The college football regular season comes to a close this weekend with 10 conference championship games. Only a few of those truly matter in terms of the College Football Playoff. Here’s a look at three of them, and check back late this week for an in-depth look at the Big 12 title game. The final rankings and playoff matchups will be set Sunday.
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5. Oklahoma State
6. Notre Dame
7. Ohio State
8. Ole Miss
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No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 3 Alabama
- When: Saturday, December 4th, 4:00pm ET
- Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
- 2021 SEC Championship Odds: Georgia Bulldogs -6.5
SEC Championship Game on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on CBS from Atlanta. If unbeaten Georgia wins, it will enter the College Football Playoff as the unquestioned top seed. If Alabama wins, that’s probably good for the SEC because then both the Tide and Dawgs will get in the playoff – although surely the committee won’t set it up where they’d play again in the semifinals.
This is the first time in 93 games that the Tide are underdog. They last were Oct. 3, 2015, when Alabama was a 1-point underdog at Georgia. Alabama won that game 38-10 and would be favored in its next 92 games. Overall, Alabama has been favored in 164 of its past 165 games. The Tide were last underdogs of six points or more in the 2008 SEC championship game, which they lost to Florida.
The Tide lead the all-time series 41-25-4 and are riding a six-game winning streak against the Bulldogs. That streak includes two SEC Championship wins, one College Football Playoff victory and last season’s 41-24 win in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 17. Alabama head coach Nick Saban is 8-2 all-time against Georgia, including a 6-1 mark leading the Tide. Kirby Smart is 0-3 in his career against Alabama. These teams didn’t play this season. Alabama is tied with Miami (Fla.) for the most wins all-time against the Associated Press Poll’s No. 1 team since the poll was introduced in 1936 with nine.
2021 SEC Championship Betting Pick: Alabama
No. 24 Houston at No. 4 Cincinnati
- When: Saturday, December 4th, 4:00pm ET
- Where: Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
- 2021 AAC Championship Odds: Cincinnati Bearcats -10
AAC Championship Game on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on ABC from Cincinnati. The Bearcats should become the first Group of 5 school to ever make the playoff with a win. There are rumblings that Notre Dame wants UC’s Luke Fickell as its next head coach. Cincinnati will look to improve to 13-0 for the first time in school history and secure its 16th all-time conference title.
The Cougars dropped their first game, 38-21, to Texas Tech, but have won 11 straight since, including all eight AAC games. Houston is No. 2 in the conference behind UC in both scoring offense (38.8) and scoring defense (19.8).
Cincinnati has won three straight in the series against Houston, including a 38-10 win in Cincinnati last November when the Bearcats rushed for 342 yards, including 103 yards and three touchdowns from quarterback Desmond Ridder.
2021 AAC Championship Pick: Houston
No. 5 Michigan vs. No. 16 Iowa
- When: Saturday, December 4th, 8:00pm ET
- Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
- 2021 Big Ten Championship Odds: Oklahoma State -4.5
Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday at 8 PM ET on Fox. Michigan will be in the playoff with a victory, while an Iowa upset would most likely keep the Big Ten out because every team would have at least two losses. It’s the first time in the Big Ten title game for Michigan after upsetting Ohio State last week. The Wolverines have won 11 games for the 10th time in school history.
U-M ranks among the top 15 nationally in scoring defense (8th) and scoring offense (13th), and ranks among the top 25 in the NCAA in 28 overall categories. Michigan has compiled a 42-15-4 record all-time against Iowa. Saturday’s game will mark 13th meeting between the two programs when both teams enter the game ranked in the Associated Press national poll. Michigan holds a 6-5-1 advantage in those top 25 matchups.
Iowa will make a QB change, going back to previous starter Spencer Petras. He entered last Friday’s game at Nebraska with Iowa trailing at halftime, 14-6. The Hawkeyes gained 229 second-half yards on 36 snaps (6.36 yards per play) vs. 135 on 28 snaps (4.82) in the first half time under Alex Padilla. Iowa scored the game’s final 22 points in a 28-21 win the delivered the Hawkeyes’ fourth 10-win regular season of the Kirk Ferentz era. Petras had lost the job to Padilla due to injury/ineffectiveness.
2021 Big Ten Championship Pick: Iowa
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