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It’s all about conference championships in Week 14 of the 2018 college football season. Every game on the slate is for the right to be called a champion with all 10 conferences doing battle. In the past there have been other FBS games sprinkled throughout the schedule, but not this year. Six of the championship games are played at pre-determined sites with the week starting on Friday with the Mid-American and Pac-12 Conference champions crowned.
There hasn’t been a repeat champion in the MAC since Northern Illinois won in 2011 and 2012 and four current members have never won a championship. For the 15th consecutive season the game will be played at Ford Field in Detroit. The MAC title game has been played since 1997 making it the second longest continuous event in the FBS. The Toledo Rockets are the defending champs after knocking off Akron last season.
2018 NCAA Football Week 14 Betting Schedule
Friday, November 30
Mid-American Championship, Ford Field, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Pac-12 Championship, Levi’s Stadium, 8 p.m. ET (FOX)
Preview: Week 14 features some conference championship games that may look like sure things for the favorite but could also be potentially dangerous and devastating should the underdog prevail. Then there is the case of the Pac 12 Conference with a classic beaten favorite going up against what looks like an upstart default division champion. The Washington Huskies were picked to contend for the college football playoff but instead will have to settle for the Pac 12 title at best. The Utah Utes were the last team standing in a bad Pac 12 South Division but will make no apologies for a shot at the title game on Friday. More
Saturday, December 1
ACC Championship Game, Bank of America Stadium
Preview: Just one more game. The Clemson Tigers need to win just one more game to make it to the College Football Playoff for the fourth straight year. Although many consider Alabama the gold standard in college football, Clemson has made a strong case for itself over these last few seasons. The Tigers have finished the regular season ranked as one of the top two teams in the country in each of the last three years, and an undefeated year would make it four straight. That’s something Alabama can’t even say. Clemson only needs to defeat the ACC Coastal champions, the Pittsburgh Panthers, on Saturday night, to get it done. More
Big 12 Championship, ATT Stadium
Preview: Week 14 includes one of the highest scoring teams in the country with a Heisman Troiphy candidate quarterback that also moonlights as a top draft pick by Major League Baseball’s Oakland A’s. Indeed, Kyler Murray and the Oklahoma Sooners are riding high after a shootout win at the West Virginia Mountaineers last week. The problem is that they are half a team without much in the way of defense. The Texas Longhorns are one of the few teams in the Big 12 Conference that actually play defense. Not that they are dominant at it but they do at least make the occasional stop. Texas will face revenge minded Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game. More
American Athletic Championship
Preview: The nation’s longest winning streak is in serious danger. The Central Florida Knights have won 24 games in a row, but they are headed into their conference championship without their starting quarterback. McKenzie Milton suffered a serious knee injury early in UCF’s 38-10 win over arch-rival USF, and now they must face the Memphis Tigers without him. Memphis gave UCF its toughest test so far this season, only losing to the Knights by just one point in a game many believe the Tigers should have won. More
Sun Belt Championship
Conference USA Championship
SEC Championship, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, 4 p.m. ET (CBS)
Preview: Week 14 includes the biggest championship game of them all. In fact, Saturday’s Southeastern Conference Championship Game is a combined rematch of last year’s epic National Championship Game and a potential College Football Playoff preview that could be played yet again next month. The defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide have looked unbeatable all season. Yet the one team tabbed as capable of taking them out are the talented Georgia Bulldogs. Certainly, Alabama and Georgia are the class of the SEC. And a Georgia win could trigger national chaos for the CFB Playoff! More
Mountain West Championship, 6:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Preview: The Boise State Broncos and Fresno State Bulldogs were near mirror images of each other in the regular season. They each went 10-2 overall and 7-1 in the Mountain West, and it seems apropos that they will meet for the conference championship crown. Boise State gets this game at home and won the first matchup between these teams, so it should be the favorite to come away with the title. However, Fresno State has been impressive all year and is expected to put up a great fight. More
Big Ten Championship, Lucas Oil Stadium, 8 p.m. ET (FOX)
Preview: Week 14 will conclude with a Saturday night matchup that is a classic David vs. Goliath situation. The Ohio State Buckeyes rallied last week to put their best game of the year together in a memorable win over the favored Michigan Wolverines. With the victory the Bucks stole the Big Ten East Division title from the Maize and Blue. Meanwhile the opportunistic Northwestern Wildcats captured the West Division title. And while the West Division was weak and down the Wildcats closed strong and get their shot at the Big Ten championship. More
Levi’s Stadium has hosted the Pac-12 Championship every year since its opening and the 2018 game is the fifth at the venue. Teams from the North Division have dominated, winning the first six matchups until USC broke the spell last season beating Stanford. The North has been represented by just three schools since the inception of the event. Stanford has appeared in four of the previous seven games winning three titles. Oregon and Washington also won from the North. Utah is the only team from the South not to appear in the title game.
The remaining eight conference tilts are slated for Saturday with the first-ever Championship game in the Sun Belt Conference set to take place. Recent NCAA legislation allows for conferences with fewer than 12 teams to hold a championship game and the Sun Belt jumped on the bandwagon. The league is divided into two five-team divisions and the game will be held at the home stadium of the team with the best CFP ranking.
The SEC has been playing its conference championship game since 1992 and this year’s event will be held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Georgia ended the Eastern Division’s eight-game losing streak in the game by defeating Auburn in last year’s contest, the first at the newly constructed venue. A handful of teams have dominated the conference, led by Alabama and Florida who have each won seven championship games. The Tide didn’t even make the conference title game last season, but they were selected for the CFP and won their fifth National Championship in nine seasons.
The only conference not split into divisions, the Big 12 title game pits the top two teams after playing a round-robin schedule. The conference played a title game from 1996 through 2010 until Colorado and Nebraska abandoned the league leaving it short of the required number of teams. The NCAA changed its stance on the number of teams needed to hold a championship game and the Big 12 brought the title game back for the 2017 season. Oklahoma won the last game before the hiatus and also knocked off TCU to win the 2017 championship. The Sooners have appeared in nine of the 16 title games in Big 12 history, winning the championship eight times.
With pre-determined sites for the ACC and Big Ten title games, we know where the games will be played. We just don’t know who will be playing. The ACC matchup will take place at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte with Clemson in pursuit of a fourth straight title. The Big Ten Conference Championship returns to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The American Athletic Conference, Conference USA and Mountain West Conference championship games will all be played at the home of the team with the best division record.
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