TCU-Kansas State rematch highlights conference title matchups
Another regular season has come to a close, and the conference title matchups are all set for next weekend.
A number of teams will be fighting for more than just a conference title, as one of the four slots in the College Football Playoff could be at stake.
Here are the matchups for each of the 10 conference championship games next Friday or Saturday.
Big 12: No. 4 TCU vs. No. 12 Kansas State (Saturday, 12:00 p.m.)
The Big 12 title game will feature a rematch of the Oct. 22 classic, where TCU stormed back from a 28-10 deficit to beat Kansas State by 10. The Horned Frogs had already clinched their spot in the conference title game before Saturday but still sent a statement to the CFP committee with a 62-14 blowout of Iowa State. Kansas State needed to handle business against Kansas to qualify, and the Wildcats came out with a comfortable victory.
Given the rest of the results on Saturday, TCU could be a lock for a CFP slot regardless of the outcome against Kansas State, while the Wildcats will be looking for their first conference title since 2012.
SEC: No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 5 LSU (Saturday, 4 p.m.)
A rematch of the 2019 SEC championship game goes down Saturday afternoon with No. 1 Georgia facing No. 5 LSU. While the Bulldogs' fifth appearance in six years is no surprise, the Tigers making the contest in Brian Kelly's first season with the program was certainly unexpected.
The contest lost some of its luster, with LSU suffering its third loss of the season Saturday at Texas A&M, a result that likely ends any shot the Tigers had at the CFP and locks up the Bulldogs' place regardless of the result.
Big Ten: No. 3 Michigan vs. Purdue (Saturday, 8 p.m.)
Unlike the SEC, the combatants for the Big Ten title game weren't decided until Saturday afternoon. The massive rivalry win by No. 3 Michigan over No. 2 Ohio State lifted the Wolverines to the East division crown for the second straight year, while the drama-filled West went to Purdue after Iowa lost to Nebraska on Friday and the Boilermakers beat Indiana on Saturday.
Michigan will be heavily favored to claim its second Big Ten title in a row and head back to the CFP semis.
Pac-12: No. 6 USC vs. No. 14 Utah (Friday, 8 p.m.)
USC will get the chance to avenge its only loss of the season as the Trojans face Utah in the Pac-12 title game Friday night. Lincoln Riley's team has undoubtedly been the class of the conference in his first campaign with USC, and the sixth-ranked outfit should be in the CFP with a victory over Utah. The Utes find themselves in the contest thanks to Oregon's incredible collapse Saturday. After the Ducks blew a 31-10 lead to Oregon State, Washington beat Washington State to ensure Utah's place in Las Vegas.
ACC: No. 8 Clemson vs. No. 17 North Carolina (Saturday, 8 p.m.)
Two teams limp into the ACC title game with no shot to make the CFP. Clemson enters after its 40-game home winning streak came to an end at the hands of South Carolina on Saturday - a result that marked the Tigers' second loss in the last four games. North Carolina's November was even worse, as the Tar Heels dropped consecutive home games to Georgia Tech and NC State to finish the schedule.
Group of 5 conference title games
AAC: UCF at Tulane (Saturday, 4 p.m.)
MAC: Toledo vs. Ohio (Saturday, Noon)
Conference USA: North Texas at UTSA (Friday, TBD)
Sun Belt: Coastal Carolina at Troy (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.)
MWC: Fresno State at Boise State (Saturday, 4 p.m.)
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