Welcome to conference championship week.
With the College Football Playoff rankings set to be revealed on Sunday, all that’s left to do is play some of most pivotal games of a wild 2021 season. There’s plenty on the line from the first CFP berths for Michigan and Oklahoma State to Georgia trying to snap its losing streak to Alabama.
The action begins with the Pac-12 title game on Friday night before a Saturday that will be filled with action all day long.
This is going to be a lot of fun.
(Note: All times ET, odds from BetMGM)
Oregon and Kayvon Thibodeaux could win their third consecutive Pac-12 title. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
Pac-12: No. 10 Oregon vs. No. 17 Utah
Time: 8 p.m. (Friday) | TV: ABC | Line: Utah -2.5 | Total: 59.5
How these teams got here
Oregon (10-2, 7-2): The Ducks established themselves as one of the best teams in the country with a 35-28 win at Ohio State in Week 2. That came after a Week 1 win over a Fresno State team that finished 9-3 and saw coach Kalen DeBoer become the new coach at Washington. Oregon was 4-0 before somehow losing 31-24 at Stanford on Oct. 2. Despite the bad loss, Oregon was positioned to make the playoff by winning out but lost 38-7 at Utah on Nov. 20 to fall out of the top 10 in the CFP rankings.
Utah (9-3, 8-1): The Utes are the rare Power Five division winner with more non-conference losses than conference losses. Utah lost to both BYU and San Diego State in September before reeling off wins over Washington State, USC and Arizona State. The Utes’ only conference loss came on Oct. 23 at Oregon State. Since then, Utah has won five conference games and scored 38 or more points in four of them.
What’s on the line
Oregon: A win gets Oregon its third consecutive Pac-12 title and its second Rose Bowl appearance in three seasons. The Ducks ruined Utah’s playoff hopes in 2019…