The conference championship weekend is here, and the 10 matches will not only close the regular season of 2019 American football, but also help determine the college football playoff playoffs and New Year's Day 6.
In addition, it is only a weekend of great clashes of university football, with meetings classified between No. 1 LSU and No. 4 Georgia; No. 2 Ohio State and No. 10 Wisconsin; No. 3 Clemson and No. 22 Virginia; No. 5 Utah and No. 13 Oregon; No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 8 Baylor; and No. 16 Memphis and No. 21 Cincinnati.
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Sporting News will choose the 10 championship games of the anti-propagation conference to close what has been a great season. This is how we have done it this season:
Direct: 217-49, .816 (18-1 last week)
Against the spread: 148-118, .556 (11-8 last week)
Annoying Selections: 3-16, .158 (1-0 last week)
With that, the Sporting News elections against the spread for each conference championship game (fees provided courtesy of Sports Insider from ET noon on Monday, December 2):
No. 5 Utah (-6.5) vs. No. 13 Oregon
The Pac-12 championship, played on Friday night, is an essential material. The Utes can potentially hit their Playoff ticket with an impressive performance against the Ducks, and have covered each of the last eight weeks since they lost to the USC. The Utes won a 32-25 thriller against Oregon last year, and this could be similar. We just have the feeling that Oregon can start the weekend with a bit of chaos.
Oregon wins 34-33 in a DERANGED.
No. 6 Oklahoma (-8) vs. No. 8 Baylor
Style points count for both teams a defeat if Utah wins. This is a rematch of the classic that these two played in Waco on November 16, and the Bears must prove they are as comfortable as the Sooners on the big stage. Remember, Baylor at one point led the Sooner 28-3 before making the biggest comeback in Oklahoma's history. If Oklahoma looks for the role, as a result it finds a path to the Playoffs.
Oklahoma wins 41-34 but IT DOES NOT COVER the propagation.
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No. 20 State of the Appalachians (-6.5) vs. Louisiana
This is a rematch of last year's Sun Belt championship game, and the Mountaineers still have some hope for New Year's Day 6. Zac Thomas is coming off his best game of the season against Troy, and App State quarterback keeps him against Louisiana.
Appalachian State wins 36-21 and COVERED the propagation.
Central Michigan (-7) vs. Miami (Ohio)
The Chippewas are looking to complete a first season with Jim McElwain, and former Tennessee quarterback Quinten Dormady is warming up at the right time. The Michigan center averaged 47.3 points in its last three games. Miami lost its regular season finale to Ball State.
Central Michigan wins 38-28 and COVERED the propagation.
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No. 16 Memphis (-10) vs. No. 21 Cincinnati
It is a déjà vu game for both teams, which met Black Friday. The Bearcats committed three costly turnovers in that game, and Luke Fickell will throw new wrinkles at the Tigers' offense. This time it will be a little more strict, but it comes with the same result.
Memphis wins 34-27 but IT DOES NOT COVER the propagation.
UAB vs. FAU (-7)
It is a confrontation of the last two champions of the US Conference. UU., And a great training confrontation between Bill Clark and Lane Kiffin. The Owls have scored 34 points or more in each game of their five-game winning streak, and Kiffin wins a second conference title before looking for some job opportunities in Power 5.
FAU wins 37-27 and COVERED the propagation.
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No. 19 Boise State (-13.5) vs. Hawaii
The Broncos won the clash on October 12, 59-37, but they are 3-5 against the differential as a double-digit favorite this season. The Warriors closed the regular season with a run of four consecutive wins and this time they will stay a little longer.
Boise State wins 42-31 but IT DOES NOT COVER the propagation.
No. 1 LSU (-7.5) vs. No. 4 Georgia
If the Bulldogs win, then both teams could finish in the Playoffs. It is a clash of strength in strength where the second best scoring offensive in the nation (48.7) meets the second best scoring defense (10.4). The Tigers, however, prove to be too much in the second half.
LSU wins 34-26 and COVERED the propagation.
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No. 3 Clemson (-29) vs. No. 22 Virginia
The Tigers have won the last four ACC championship games by an average of 20.5 points per game, so why would it be different? Schools have not met since 2013, and Virginia should play with confidence after beating rival Virginia Tech. That will not be enough against a team that has allowed more than 14 points in a single game this season.
Clemson wins 41-17 but IT DOES NOT COVER the propagation.
No. 2 Ohio State (-16) vs. No. 10 Wisconsin
The Buckeyes cannot leave any doubt when completing a perfect season in the Big Ten, which would be the first since the conference had a nine-game conference calendar. The Buckeyes opened a 38-7 explosion against the Badgers on October 26 in the second half. Look for a similar trend here.
Ohio State wins 40-21 and COVERED the propagation.