Welcome to the final weekend of the regular season in college football and you can call it championship weekend. With a slew of championship games from the major conferences, this will decide what the Final Four look like when the committee releases the final ranking on this upcoming Tuesday night. Last week my record was 5-1 with my lone loss coming when I picked the Gators to beat my Seminoles, which was a huge mistake. My overall record jumps to 44-23 and in the process my winning percentage goes from 63.9% up to 65.7%. Let’s Get Started!!!
We will start with the Big 10 Championship game from Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis as the 5th ranked Michigan State Spartans face the undefeated 4th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes. This is basically a play-in game to see who’s going to make the playoffs and represent the Big 10. The Spartans are coming off wins over the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions the past couple of weeks and have a lot of momentum. The Iowa Hawkeyes basically snuck up on everyone with their perfect season, but they didn’t face Michigan, Michigan State nor Ohio State this season, which is why I believe the Spartans, will win this game.
Spartans Win 27-17
We now have the ACC Championship from the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte as the 10th ranked North Carolina Tar Heels face the top ranked Clemson Tigers. The Tar Heels have won 11 games in a row ever since they lost to South Carolina in the opener. The Tar Heels have one of the most dynamic offenses in the country and would have an argument to make the playoffs if they beat the Tigers. Clemson have been led by Heisman candidate, DeShaun Watson which means that they have a chance in any game and the Tigers defense are just as good. With this game being in Charlotte, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Heels pulled off the shocker but I’m sticking with Clemson.
Tigers Win 31-30
We head to SEC country for the conference championship from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta as the 18th ranked Florida Gators face the 2nd ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. The Gators are coming off a serious beat-down last week at the hands of the Seminoles. The offense of the Gators has been nonexistent and now they face probably the toughest defense in the country. The Crimson Tide have been clicking on all cylinders and they have been lead on offense by the Heisman favorite, Derrick Henry. This game could either be really close or a blowout, but either way I think the Tide will win.
Crimson Tide Win 33-17
We now head to the West Coast for the Pac-12 championship in Santa Clara at Levi Stadium as the 20th ranked USC Trojans face the 7th ranked Stanford Cardinal. This is a rematch from earlier in the season, one that the Cardinal won 41-31. The Trojans have had a very up-and-down season from the firing of their coach to their play on the field. The Cardinal is still hoping for a shot at the College Football Playoffs with a win and some help. It’s hard to beat a team twice in the same season, but I believe the Cardinal will pull out the win once again over the Trojans.
Cardinal Win 38-28
Last, but not least we have the American Athletic Conference Championship game from the TDECU Stadium in Houston between the 22nd ranked Temple Owls facing the 19th ranked Houston Cougars. The Temple Owls had a wonderful season and they won the East division of their conference. The Owls had a close loss against the Irish earlier in the season and the beat Memphis a couple of weeks ago. The Cougars were 3 points away from having an undefeated season when they lost to Connecticut a couple of weeks ago. I think the Cougars are the better team and will win.
Cougars Win 41-27
My College Football Playoffs:
#1 Clemson Tigers vs. #4 Michigan State Spartans
#2 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. #3 Oklahoma Sooners