These Power 5 Conference Championship Games Will Alter The College Football Landscape

Betting on these games will be a ton of fun and there will be no shortage of drama

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If you were already excited for the Group Of 5 conference championship games, these Power 5 conference title games should get you even more pumped! The four College Football Playoff spots are on the line and while there are some large favorites, anything can happen when all the chips are pushed to the center of the table. Let’s take a look at each matchup.

#13 Oregon (10-2) vs. #5 Utah (11-1)

Pac 12 Championship, Friday December 6th, 8:00pm EST


Utah has surged into the CFP conversation and will likely be in consideration for one of the four spots with a victory in this game. The Utes have won and covered each of their last eight games and are listed as 6.5-point favorites against Justin Herbert and Oregon, who have put up very similar numbers to Utah’s on both sides of the ball. Read our full preview and prediction for the Oregon vs. Utah game which will take place at Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco, California! 

#8 Baylor (11-1) vs. #6 Oklahoma (11-1)

Big 12 Championship, Saturday December 7th, 12:00pm EST


Although Heisman candidate Jalen Hurts and Oklahoma are currently on the outside looking in, they’re a one-loss team with the potential to sneak into the CFP if they win this game (especially if they’re aided with losses by both Utah and Georgia). Although they’ve been an afterthought, Baylor is in the same situation since their only loss was by three points to Oklahoma a few weeks ago. If the Bears can thump the Sooners and have the teams in front of them go down, they could also earn their way into the conversation. If this plays out anything like the 34-31 Oklahoma win the first time these teams played, this should be a fun one to watch. The Sooners are listed as nine-point favorites in this matchup at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. 

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#4 Georgia (11-1) vs. #1 LSU (12-0)

SEC Championship, Saturday December 7th, 4:00pm EST


This is the most highly-anticipated matchup of the week because of the potential it has to shake up the CFP. What happens if Georgia wins this game and Ohio State and Clemson also do? It seems like the Pac-12 champions and  Big 12 champions would have a strong chance of being left out, which would cause an uproar (and probably lead to a larger playoff structure sooner rather than later). Whether or not you (or the NCAA) want that to happen, this intense battle between Georgia’s elite defense and LSU’s elite offense (operating under the brilliance of Heisman frontrunner Joe Burrow) should be fascinating to watch. The Tigers are seven-point favorites at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

#22 Virginia (9-3) vs. #3 Clemson (12-0)

ACC Championship, Saturday December 7th, 7:30pm EST


Remember that time North Carolina scared Clemson earlier in the season? That was fun. After escaping with that one-point victory, it seems like Dabo Swinney, Trevor Lawrence and company buckled down and ensured that wouldn’t happen again. Over their last seven games directly following that nail-biter, they won by an average of 41.7 points per game and the only spread they didn’t cover in that span was a 48.5-point one against Wofford (they only won by 45). While Virginia enjoyed a late-season surge, they’ll be overmatched on both sides of the ball. The question is whether or not Clemson can cover the 28-point spread against a ranked opponent with dynamic dual-threat quarterback Bryce Perkins leading their offense at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

#10 Wisconsin (10-2) vs. #2 Ohio State (12-0)

Big Ten Championship, Saturday December 7th, 8:00pm EST


When these two teams played on October 26th, Ohio State dominated Wisconsin from start to finish, winning 38-7. Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor (one of the greatest collegiate running backs ever) was held to just 42 yards on 20 carries and Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields accounted for three touchdowns while running back J.K. Dobbins took 20 carries for 163 yards and two scores along with 58 receiving yards. If that was any indication of how this game will play out, it’ll be a long day for Wisconsin, who looked overmatched on both sides of the ball. The Buckeyes are 16-point favorites on the neutral field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

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