2019 NCAA Conference Championships Preview
The NCAA football season is inching ever closer to December 1, a Saturday filled with nine conference championship games, including each of the Power 5 conferences. While most of the teams participating in these games haven’t been decided yet, there’s still a lot of information you should know in order to have a fantastic day of football watching next month.
Let’s take a look at each title game.
Championship Weekend actually gets started on the night of Friday, November 30, as the champ from the East takes on the champ from the West in the MAC title game, which will take place at Detroit’s Ford Field. As it stands, Buffalo would come out of the East and Northern Illinois out of the West. (7PM EST | Network: ESPN2)
Friday night continues with the Pac-12 title game, which will feature the North division champ and the South division champ facing off in Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers. Currently, that would mean Washington State against Utah, but neither division in clinched so keep an eye on things over the next couple of weeks. (8 PM EST | Network: FOX)
The day gets going with the Big 12 championship game, which will feature the number one and two seeds of the conference. While nothing is set in stone, this game will likely feature Oklahoma and West Virginia, two teams with just a single conference loss. (12 PM EST | Network: ABC)
In the inaugural Sun Belt Conference title game, the champion out of the East will take on the champion out of the West. Currently, that would mean Troy–undefeated in the conference–would take on ULM. (12 PM EST | Network: ESPN)
Ninety minutes after the first two games kick off, Conference USA will hold its title game featuring the East and West champs. If the standings remain the same, UAB will take on Middle Tennessee. However, keep an eye on that East division race, as FIU is right behind Middle Tennessee and has one less conference game in the books. (1:30 PM EST | Network: CBS Sports)
A bit later in the afternoon, the American conference will hold its title game. In another East vs West champ format, undefeated UCF will likely take on Houston. (3:30 PM EST | Network: ABC)
Currently, the one game set in stone is the Southeastern Conference championship game, which will feature Alabama and Georgia. Both clinched spots in the first weekend of November, setting up what should be an exciting title bout. (4 PM EST | Network: CBS)
The Mountain West Conference Championship Game will take place between the Mountain champ and the West champ on Saturday night. If the standings hold, it’ll be Utah State against Fresno State. However, this title race is far from over, as Boise State is just one game behind Utah State and San Diego State is one game behind Fresno State. (7:45 PM EST | Network: ESPN)
The Atlantic and Coastal champions square off at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte for the ACC title. To no one’s surprise, Clemson sits atop the Atlantic Division, but hasn’t clinched just yet. Out of the Coastal, it’ll likely be Pitt or Virginia. (8 PM EST | Network: ABC)
The East and West champs from the Big Ten head to Lucas Oil Stadium – home of the Indianapolis Colts – to finish off the weekend. The East is up for grabs, as both Michigan and Ohio State have legit shots to grab the title and also head to the College Football Playoff. In the West, it’s anybody’s guess, as Northwestern sits atop the table, but Wisconsin and Purdue are just one game back. (8 PM EST | Network: FOX)
We hope this helps you plan out your Conference Championship Weekend so that you won’t miss a minute of the action. And if you’re looking for tickets to any of these games, check out your SeatGeek app for the best deals around.
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