Welcome to the weekend of the conference championship.
With the College Football Playoff field unveiled on Sunday, all that remains is to determine the winners of each conference across the country. And while teams like Georgia and Michigan seem to be locks to make it to the four-team field, TCU probably needs to win the conference to ensure a shot at the national title. And No. 4 USC may already be in trouble after losing to Utah in Friday’s Pac-12 title game.
Here’s an overview of each of today’s major title games.
(Note: all times ET, odds from BetMGM)
Big 12: No. 3 TCU vs. No. 10 Kansas State
Time: noon ET | TV: ABC | Line: TCU -2.5 | Total 62
A win secures TCU its first College Football Playoff berth in the school’s history. The Horned Frogs could still be in the playoffs even with a loss to Kansas State, but we’re sure TCU fans don’t want to sweat it. The Wildcats are playing for their first Big 12 title since 2003 and just their fourth overall conference title. KSU goes to the Sugar Bowl no matter what happens on Saturday.
SEC: No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 14 LSU
Time: 4pm ET | TV: CBS| Line: Georgia -17.5 | Total 51.5
The Bulldogs look locked into the College Football Playoff no matter what happens on Saturday. A conference title would be the 14th in school history and the first since 2017 after losing to Alabama in the title game a year ago. LSU, with three losses, is out of the playoffs, but must win to advance to the Sugar Bowl. Otherwise, the Citrus Bowl could call. LSU last won the SEC in 2019 en route to the national title.
Big Ten: Purdue vs. No. 2 Michigan
Time: 8pm | TV: Fox | Line: UM -17 | Total: 51.5
The Wolverines are going for two Big Ten titles in a row. In addition, a win secures Michigan a spot in the College Football Playoff. It’s hard to see Michigan even knocked out with a loss, but placement is definitely on the line for the Wolverines. This is also a big deal for Purdue. The Boilermakers have never reached the Big Ten championship game before and are in contention for the conference title for the first time since 2000. A win earns Purdue a trip to the Rose Bowl.
ACC: No. 23 North Carolina vs. No. 9 Clemson
Time: 8pm | TV: ABC | Line: Clemson -7.5 | Total: 63.5
While neither team has a realistic shot at the playoffs in this game, Clemson is playing in his eighth ACC title game in its 17 years. Clemson won six consecutive ACC titles between 2015 and 2020 before the streak ended last year. Meanwhile, it is UNC’s second-ever appearance in the ACC title game. North Carolina has not won a conference championship since 1980, and has not won a double-digit winning season since 2015.