This week’s schedule is an abbreviated one composed mainly of Conference Championships (with a few regular season games from the Big 12 thrown in). The results will shake up the final rankings which come out next week. The rankings listed are those of the Selection Committee.
In the PAC-12 Championship, the #2 Oregon Ducks (11-1) take on the #7 Arizona Wildcats (10-2) on Friday night.
The Mid-American Conference Championship will have Northern Illinois (10-2) vs. Bowling Green (7-5) will also be played on Friday.
The Conference USA Championship has the Marshall Thundering Herd (11-1) are challenged by the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (8-4).
The SEC Championship has #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1) facing the #16 Missouri Tigers (10-2).
The ACC Championship game has the #4 Florida State Seminoles (12-0) against the #11 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-2).
The Mountain West Championship will be decided by Fresno State Bulldogs (6-6) against the #22 Boise State Broncos (10-2).
The Big Ten Championship has the #5 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1) squaring off against the #13 Wisconsin Badgers (10-2).
And the Big 12 (which has no championship game) has three games scheduled; all of which have one or more ranked teams participating.
The Iowa State Cyclones (2-9) visit the #3 TCU Horned Frogs (10-1).
The #6 Baylor Bears (10-1) will host the #9 Kansas State Wildcats (9-2).
(We could see a tie for the title if both TCU and Baylor win.)
The #20 Oklahoma Sooners (8-3) host in-state rival Oklahoma State (5-6).
In games featuring non-ranked teams, the American Athletic Conference—another without a championship game—will have a slate of three games. One of those will give SMU, currently the only team in the FBS world without a victory, one last chance—against Connecticut (2-9).