It’s Thanksgiving, it’s the final weekend of the college football regular season, and there are still several spots in conference championship games up for grabs.
Eat your leftover turkey sandwiches, turn on the TV, and place your wagers – just as the Pilgrims envisioned.
Texas Tech at No. 7 Texas (-13)
The Big 12 is a bit of jumbled mess behind Texas. If the Longhorns beat Texas Tech on Friday, they are in the Big 12 Championship Game in Arlington, Texas. Oklahoma State is also in if they beat BYU on Saturday.
But if either of these teams lose, Oklahoma could get in, Kansas State could get in, or Texas and Oklahoma State could still get in with losses. We could have as many as four teams tied for two spots, making for a great weekend of college football chaos.
No. 15 Oregon State at No. 6 Oregon (-13.5)
Washington is already in the Pac-12 Championship Game, and Oregon has the best chance at joining them. Win the “Civil War” over rival Oregon State, and the Ducks are going to Las Vegas.
But the Beavers are no pushover. They almost beat the Huskies last week, and they did beat the Ducks last year. And if they are to win this Friday, then Arizona gets a chance to advance to the Pac-12 Championship Game over Arizona State on Saturday.
No. 2 Ohio State at No. 3 Michigan (-3.5)
Nevermind the nonsense going on with Jim Harbaugh. This game, called The Game, is bigger than any one head coach. Unless that coach is Woody Hayes, who famously risked running out of gas, rather than filling his tank in “that state up north.”
His attitude sums up the entire feeling of this rivalry. The fans, the school, the alumni, the states, nothing but hatred for the other.
Both teams are in the top-five, both teams have designs on making it to the College Football Playoff, and both want to win this game more than any other on their schedule. The winner in Ann Arbor will face Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game.
No. 8 Alabama at Auburn
Alabama is already headed to the SEC Championship Game to play Georgia, but winning the Iron Bowl before they do that could set them for a shot at the College Football Playoff. If they beat Auburn and Georgia, it will be hard to deny the Crimson Tide. But a loss at Auburn, which would be a second loss this season, would likely sink any chance at a national championship.
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