Oregon at (#13)USC
8 p.m., FOX (Friday)
Washington was initially set to face the Trojans for the PAC-12 crown, but had to cancel due to COVID cases. However, this should still be a highly-entertaining game for your Friday evening. USC has played in some of the very best games of the season, nearly always playing to the level of their competition. Oregon should have no trouble going punch-for-punch with USC.
Prediction: USC-34, Oregon-31
(#10)Oklahoma at (#6)Iowa State
This should be the most competitive of the four P5 conference championship games on Saturday. These two met way back on Oct. 3, with Iowa State defeating a stunned Oklahoma team and dropping them to 1-2. The Sooners have won six straight since, clawing their way back into the top 10. The Cyclones have also gone unbeaten, giving them a shot at their first Big 12 crown. This rematch should be well worth the wait, and even more entertaining than the first round.
Prediction: Oklahoma-35, Iowa State-34
Air Force at Army
3 p.m., CBSSN
Army will be seeking the Commander in Chief’s Trophy after defeating Navy in a defensive slugfest last week. This one should again come down to the wire, albeit with a little more offense. Either way, the good guys win.
Prediction: Army-27, Air Force-23
(#19)Louisiana at (#12)Coastal Carolina
3:30 p.m., ESPN
Never mind, canceled.
Neither team has a winning record, yet this could be the wildest, most flat-out entertaining game of the day. LSU is coming off one of the most thrilling games of the 2020 season after stunning Florida in The Swamp, and could very well top it this week. Expect plenty of points, big plays and momentum swings.
Prediction: LSU-51, Ole Miss-48
(#3)Clemson at (#2)Notre Dame
4 p.m., ABC
The best part of Championship Saturday is when everything aligns for a de facto play-in game to reach the playoffs. Win and you’re in, lose and just hope for the best. Notre Dame won the first match-up on Nov. 7, taking down the Tigers in double overtime. However, this time Clemson will have Trevor Lawrence and several key starters who were not available the first time around. They’ll be ready for some revenge.
Prediction: Clemson-34, Notre Dame-24
(#1)Alabama at (#7)Florida
8 p.m., CBS
This appears to be a de facto play-in game as well, thanks to the Committee’s affinity for the SEC. The Gators somehow fell only two spots after losing to 3-5 LSU at home, signaling that they will be heading to the Playoffs with a victory over Alabama. I don’t see the Tide letting that happen though. The Gators offense, led by Heisman candidate Kyle Trask, will be able to make things interesting, but Alabama is just too loaded with marquee talent to let this one slip away.
Prediction: Alabama-52, Florida-38
Arizona State at Oregon State
10:30 p.m., ESPN
I could not have imagined how much Oregon State football I would be watching this season, but that’s 2020 for you. They are a fun, scrappy bunch that plays in the low-stakes type games that are perfect late-night viewing for when you may or may not drift off on the couch before the clock hits 0:00. Although after the way the Sun Devils dismantled Arizona last week to the tune of 70-7 (!!!), you may not need to stay up all the way to the end.
Prediction: Arizona State-30, Oregon State-23