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College Football Championship Saturday: Who will join Oregon?

Oregon Ducks are PAC-12 Champs and are the first team locked into the College Football Playoff. Who will join the high flying Ducks? Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Oregon Ducks are PAC-12 Champs and are the first team locked into the College Football Playoff. Who will join the high flying Ducks?
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Championship weekend did not get off to a rousing start on Friday night. Well, for the Oregon Ducks it did. Without a shadow of doubt, Oregon stomped all over the Arizona Wildcats to redeem their past two failures. Oregon outscored Arizona 51-13 to earn the first PAC-12 Championship game on a neutral site. Now they are locked into the College Football Playoff top four. That means there are only three spots remaining.

With Oregon’s dominating performance, they deserve real consideration to be the No.1 team in the country. If the committee thinks so highly of Alabama, and won’t reward Florida State as presently constructed, there’s no reason not to have the Ducks as the No.1 overall seed when the announcement is made on Sunday.

Northern Illinois also won their MAC Championship game in a rout. The Huskies dumped Bowling Green 51-17 to reestablish dominance in the Mid-American Conference.

No.3 TCU is ready for their season finale against Iowa State, but one wonders if their spot is a tenuous situation. Like every other College Football Playoff hopeful today, TCU has to win, and they might have to win impressively. The Horned Frogs also have to wary about Baylor’s performance on Saturday.

The No.6 Baylor Bears host Kansas State in what could be the best and most important game of the game. If Baylor wins, they’ll clinch at least a share of the Big 12 title, but it might not be enough to earn a trip to the College Football Playoff. Baylor will have Bryce Petty after he was cleared to play on Friday. 

The aforementioned No.1 Alabama Crimson Tide face off with No.16 Missouri Tigers. Alabama is a double digit favorite, and that’s mainly due to Missouri’s lack of an explosive offense. This is Missouri’s second SEC Championship game in a three year span.

The Big 10 Championship will be decided by No.5 Ohio State and No.13 Wisconsin. Ohio State will unleash their third string quarterback, Cardale Jones for the first time. Wisconsin is the slight favorite entering Saturday, but they’ll need plenty of help to even be considered for a top four playoff spot. Many think an impressive showing by Ohio State will earn them a playoff spot for sure. However, it could be at someone’s expense.

Finally, we get to the ACC Championship game. No.4 and undefeated Florida State look to keep their championship hopes alive against the No.11 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Jameis Winston and the Seminoles have survived everything this season, but they will be without running back Karlos Williams due to a concussion.

There is sure to be plenty of starting at the top of the afternoon, and it should continue throughout the day. We leave you with this one College Football Playoff poll.  


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