College football conference championships: Where and when to watch

It’s conference championship weekend in the world of college football and it’s sure to be an exciting day of games. Most of these games have big implications on the College Football Playoff, but some are just playing for a spot in the New Year’s Six.

There are plenty of great games to watch and we at Campus Sports don’t want you to miss any of them. Let’s take a look at when and where you can watch all these games, if you decide to stay at home with a plate of wings and bucket of cold beer.

Without further ado, here is today’s television schedule for the college football conference championship!

AAC Championship: Houston vs Temple, 12 noon EST, ABC

The winner of this game will be the highest-ranked team from the Group of Five conferences and will be playing in a New Year’s Six bowl game and this is a great way to kick off Championship Saturday. It’s a battle of a dynamic offense against a stifling defense, however, an Owl on offense could be the difference maker.

Temple running back Jahad Thomas is second in rushing in the AAC with nearly 1,200 yards on the ground this year. For the Cougars, quarterback Greg Ward Jr. is their player to watch as he is able to make plays with his arm and his legs.

Conference USA Championship: Southern Mississippi vs Western Kentucky, 12 noon EST, ESPN2

Todd Monken has done a great job turning things around in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The last two years, the team had only won three total games and they are now 9-3 and playing for the conference title.

The Hilltoppers are playing for their first conference championship since coming to the FBS, so this game should be entertaining to watch. You have to watch both quarterbacks and WKU’s Brandon Doughty and USM’s Nick Mullens love to toss the rock around.

SEC Championship: Florida vs Alabama, 4 p.m. EST, CBS

These two teams are playing for something very different right now. The Gators won’t be getting to the CFP, but they won’t get to the Sugar Bowl if they don’t win this game either, while the Crimson Tide are trying to get to the CFP for the second straight year.

Alabama’s Derrick Henry is obviously the biggest player to watch today, but you have to keep an eye on Antonio Morrison for the Gators. If and WHEN these two collide, you’ll be able to hear it down the street at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Mountain West Championship: Air Force vs San Diego State, 7:30 p.m. EST, ESPN2

Neither of these teams were expected to compete in the conference, let alone be playing each other for the championship today. This game should serve as a nice buffer between the SEC Championship and the nightcap of games.

For the Falcons, Jacobi Owens has rushed for nearly 1,000 yards, which is impressive with the way they perfect spreading the love in their triple option offense. Maxwell Smith has done a great job for the Aztecs, throwing for over 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns this year.

PAC-12 Championship: Stanford vs USC, 7:45 p.m. EST, ESPN

The Cardinal are looking to become a dynasty of sorts in the PAC-12 as a win tonight would give them their third conference title in four years. The Trojans are looking to win the title after a year of adversity that has ended on them getting a brand new head coach.

It goes without saying that Christian McCaffrey is the one player to watch for the Cardinal. For the Trojans, you have to look at Cody Kessler as being the player to watch for them as he is trying to make a name for himself when it comes to the NFL Draft as well as getting to the Rose Bowl.

ACC Championship: Clemson vs North Carolina, 8 p.m. EST, ABC

In all honesty, this game should serve as a national quarterfinal this week, but North Carolina is ranked six spots out of the CFP and I don’t think they can sneak into the picture, even with a win. The Tigers are looking to complete their perfection and get into the CFP with a win tonight.

Wayne Gallman for the Tigers should be a big difference maker in this one. Marquise Williams for the Tar Heels is dynamic and has looked hot the last month and a half. Don’t be surprised to see him get a few good plays off.

Big Ten Championship: Iowa vs Michigan State, 8:17 p.m. EST, FOX

While the ACC Championship game won’t serve as a national quarterfinal, this one does. This game from Indianapolis should be a great one as these two improbable division champions meet for the first time this season.

Jordan Canzeri and C.J. Beatherd should be big pieces for Iowa tonight. It will be important to consider Connor Cook’s health for the Spartans as he looked okay last week, but you never know with shoulder injuries.

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