Welcome to Conference Championship Weekend.
With the College Football Playoff field set to be revealed Sunday, all that’s left to do is decide the winner of each conference across the country. While teams like Georgia and Michigan appear to have locked up four-team play, TCU will likely need to win the conference to secure a national title. No. 4 USC may be in trouble after Friday’s loss to Utah in the Pac-12 title game.
Here’s a breakdown of each major conference championship game today.
(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 ensures TCU is in the College Football Playoff for the first time in school history. Even with a loss to Kansas State, the Horned Frogs could still make the playoffs, but we’re sure TCU fans don’t want to give a damn about that. The Wildcats are chasing their first Big 12 title since 2003 and their fourth overall. No matter what happens on Saturday, KSU is headed to the Sugar Bowl.
SEC: No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 14 LSU
When: 4 p.m. ET | TV: CBS | Line: Georgia-17.5 | Total 51.5
No matter what happens Saturday, the Bulldogs appear to be locked into the College Football Playoff. The conference champion will be the 14th in school history and the first since 2017, when it lost the title game to Alabama a year ago. LSU, which lost three games, was ruled out of the playoffs but needed wins to get into the sugar bowl. Otherwise, the citrus bowl might be calling. The last time LSU won the SEC was in 2019, with a national title on the way.
Big Ten: Purdue vs. No. 2 Michigan
Time: 8 p.m. | TV: Fox | Line: UM-17 | Total: 51.5
The Wolverines would go on to win two straight Big Ten titles. Most importantly, a win secured Michigan’s place in the College Football Playoff. Even with a loss, it’s tough to see Michigan knocked out, but for the Wolverines, the seed is certainly at stake. It’s a big deal for Purdue, too. The Boilermakers have never been to a Big Ten championship game before and have a chance to win their first division title since 2000. A win would earn Purdue a trip to the Rose Bowl.
ACC: No. 23 North Carolina vs. No. 9 Clemson
When: 8 p.m. | TV: ABC | Line: Clemson-7.5 | Total: 63.5
While neither team in this game has a realistic chance of making the playoffs, Clemson is entering its eighth ACC championship game in 17 years. Clemson had six straight ACC titles between 2015 and 2020, ending last year. Also, this is UNC’s second appearance in the ACC Championship Game. North Carolina hasn’t won a division title since 1980 and hasn’t had a double-digit winning season since 2015.