Alabama To Roll Georgia In SEC Championship
It’s teeth-chattering time in Ohio, Georgia and Oklahoma, and a little bit in Alabama, and that has nothing to do with cold winter weather. It’s conference championship weekend and the chills will be rolling down the spines of fans whose teams are playing to get into the College Football Playoff.
The Buckeyes are back from the dead, The Bulldogs have a bite that’s as big as their bite and the Sooners still can’t stop anybody.
Meanwhile, in South Bend they will be sitting in front of their TVs, recliner in full “feet up” mode, chips and beer by their side, confident in the knowledge they are in the playoff no matter the result of any games on Saturday.
All times Pacific because The Prognosticator lives on the West Coast.
Friday Nov. 30
Pac-12 Championship, Utah vs. Washington (Levis Stadium, 5 p.m., FOX)
The Utes and the U-Dubs kick off the conference contests on a Friday night, but this is not exactly the kind of matchup that get the adrenaline pumping for the weekend. The Pac-12 has been far more passive than powerful this year and while the National Championship game will be played in this stadium after the New Year, neither these teams will be near the place come January. Utah is like a fly at a picnic – no matter how many times you swat it away, it keeps coming back and eventually you just let it win – while the Huskies have been anything but husky this weekend. Still, the U-Dubers will be howling at the Santa Clara moon on this night. Winner: Washington
Saturday, Dec. 1
Big 12 Championship, Texas vs. Oklahoma (AT&T Stadium, 9 a.m., ABC)
Tom Herman has managed to steer the Steers into the conference title game and he had better bring all the beef he’s got to the Red River Shootout II. The Boomers have their wagon loaded and are ready to unload on the only team to have beaten them this year. The Longhorns could score 50 and still get grilled. Winner: Oklahoma
American Athletic Conference, Memphis vs. Central Florida (Orlando, 12:30 p.m., ABC)
The Prognosticator will pause the puns for a moment to give a “get well soon” shoutout to UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton, who suffered a serious knee injury in last week’s game. The Knights may use this as a rallying point and they already beat the Cats once this year in a high-scoring thriller that is so typical of this team and this league. The Citronauts look to keep reaching for the stars yet no matter what happens, they will still not reach the playoff. Winner: Central Florida
SEC Championship, Alabama vs. Georgia (Mercedes-Benz Stadium, 1 p.m., CBS)
The Tua Tsunami rolls into Hot-lanta, ready to crash down on the Dawgs like a giant wave slamming onto the beach. The Fighting Kirbys know there is more, tho, to Tide than the quarterback. The Pachyderms have the ability to stomp teams on defense as well as on offense, and of course there’s visions of that touchdown pass dancing around in the Dawgs’ heads this holiday season. Georgia is solid, as hard to knock over as UGA standing firm at his doghouse, but Bama will throw them no bones. Winner: Alabama
ACC Championship, Clemson vs. Pittsburgh (Bank of America Stadium, 5 p.m., ABC)
The ferocious felines from South Carolina come in just itching to sink their claws into bunch of Panthers who specialized in the ambush this year: they wound up in the conference championship game without anybody really noticing it. Once this catfight is over, the felines from Pitt will have lost to two of the four playoff teams. Winner: Clemson
Big 10 Championship, Ohio State vs. Northwestern (Lucas Oil Stadium)
A bunch of bookworms have made it to the Big 10 title game and they hope to open the book on what has been a nutty season for the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes barely beat the lowly teams, got blown out by another one yet dominated their over-ranked rivals. The Cats are just the type of team that can catch the Nuts off guard and The Prognosticator is predicting a big upset. Winner: Northwestern