SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
No. 4 Auburn (10-2) vs. No. 6 Georgia (11-1)
3 p.m., Atlanta (Ch. 4)
The winner is essentially guaranteed a spot in the College Football Playoff, and in Auburn’s case it would make the Tigers the first two-loss team to earn a playoff berth. Auburn looked down and out this season after squandering a 20-point lead at LSU, but the Tigers bounced back with a five-game winning streak that includes two home victories over No. 1 teams: a 40-17 rout of Georgia three weeks ago and a 26-14 victory over Alabama last week.
In the previous meeting, Auburn shut down the Georgia running game, which leads the SEC with an average of 265.67 yards per game. Bulldogs RBs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel combined for only 48 yards on 20 carries. They will need some help from their offensive line, which must do a better job against a stellar Auburn front led by LB/DE Jeff Holland.
This is the seventh time in the 26-year history of the SEC title game that the teams also met during the regular season. The same team won both games five of the previous six times.
ACC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
No. 1 Clemson (11-1) vs. NO. 7 Miami, Fla. (10-1)
7 p.m., Charlotte, N.C. (Ch. 5)
Like the SEC title game, the winner looks as if it has a no-doubt-about-it spot in the playoff. The loser will most likely get the ACC’s regular spot in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30. Defending national champion Clemson has played in four ACC title games, winning its past three, starting in 2011, and the Tigers have 23 players who took part in both the 2015 and 2016 ACC title games. This is Miami’s first ACC title game since joining in 2004.
Clemson QB Kelly Bryant has capably succeeded Deshaun Watson to get the Tigers a step away from their third consecutive playoff appearance. But the Hurricanes are second in the ACC with 39 sacks and take pride in harassing quarterbacks. Miami, with its Turnover Chain, also leads the country in turnover margin at plus-17, forcing 27 turnovers.
Miami QB Malik Rosier has thrown for 2,807 yards and 25 touchdowns. His ability to move the Hurricanes will be tested by the Tigers defense.
BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
No. 3 Oklahoma (11-1) vs. No. 11 Texas Christian (10-2)
11:30 a.m., Arlington, Texas (Ch. 9)
A victory likely will put Oklahoma in the playoff for the second time in three years and give Lincoln Riley a conference title in his first year as coach. TCU has an outside shot at a playoff spot and seeks its first conference title since 2014. The Sooners are 5-1 in the series since TCU joined the Big 12, including a 38-20 victory Nov. 11.
The Horned Frogs have the nation’s No. 2 rushing defense, but Oklahoma RB Rodney Anderson gained 290 yards from scrimmage (151 rushing, 139 receiving) and scored four touchdowns that first meeting. Sooners QB Baker Mayfield gets a final chance to impress Heisman Trophy voters; in three games against TCU with Oklahoma, he has thrown for seven TDs with no interceptions.
TCU DE Mat Boesen was ejected in the second quarter of the Nov. 11 game. He had 5½ sacks against Baylor last week and has a sack in all but one of the past seven games.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
No. 20 Memphis (10-1) at No. 14 Central Florida (11-0)
11 a.m. (Ch. 5)
A New Year’s Six spot is up for grabs in a matchup of the nation’s top scoring offenses. Central Florida, which joins Wisconsin as the only remaining unbeaten teams, leads the nation at 48.3 points per game; Memphis is second at 47.0.
CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
North Texas (9-3) at Florida Atlantic (9-3)
11 a.m. (ESPN2)
Florida Atlantic’s Lane Kiffin has been mentioned as a job candidate at bigger programs after the job the Bloomington Jefferson product has done in Boca Raton. FAU has won eight in a row, including beating North Texas 69-31 on Oct. 21.
MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Toledo (10-2) vs. Akron (7-5)
11 a.m., Detroit (ESPN)
Toledo had 626 yards of offense when it beat Akron 48-21 on Oct. 21, but the Zips have been a different team with redshirt freshman QB Kato Nelson playing.
MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
No. 25 Fresno State (9-3) at Boise State (9-3)
6:45 p.m. (ESPN)
The Bulldogs beat the Broncos 28-17 at home to close out the regular season, but the teams knew they would have a rematch this week.