Conference championship week is here. Now, we get to enjoy the best each conference has to offer.
The four Power 5 conference championship games start Friday night with the Pac 12 championship game and continue into Saturday night, when both the Big 10 and ACC championship games kicking off at 8 p.m. There is also a fifth de-facto title game in the Big 12, when Oklahoma hosts Oklahoma State to determine which Big 12 team is heading for a New Year’s Six Bowl.
Here is a quick schedule and breakdown of each of the four conference title games:
Pac-12: Washington vs. Colorado, 9 p.m. Friday at Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA. (FOX)
This game features a legitimate playoff contender in Washington against one of the best turnaround stories in college football in Colorado, as the Buffaloes have finished last in the South each year until this one since moving to the Pac-12 in 2011.
SEC: Alabama vs. Florida, 4 p.m. Saturday at the Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA. (CBS)
Alabama is seeking to win its third straight SEC championship, which hasn’t been accomplished in the league since Florida won four in a row from 1992-96. The Tide are coming off a perfect 12-0 regular season, and have all but locked up a spot in the College Football Playoff. But in a rematch of last year’s SEC Championship, which Alabama won 29-15, can Florida spoil the Tide’s perfect season?
Big 10: Penn State vs. Wisconsin, 8 p.m. Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN. (FOX)
Ahh, no Ohio State in this one. Every SEC fan can celebrate the fact that the Buckeyes, despite the fact that they are likely heading for the College Football Playoff, didn’t even win their own division and thus will be sitting on the couch come Saturday. The Buckeyes will be forced to watch the Penn State Nittany Lions, which handed Ohio State its only loss of the season with a 24-21 back in October, will take on Wisconsin, which finished the season 10-2.
ACC: Clemson vs. Virginia Tech, 8 p.m. Saturday at Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL. (ABC)
After dominating South Carolina 56-7 Saturday night, Clemson will enter the ACC Championship as heavy favorites against the Hokies, which are making their first appearance in the title game since 2011. Despite losing to Pittsburgh earlier this month, a win in this one will likely put Clemson into the College Football Playoff for a second consecutive season.