respectively. It was Utah’s second win over the Ducks – who have already found themselves deep in the college football playoffs – and like the one at the start of the season, it wasn’t particularly close. The Roadrunners played in a more exciting game, overtaking the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 49-41 in a shootout to win C-USA.
Saturday is more the same, with a list of eight games for the conference title ahead of us. We’ve taken a look at the five most exciting and must-sees, so let’s go.
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5 Big Ten: No.2 Michigan (-11.5) vs. No.13 Iowa
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The Wolverines are in tears right now, knocking out rival Ohio State last week and moving up to second in the latest CFP standings. Now they just have to stay there. The 10-2 Hawkeyes (7-2, Big Ten) won the West, winning a clash with Jim Harbaugh and Michigan in the title game.
Based on Michigan’s recent performances, it’s easy to anticipate a comfortable win for the Wolverines. Will Iowa be able to slow down Michigan’s powerful marching attack?
Line of play: Michigan -11,5, Iowa +400 ML, O / U 43,5
Time: 20 h HE
4 ACC: Pitt n ° 15 (-3.5) against Wake Forest n ° 16
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College football playoffs aren’t in the mix for the CCA title game, but two of the nation’s top quarterbacks face off in Charlotte on Saturday night. Kenny Pickett, ACC Player of the Year and long-standing Heisman contender, led the Panthers to a Coastal Division title. All-ACC second-team QB Sam Hartman and the Demon Deacons knocked down Clemson in the Atlantic Division, ending the Tigers’ six-game streak.
It’ll almost certainly be a shootout – which is clear with this 70.5 O / U – and don’t expect to see much (if any) defense.
Line of play: Pittsburgh -3,5, Wake Forest +133, O/U 70,5
3 Big 12: No. 9 Baylor contre No. 5 Oklahoma State (-6,5)
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Woo boy, the stakes are high. Depending on what happens elsewhere on Saturday, the Cowboys could aim for a place in the CFP with a win. Like Notre Dame – who doesn’t play in a conference title game as an Independent – OSU has to get help from Houston, Georgia and / or Iowa if they want.
Oklahoma State is on a five-game winning streak and has lost just three points to Iowa State after going undefeated. Baylor will be looking to play spoiler and avenge a 10-point loss to those same Cowboys from the start of the season.
Line of play: Oklahoma State -6.5, Baylor +190 ML, O / U 45.5
2 SEC: Georgia # 1 (-6.5) vs. Alabama # 3
It could be a low pressure affair for the Bulldogs – win or lose, Georgia is in it. UGA even has a high probability of remaining No. 1 regardless of Saturday afternoon’s result. Alabama, on the other hand, might need a win to compete for the national championship. Bama’s only loss this season came from three points against Texas A&M.
The Georgian defense has stifled the entire season, with no opponent scoring more than 17 points against Kirby Smart’s side. If this sounds like a national title game instead of a conference game, that’s because it probably could be.
Line of play: Georgia -6.5, Alabama +210 ML, O / U 48.5
Time: 16 h HE
1 AAC : No. 4. Cincinnati (-10,5) contre No. 21 Houston
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No pressure, Cincinnati, but the hopes and dreams of a Group of 5 team making the MFF rest entirely on your shoulders. The Bearcats are one of two undefeated teams (with Georgia being the other), and they’re currently at No.4. You’d think it’s a win situation and they are in situation (we saw the the committee does crazier things, to be honest) but it won’t be a walk in the park for Desmond Ridder and Cincy.
Houston has lost just one game this season – game opener against Texas Tech – and the Cougars are undefeated in conference. Quarterback Clayton Tune threw for 3,013 yards and 26 touchdowns, so it could end up being a shootout.
Line of play: Cincinnati -10,5, Houston +320 ML, O/U 52,5
Time: 16 h HE
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