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6 Games to Watch During Conference Championship Weekend

Let the chaos ensue.

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FRIDAY

New Mexico State vs. (#24)Liberty
7 p.m., CBSSN

One of the best stories of the season is Jerry Kill returning to the sidelines and leading New Mexico State to 10 wins. That ending can be tied up with a nice bow if the Aggies can find a way to upset undefeated Liberty. Round one went to Liberty 33-17 way back on Sept. 9, but New Mexico State comes in riding an eight-game win streak that includes a 31-10 victory at Auburn, where they also collected $1.8 million for making the trip.
Prediciton: New Mexico State-31, Liberty-30

(#5)Oregon vs. (#3)Washington
8 p.m., FOX

Well here it is, this weekend’s play-in game for the College Football Playoffs. Washington won round one 36-33 on Oct. 14, but have been hanging on for dear life ever since. The Huskies have been challenged as they worked through some key injuries, but always find a way to win. Oregon has been clobbering opponents for the most part, and are a well-rounded team with little weaknesses. Despite Washington coming out on top earlier in the year, the Ducks stand as a 9.5-point favorite heading into the game.
Prediction: Oregon-38, Washington-31

SATURDAY

(#18)Oklahoma State at (#7)Texas
Noon, ABC

Oklahoma State is the most befuddling team in the nation, earning wins against ranked opponents Oklahoma and Kansas on their way to a 9-3 season, while also getting pounded by South Alabama and UCF by a combined score of 78-10. They could pull off the upset, especially with a big game from running back Ollie Gordon, or lose by 40.
Prediciton: Texas-27, Oklahoma State-17

(#1)Georgia vs. (#8)Alabama
4 p.m., CBS

Georgia looked a little shaky throughout the first half of the season (at least by their standards) but gradually improved to become the clear #1 at the conclusion of the regular season. Alabama was all but written off earlier in the year, but have kept finding ways to win while figuring out its offense. The Dawgs certainly look like the better team coming into the game, but never count out Alabma and Nick Saban whenever you put 60 minutes on the clock. A Tide upset would throw things into complete chaos heading into Selection Sunday.

Prediction: Georgia-30, Alabama-23

(#2)Michigan at (#16)Iowa
8 p.m., FOX

Everyone is writing this game off, but I can offer a few reasons it could be interesting:

-Michigan is coming off one of the biggest wins in program history and could be facing a bit of a letdown
-Their offensive line is banged up, and the right side of the line especially could struggle
-Iowa DC Phil Parker knows how to frustrate an offense and get them out of rhythm

Now for one main reason it could get ugly:
-Iowa still has the same offense.
Prediciton: Michigan-24, Iowa-3

(#14)Louisville at (#4)Florida State
8 p.m., ABC

The final piece of the College Football Playoff puzzle will wrap up shortly before midnight. Florida State should be guarenteed a spot with an undefeated season, but a loss here will open the door for arguments from every one-loss team on why they are most deserving. Louisville is a hard-nosed team that will come in angry after blowing their rivaly game to Kentucky last week. Florida State is the much more talented team, but will need to find a way to carry on with star quarterback Jordan Travis out for the season.
Predcition: Florida State-34, Louisville-28