2019 College Football Conference Championship Games: Schedule, Opening Odds
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College football’s conference championship game schedule is set after Utah beat Colorado on Saturday night. We’ve got our 20 teams.
UAB clinched Conference USA West when Southern Miss lost to FAU, since the Blazers have the tiebreaker over Louisiana Tech. Wisconsin wrapped up the Big Ten West by beating Minnesota, and Virginia clinched its division with a win over rival Virginia Tech.
Check out our complete bowl projections here. There are 79 bowl eligible teams for 78 spots, meaning a 6-6 MAC team will likely get left out.
Conference Championship Scenarios & Schedule
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Updated 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 1.
Information below updated through Week 14
The AAC title game is set, and will be a rematch of Friday’s game — Cincinnati vs. Memphis. The Tigers won 34-24 at home on Friday.
- Clinched bowl eligibility: Memphis, SMU, Navy, Cincinnati. Temple, UCF, Tulane
- Can’t get to six wins: ECU, UConn, Tulsa, Houston, South Florida
The ACC is set, with Clemson taking on Virginia after the Cavaliers beat rival Virginia Tech at home.
- Clinched bowl eligibility: Clemson, Louisville, Wake Forest, Florida State, Virginia, Pitt, Virginia Tech, Miami, Boston College, UNC
- Can’t get to six wins: NC State, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Duke
Ohio State clinched the Big Ten East with a win over Penn State, while Wisconsin won the West by beating Minnesota on Saturday.
- Clinched bowl eligibility: Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan State
- Can’t get to six wins: Rutgers, Maryland, Northwestern, Purdue, Nebraska
Baylor and Oklahoma each won last week, clinching their spots before the final game of the regular season.
- Clinched bowl eligibility: Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma State
- Can’t get to six wins: Kansas, West Virginia, Texas Tech, TCU
FAU took care of business with a win over Southern Miss to clinch a spot in the Conference USA title game, and UAB has the tiebreaker in the West over Louisiana Tech.
- Clinched bowl eligibility: Marshall, WKU, La. Tech, Southern Miss., UAB, Charlotte, FIU
- Can’t get to six wins: ODU, Rice, UTEP, North Texas, UTSA
Miami Ohio has already wrapped up the East division. And the West came down to the two teams tied at the top: Western Michigan and Central Michigan.
WMU’s loss to Northern Illinois allowed CMU to swoop in claim the West with a win over Toledo.
- Clinched bowl eligibility: Miami Ohio, WMU, CMU, EMU, Toledo, Buffalo, Kent State, Ohio
- Can’t get to six wins: Akron, Bowling Green, NIU, Ball State
Hawaii clinched the West with a win over San Diego State, while Boise clinched its division with a win over Utah State.
Our power ratings make the Broncos a 14.5-point favorite at home against Hawaii.
- Clinched bowl eligibility: Boise State, Air Force, Utah State, San Diego State, Hawaii, Nevada, Wyoming
- Can’t get to six wins: Colorado State, New Mexico, UNLV, Fresno State, San Jose State
Oregon had already clinched the North before losing to Arizona State and Utah can clinch the South by winning out in two games as significant favorites at Arizona and then at home against Colorado. The Utes got the first one.
We should ultimately get an Oregon-Utah Pac 12 championship. However, if the Utes somehow stumble, USC could win the division.
- Clinched bowl eligibility: Oregon, Utah, USC, Washington, Arizona State, Washington State, Cal
- Can’t get to six wins: Stanford, UCLA, Arizona, Oregon State, Colorado
In true Pac-12 fashion, every single team is either already bowl eligible or can still become bowl eligible.
Georgia has already clinched the East division but still obviously has motivation to win out for its college football playoff aspirations.
LSU clinched the West by beating Arkansas.
We make the Tigers a 4-point favorite for the SEC Championship Game.
- Clinched bowl eligibility: LSU, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Auburn, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi State
- Can’t get to six wins: Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Ole Miss, South Carolina
Appalachian State and UL Lafayette clinched their respective divisions and will meet for the conference title. Our power ratings make that game a pick’em.
- Clinched bowl eligibility: ULL, App State, Arkansas State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State
- Need a win to become bowl eligible: ULM
- Can’t get to six wins: Texas State, South Alabama, Coastal Carolina, Troy