Hey, it’s championship weekend in college football! With so much at stake, we pick out the five best games of the weekend. One question: why do all these games start at the same time?
#9 Kansas State at #6 Baylor
Will Bryce Petty suit up for this contest? Will the Baylor defense that allowed Texas Tech to come frighteningly close to an improbable fourth quarter come back show more against the Wildcats? Will Bill Snyder pull off another miracle and claim a share of the conference crown? There are lots of questions in this one. This is the biggest game of the weekend from a local perspective, and it can be seen 6:45 CT on ESPN.
Pac-12 Championship: #7 Arizona vs. #2 Oregon, Friday
If only I cared about this game. Both teams rank in the top 20 in points per game (Oregon at 4 and Arizona at 20) and the over/under for this game (73) is a good two touchdowns higher than any of the other championship games, Baylor and K-State included, so it should be an exciting game. Too bad it kicks off at the exact time that KU/Florida starts. Tune into Fox for this contest directly after watching hoops.
ACC Championship: #4 Florida State vs. #11 Georgia Tech
Is there a single person with allegiances outside of Florida State that is actually cheering on the Seminoles? Probably not, and of all the big time championship contenders, a Florida State loss seems the most likely. Florida State has not really beaten a good team (Notre Dame doesn’t count) and have scraped by on guile and luck in quite a few of their games. If the Seminoles 28-game winning streak ends at the hands of the Yellow Jackets and their triple option offense, it will open the door for a Big 12 team. Game time is 7:00 CT on ABC.
SEC Championship: #1 Alabama vs. #16 Missouri
Missouri has nothing to lose. After winning the SEC "Least", the Tigers will be on a high of winning their division for a second straight year. Alabama, meanwhile, shouldn’t be looking past the Tigers with so much at stake. They outlasted Auburn last weekend and know that a win will guarantee them the #1 overall seed in the playoff. Expect Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide to bring their A game to Atlanta. Kickoff is set for 3:00 CT on CBS.
Big Ten Championship: #5 Ohio State vs. #13 Wisconsin
Ohio State has dealt with so much in the last few days that a let down against Wisconsin wouldn’t be a shock to anyone. But then again, coming together and winning against the odds wouldn't surprise many people either. However it goes, this game will not be without its storylines, and a win by the Buckeyes combined with other results could be enough to catapult them into the playoff. Game time is 7:17 CT on Fox.