The conference championship weekend is here, and the 10 matchups will not only close the regular 2019 football season, but will also help determine college football fights and New Year’s 6th day.
In addition, it is only a weekend of major college football matches, featuring classified meetings between the no. 1 LSU and no. 4 Agriculture; No. 2 Ohio and No. 10 Wisconsin. No. 3 Clemson and No. 22 Virginia. No. 5 Utah and No. 13 Oregon. No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 8 Baylor. and no. 16 Memphis and No. 21 Cincinnati.
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Sporting News will select all 10 conference championship games against the spread to close out what was a great season. Here’s how we made this season:
Straight up: 217-49, .816 (18-1 last week)
Against Spread: 148-118, .556 (11-8 last week)
Upset Options: 3-16, .158 (1-0 last week)
With this, Sporting News “selects when it comes to each conference championship game (odds are courtesy of Sports Insider from noon ET on Monday, Dec. 2):
No. 5 Utah (-6.5) vs. No. 13 Oregon
The Pac-12 Championship, which played on Friday night, is a must watch. The Utes could potentially hit their ticket to the Playoff with an impressive performance against the Ducks and have each covered the last eight weeks of losing to USC. The Utes won a 32-25 thriller against Oregon last year, and that could be similar. We just have a feeling Oregon can start the weekend with some chaos.
Oregon wins 34-33 in one UPSET.
No 6 Oklahoma (-8) vs. No. 8 Baylor
The style points count for both of those teams in a loss if Utah wins. This is a rematch of the classic they both played at Waco on November 16th, and it’s up to the bears to prove that they are as comfortable as the Sooners on the big stage. Remember, Baylor led Sooner 28-3 at one point before delivering the biggest comeback in Oklahoma history. If Oklahoma imagines the place, it finds a way to playoff as a result.
Oklahoma wins 41-34 but COVERAGE LICENSE the spread.
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No. 20 Appalachian State (-6.5) vs. Louisiana
This is a rematch of last year’s Sun Belt Championship game, and the climbers are still having some festive New Year’s Eve celebration 6. Jacques Thomas comes off the best game of the season against Troy, and the head of App State holds that the car accident against Louisiana.
The state of Appalachia wins 36-21 and COVERINGS the spread.
Central Michigan (-7) vs. Miami (Ohio)
The Chippewas are looking to wrap up a first season banner under Jim McElwain, and former Tennessee General Quinten Dormady is warming up at the right time. Central Michigan averaged 47.3 points in its last three games. Miami lost its final season at Ball State.
Central Michigan wins 38-28 and COVERINGS the spread.
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No. 16 Memphis (-10) vs. No. 21 Cincinnati
It’s a déjà vu game for both teams, which met on Black Friday. The Bearcats have taken on three costly turnovers in this game and Luke Fickell will throw new wrinkles in the Tigers offense. It will be a little tighter this time, but it comes with the same effect.
Memphis wins 34-27 but COVERAGE LICENSE the spread.
UAB vs. FAU (-7)
It’s a combination of the last two American Conference Champions and a good fight between Bill Clark and Lane Kiffin. The Owls have scored 34 points or more in every game of the five-game winning streak, and Kiffin wins a second conference title before considering some Power 5 job opportunities.
FAU wins 37-27 and COVERINGS the spread.
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No 19 Boise State (-13.5) vs. Hawaii
The Broncos won the matchup 59-37 on October 12th, but are 3-5 against the spread as a two-man favorite this season. The Warriors ended the regular season in a four-game win and will hang a little more this time.
Boise State wins 42-31 but COVERAGE LICENSE the spread.
No. 1 LSU (-7.5) vs. No. 4 of Georgia
If the Bulldogs win, then both teams will end up at the Playoff. It’s a match-in-strength matchup where the nation’s second-best offense (48.7) meets the second-best defense score (10.4). The Tigers, however, prove to be excessive in the second half.
LSU wins 34-26 and COVERINGS the spread.
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No 3 Clemson (-29) vs. No. 22 Virginia
The Tigers have won their last four ACC league games averaging 20.5 points per game, so why would this be any different? Schools have not met since 2013 and Virginia must play with confidence after defeating rival Virginia Tech. That won’t be enough for a team that has allowed over 14 points in just one game this season.
Clemson wins 41-17 but COVERAGE LICENSE the spread.
No. 2 Ohio (-16) vs. no. 10 Wisconsin
The Buckeyes can leave no doubt in completing a perfect season in the Big Ten – which would be the first since the conference went to a nine-game conference schedule. The Buckeyes broke a 38-7 opener against the Badgers on October 26 in the second half. Look for a similar trend here.
The state of Ohio wins 40-21 and COVERINGS the spread.