This afternoon’s SEC championship game between LSU and Georgia sets up a classic offense vs. defense matchup. The top-ranked Tigers are perfectly comfortable in an offensive shootout, while the fourth-ranked Bulldogs would prefer a defensive quagmire. LSU is the second-highest scoring football team in the country, putting up nearly 49 points a game. Georgia has posted three shutouts while surrendering an average of less than 11 points. In addition to the SEC title, the winner of today's game is sure to earn a spot in the College Football Playoff.
The Kansas City Chiefs will head into arguably their biggest game of the season Sunday in New England with the very real possibility that their leading rusher could be a running back that joined the team just a few days ago.
A day of college football championship games kicks off at noon Eastern time when No. 6 Oklahoma plays No. 8 Baylor for the Big 12 title and a shot at a possible playoff spot. Both teams are 11-1. The Sooners are going for their fifth consecutive Big 12 title. Oklahoma has been to the playoff three of the last four seasons. This is Baylor's first Big 12 title game. The Bears have a chance to avenge their only loss. They lost 34-31 at home to Oklahoma just three weeks ago.
CJ Verdell ran for 208 yards and broke open the game with two long touchdown runs in the fourth quarter, and No. 13 Oregon spoiled No. 5 Utah's playoff hopes with a 37-15 victory in the Pac-12 championship game. The Utes came into the game hoping to make a case for one of the four playoff spots with a conference title but instead got overmatched by Oregon and lost their second straight Pac-12 championship game.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is happy his players get to finally make a case for themselves that they are championship-worthy at the ACC title game. The third-ranked Tigers will take on No. 22 Virginia for the league title on Saturday night. There will be little doubt after the result on whether defending national champion Clemson will be in the four-team College Football Playoff. Swinney has consistently defended his program's schedule and his team's play throughout its undefeated season. Clemson is seeking to become the first program with five straight ACC title game wins. They're also looking for their 28th straight victory.
A person familiar with the negotiations says Mississippi is working to hire FAU's Lane Kiffin as its next head football coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because negotiations were ongoing and Kiffin still hasa game to coach. Florida Atlantic faces UAB in the Conference USA championship game at home Saturday in Boca Raton, Florida. The Owls are looking for their second C-USA title in three years under the 44-year-old Kiffin. Ole Miss fired coach Matt Luke on Sunday. Mississippi would be Kiffin's fifth head coaching job, fourth in college, during a tumultuous career.
Baylor got the real sense of belonging in the conversations about Big 12 and playoff contenders after a fast start against Oklahoma. That didn't change after the Sooners had their biggest comeback ever. The No. 6 Sooners and No. 8 Bears play again Saturday for the Big 12 title and very possibly a spot in the College Football Playoff. The game comes three weeks after the Sooners overcame a 25-point deficit in Waco and beat the Bears 34-31. Oklahoma is the four-time defending champion going for its 13th title overall. Baylor is playing in its first Big 12 championship game.
No. 2 Ohio State will seek an unprecedented third consecutive outright title when it faces No. 10 Wisconsin in Saturday's Big Ten championship game. A win also would give the undefeated Buckeyes one of the four precious playoff spots. The Buckeyes have won six straight in the series and both of the previous two title games between the schools. The Badgers also lost 38-7 earlier this season in Columbus. Ohio State has an 18-game winning streak.