A great rivalry weekend of college football has set the stage for conference championships galore next week.
Here is where we are going into the final week of the season:
SEC – Alabama (12-0) vs. Florida (8-3)
December 3, 3:00 pm (CBS)
If Alabama wins, every team in the SEC outside of Bama will finish with at least 4 losses, and no one will finish with double digit wins. The Big 10 meanwhile, already has four teams at double digit wins, with the possibility of five.
Big 10 – Penn State (10-2) vs. Wisconsin (10-2)
December 3, 7:00 pm (FOX)
Ohio State (11-1) sitting at home. Michigan (10-2) with wins over both teams is sitting at home. We talk about how the best teams don’t always win their conference. How about the two best teams aren’t even in the conference title game. These are by far the two best teams. I think everyone would say Ohio State is better than all of them, yet Michigan actually DID beat both teams in the game.
Big 12 – Oklahoma State (9-2) at Oklahoma (9-2)
December 3, 11:30 am (FOX)
Even though it’s not an “actual” championship game, it is the de facto Big 12 championship. The question is – whoever wins, will they have any shot? At this stage, I don’t think so. I think Alabama and Ohio State are locked up, so that leaves only two spots with plenty of better teams ahead of these two (Washington, Clemson, Big 10 winner).
ACC – Clemson (11-1) vs. Virginia Tech (9-3)
December 3, 7:00 pm (ABC)
This should be easy enough for Clemson. Win, and you could potentially be the 2-seed.
Pac 12 – Washington (11-1) vs. Colorado (10-2)
December 2, 8:00 pm (FOX)
Washington wins and they are in. Colorado is looking good though. Will they jump Oklahoma after OU was idle this week and Colorado beat the #22 team? Could they be in the best position as a 2-loss team, only because the ones in front of them are from the Big 10 (who will have Ohio State) and the Big 12 (who didn’t have a “real” title game).
AAC – Temple (9-3) vs. Navy (9-2)
December 3, 11:00 am (ABC)
Navy is interesting because of having a regular season game AFTER their conference title. Can you imagine? They might be in a position to HAVE to win that game to get to a NY6 bowl (if Western Michigan loses).
C-USA – Louisiana Tech (8-4) at Western Kentucky (9-3)
December 3, 11:00 am (ESPN)
Basically playing for bowl choice.
MAC – Western Michigan (12-0) vs. Ohio (8-4)
December 2, 6:00 pm (ESPN2)
Western Michigan will win a trip to a New Years Six bowl if they win. Most likely the Cotton Bowl since the Cotton Bowl is the only bowl that picks at large teams for both slots this year.
MWC – San Diego State (9-3) vs. TBD
December 3, 6:45 pm (ESPN)
If Boise, playing for the NY6 bowl ahead of Western Michigan. Once again, will be the Cotton Bowl.
Sun Belt – Appalachian State (9-3) has claimed at least a share.
On December 3: If Troy wins and Arkansas State loses, Troy wins. If Troy loses and Arkansas State wins, then it’s a two-way tie with no head-to-head between App State and Arkansas State, so I think Arkansas State wins based on their win over Troy. If Troy wins and Arkansas State wins, it’s a three-way tie, and I want to say Troy still wins.
When it comes to bowl projections after this week, this is how I see everything laying out, using the criteria for each bowl:
New Year’s Six
Peach Bowl: Alabama vs. Washington
Fiesta Bowl: Clemson vs. Ohio State
Rose Bowl: Colorado vs. Wisconsin (or Penn State)
Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Auburn (or LSU/Florida)
Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. Michigan
Cotton Bowl: Western Michigan vs. Penn State (or Wisconsin)
Citrus Bowl (Orlando vs. ACC/Big Ten) – Louisville vs. Florida
Outback Bowl (Tampa vs. Big Ten) – LSU vs. Nebraska
TaxSlayer Bowl (Jacksonville vs. ACC/Big Ten) – Georgia vs. Miami
Music City Bowl (Nashville vs. ACC/Big Ten) – Minnesota vs. Kentucky
Texas Bowl (Houston vs. Big 12) – Texas A&M vs. Kansas State
Belk Bowl (Charlotte vs. ACC) – Arkansas vs. North Carolina
Liberty Bowl (Memphis vs. Big 12) – Tennessee vs. TCU
Birmingham Bowl (Birmingham vs. AAC) – Vanderbilt vs. Tulsa
Independence Bowl (Shreveport vs. ACC) – South Carolina vs. Georgia Tech
Mississippi State can still get in on APR, despite being 5-7. If they did go bowling, it could possibly be in the Las Vegas Bowl or Cactus Bowl replacing the Pac 12.
We’ll break all of this down and recap the Iron Bowl, Ohio State/Michigan and more on Jox Primetime on Monday night from 6-8 pm!