Conference Championship Week
Writer: Aaron Hendon & Andrew Martin
Friday, December 1st, 2017
#12 Stanford (9-3) @ #10 USC (10-2)
Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
Time: 8 PM ET, on ESPN
Line: USC -4
Kicking off the Conference Championship Weekend, on Friday night, the Heisman hopeful, Bryce Love, and company will try to bounce back after taking a beating in LA on the 2nd week of the season. Stanford seriously struggled on the defensive side of the ball, allowing over 300 yards through the air and another 300 on the ground from running backs Ronald Jones and Stephen Carr. Playing this game for the 2nd time around, expect Cardinals head coach, David Shaw, to have his guys ready to win their 4th conference title in the last six years.
Aaron: USC Andrew: USC
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
#11 TCU (10-2) @ #3 Oklahoma (11-1)
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Time: 12:30 PM on FOX
Line: Oklahoma -7
Another Heisman hopeful, Baker Mayfield, will head south to Arlington to take on the Horned Frogs in another rematch from earlier this year. On that matchup in Norman, the highly reputable TCU defense was a bit off, as they gave up 30+ points for only the third time this season. In hope of a Heisman trophy winning season, Baker Mayfield will look to put up more than 30 points tomorrow afternoon in order to seal Oklahoma’s spot in the College Football Playoff.
Aaron: Oklahoma Andrew: Oklahoma
#6 Georgia (11-1) @ #2 Auburn (10-2)
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Time: 4 PM ET, on CBS
Line: Auburn -1
Possibly one of the best rematches this week, as Georgia hopes to avenge the embarrassing performance of just 3 weeks ago. The SEC’s #2 ranked defense was stunned, to say the least, trying to stop Kerryon Johnson on the ground as he ran for 167 and had 66 receiving on 34 touches. Not to mention Auburn QB, Jarrett Stidham, was nearly perfect, only missing his War Eagle receivers 6 times. This is a big game not only for Georgia trying to get back in the playoff, but for Kirby Smart’s young career at Georgia, expect him to have Freshman QB Jake Fromm prepared in his 1st SEC title game.
Aaron: Auburn Andrew: Auburn
#7 Miami (10-1) @ #1 Clemson (11-1)
Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
Time: 8 PM ET, on ABC
Line: Clemson -9.5
No rematch here, but a long anticipated game between the top two teams in the ACC. Both the Tigers and Canes have an in conference loss against teams that won’t be going bowling this holiday season. Though some think Miami is completely out of the playoff picture, with a dominating win in Charlotte, and a ACC title added to the resume. Don’t count out the turnover chain quite yet.
Aaron: Clemson Andrew: Miami
#8 Ohio St. (10-2) @ #4 Wisconsin (12-0)
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
Time: 8:30 PM ET, on FOX
Line: Ohio St. -6
One of the more interesting games in terms of stakes of who's going to fill the #4 spot in the playoffs. The Badgers, with a win, will attend the final 4 party and finally earn the respect from the rest of the country. For Ohio State, they have a chance to cause a lot of havoc in the college football world. If they can win, they can make a strong case for a deserved the final spot in the playoffs.
Aaron: Wisconsin Andrew: Ohio St.
Final 4 Picks
Aaron’s Final 4: #1 Clemson, #2 Auburn, #3 Oklahoma, #4 Wisconsin
Andrew’s Final 4: #1 Auburn, #2 Oklahoma, #3, Miami, #4 Alabama