We have now reached Championship Week in college football, which means that the NCAAF Week 14 Games to Watch are going to feature a lot of title games. It just comes with the program. Let’s get started.
(Note, all times are Eastern and rankings reflect the NCAAF Week 14 Power Rankings, which you can check out with the link here.)
Friday, December 1st-
PAC-12 Championship: 14 Stanford vs. 9 USC (8:00 ESPN)
- This is the first time the PAC-12 Championship has been featured on ESPN, so that’s a nice touch. It’s also the first time this game has been the only game on the Friday night of Championship Week. Again, that’s a nice touch. USC did beat Stanford 42-24 in the first few weeks of the season, but that was a very different Stanford team. Now that they’ve truly found themselves, I expect this game to be a PAC-12 slobberknocker. There aren’t any CFP implications in this one which might actually be a good thing. You’ve now got two teams that are just playing for a championship, not the chance of a championship.
Saturday, December 2nd-
Conference-USA Championship: North Texas at Florida Atlantic (12:00 ESPN2)
- Lane Kiffin has really turned the Florida Atlantic football program around. Their offense is more prolific than anyone else in Conference-USA. Just look at the 69-31 demolishing of North Texas that took place earlier this year. FAU went 8-0 in conference play this season and seeing them have the opportunity to have 10 wins after going 3-9 last year must be something special.
UL-Monroe at Florida State (12:00 ACCN)
- Florida State added this game back to the schedule mostly because they wanted to become bowl eligible after this terrible year. I put this as a GTW game over the MAC Championship because I can.
AAC Championship: 15 Memphis at 10 UCF (12:00 ABC)
- Central Florida has been getting a lot of credit this year, but at the same time, hasn’t been getting enough. Memphis, had they played UCF a bit closer earlier this year, would be the same story. This American Athletic Conference Championship means everything. The AAC has lucked out on the fact that the winner WILL be going to a New Year’s Six Bowl Game. That means they won’t be missing out on a big payday if the favorite (UCF) were to lose. I fully expect Central Florida to run over Memphis, but still, you never know.
Big 12 Championship: 13 TCU vs. 2 Oklahoma (12:30 FOX)
- This is the first Big 12 Championship Game since 2010 when the conference was split up into divisions. Spoiler alert: Oklahoma is 7-1 in these games with their only loss coming in 2003 against Kansas State. Oklahoma did beat TCU earlier this season and we all know that beating somebody twice in a single season is very difficult to do. But with Baker Mayfield leading to way, does TCU really have a chance of throwing off Oklahoma’s chance at the College Football Playoff?
Stony Brook at James Madison (2:00 ESPN3)
- This is the best game of the 2nd Round of the FCS Playoffs. Not only does it feature the #27 team in the country in James Madison, but it also features a steadfast Stony Brook team. James Madison, the winners of 23-straight, is expected to win, but it might be closer than the experts think.
SEC Championship: 6 Georgia vs. 4 Auburn (4:00 CBS)
- You really don’t need me to tell you why this game is so big. First of all, Alabama isn’t in the title game and that’s a positive thing for most Americans. Second of all, the winner will get into the College Football Playoff. It’s as simple as that.
Mountain West Championship: Fresno State at Boise State (7:45 ESPN)
- These two teams played last week and Fresno State took them to town. I don’t understand why Boise State is hosting this game when Fresno is clearly ranked higher, but I don’t make the rules. (And apparently, the executives in the MWC don’t follow them.) There wasn’t any true fire when these two went at it last week. That will change. Boise State’s loss last week does mean that they can’t play for a New Year’s Six Bowl Game, but a Mountain West Championship and a spot in the Las Vegas Bowl will still be nice.
ACC Championship: 8 Miami (FL) vs. 3 Clemson (8:07 ABC)
- Miami got upset by Pittsburgh last Friday. Clemson was in that same spot last year but they turned out alright as they went on to win the National Championship. College GameDay has billed this game as “win and you’re (probably) in” in their promotions. That’s exactly how I would put it too because you never know what the Committee will do. They’re very unpredictable and, depending on how the other games fall, the ACC Champion’s security in the Top 4 is uncertain.
Big Ten Championship: 7 Ohio State vs. 1 Wisconsin (8:17 FOX)
- To me, Wisconsin has been proving itself all season long. They are 12-0 for crying out loud. They’re my #1 team and they’ve got a real chance to get one last quality win in the Big Ten Championship to secure a spot in the College Football Playoff. And despite the two losses, Ohio State has a chance to get in too. They will need to look very impressive and get the win if they want to pass Alabama in the rankings.
That’ll do it for the NCAAF Week 14 Games to Watch. What did you think of the list this week? Which games are you most looking forward to? Be sure to tell us all about it and more in the comment section below. Also, be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter: @PowerRank_More, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and follow us on our Instagram page for all of the latest information from Power Rankings and More.
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