College Football Conference Championship Games Schedule
A look at the schedule of conference championship games. A handful of BCS bowl bids are on the line as well as the two spots in the BCS National Championship game.
Below is the schedule of conference championship games with TV schedule. A handful of BCS bowl bids are on the line as well as the two spots in the BCS National Championship game. All times Eastern.
Friday, Dec. 6
MAC: Northern Illinois (12-0) vs. Bowling Green (9-3), 8 p.m., ESPN2, Ford Field, Detroit: An automatic bid to a BCS bowl for the second consecutive season is likely on the line (Fiesta Bowl) for Northern Illinois. Quarterback Jordan Lynch is having a tremndous season and this game will also serve as one last opportunity to impress the Heisman voters. Meanwhile, Bowling Green hasn't won the MAC since 1992 and will be looking for its first double-digit win season since going 11-3 in 2003.
Saturday, Dec. 7
C-USA: Marshall (9-3) vs. Rice (9-3), 11 a.m., ESPN2, Rice Stadium, Houston. Usually the winner of C-USA is headed to the Liberty Bowl, but there is no guarantee of that happening this season. The Liberty Bowl could take an AAC team vs. SEC, but if Marshall wins this game, it will most likely take the Thundering Herd. Neither team has ever won the C-USA title.
SEC: Auburn (11-1) vs. Missouri (11-1), 4 p.m., CBS, Georgia Dome, Atlanta. For the first time in a few years, the winner of the SEC Championship game isn't guaranteed a spot in the BCS National Championship game. But with this game being at 4 p.m. and the ACC and Big Ten title games at night, the winner of this game could be in line for a spot in the BCS Championships if Florida State or Ohio State lose. If not, the winner of this game will earn the automatic bid to the Sugar Bowl where it will likely meet UCF.
Pac-12: Stanford (10-2) vs. Arizona State (10-2), 7:45 p.m., ESPN, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.: Since neither team will be playing in the national title game, the Rose Bowl is on the line. Stanford played in the Rose Bowl last season, while Arizona State hasn't played in the Rose Bowl since losing to Ohio State in 1997.
ACC: Florida State (12-0) vs. Duke (10-2), 8 p.m., ABC, Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte: The Seminoles know everything is on the line in the ACC title game. Win and they play for the BCS National Championship. Lose and they will likely be headed to the Sugar Bowl as an at-large team. Duke looks to put the finishing touches on an incredible season by pulling the upset and earning an automatic bid to the Orange Bowl as ACC Champions. The last time Duke played in the Orange Bowl? 1958. The last time Duke was outright ACC Champions? 1954.
Big Ten: Ohio State (12-0) vs. Michigan State (11-1), 8 p.m., FOX, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis: The Rose Bowl is on the line for both schools, but the Buckeyes have higher hopes. Ohio State needs to win and get help to earn a spot in the BCS National Championship. Michigan State hasn't played in the Rose Bowl since 1988, so the Spartans would love to reach Pasadena, while ending Ohio State's dream of an undefeated season.
Mountain West: Fresno State (10-1) vs. Utah State (8-4), 10 p.m., CBS, Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, Calif.: Fresno State's chance at a BCS bowl are gone after losing to San Jose State on Friday, but the Bulldogs can still claim the Mountain West title by beating Utah State and likely earn a trip to the Las Vegas Bowl. Utah State clinched its bid to the MW Championship game after beating Wyoming 35-7.
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