It may be hard to top last week’s amazing line-up of rival college football games, but Dec. 7 may do just that because of the conference championship games. The NCAA gridiron match-ups begin on Thursday, Dec. 5 and continue until late in the night on Saturday, Dec. 7.
The biggest and most anticipated conference championship games include the SEC match-up between No. 3 Auburn and No. 5 Missouri. On Dec. 3, Bleacher Report predicted that the game would be a “cat fight.” The 2-point spread opened in Auburn’s favor, but this championship game could come down to the wire, or even go into overtime.
Another not-to-be-missed game on Saturday is the Big 10 championship match-up between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 10 Michigan State. Anthony Riccobono from IBT wrote on Wednesday, “A win for Ohio State would likely guarantee them a spot in the national title game.” Due to Alabama’s stunning loss last week, Ohio State is now No. 2 in the BCS poll, behind only Florida State University. Ohio State opened as a 6-point favorite.
The No. 1 team in the nation, the Seminoles from Florida State, will face the Blue Devils from Duke, which finished the 2013 regular season with a record ten wins, earning its first ever trip to the ACC championship game. FSU is the heavy favorite, but with Duke remaining its final opponent before heading to the Rose Bowl on Jan. 6 for the BCS title game, it will be imperative that the Noles play as hard, if not harder, than they have all season. ESPN predicted that the TV audience would be huge, despite a 30-point spread, because so much is on the line.
So, grab a beer and a bowl of chips because NCAA college football never disappoints, especially this time of year. Below is the TV schedule for the conference championships this weekend, including a full slate of games on Saturday, Dec. 7. All times are EST.
Thursday, Dec. 5:
- MAC: No. 19 Louisville at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN
Friday, Dec. 6:
- USA: Bowling Green vs. No. 14 Northern Illinois, 8 p.m. on ESPN2
Saturday, Dec. 7:
- 12 Noon: No. 17 Oklahoma at No. 6 Oklahoma State, ABC
- 12 Noon: No. 16 UCF at Southern Methodist, ESPN
- 12 Noon: Marshall at Rice, ESPN2
- 3:30 p.m.: No. 25 Texas at No. 9 Baylor, FOX
- 4 p.m.: No. 5 Missouri vs. No. 3 Auburn, CBS
- 7:30 p.m.: South Florida at Rutgers, ESPN2
- 7:45 p.m.: No. 7 Stanford at No. 11 Arizona State, ESPN
- 8 p.m.: No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 20 Duke, ABC
- 8:17 p.m.: No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 10 Michigan State, FOX
- 10 p.m.: Utah State at No. 23 Fresno State, CBS
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