NCAA Week 14 Early Lookahead: Conference Championship Weekend!

Matthew Jordan

Thursday, November 22, 2018 4:46 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 4:46 PM UTC

Here’s a quick look at some interesting Week 14 college football matchups, all of which SBR will have covered in one way or another.

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 5 Georgia

When: Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, Atlanta

It’s the SEC Championship Game matchup that pretty much everyone expected and wanted to see. It’s the first time these schools have met in the game since 2012 when the national No. 2 Tide knocked off the No. 3 Dawgs 32-28 in a thriller. AJ McCarron threw the game-winning 45-yard TD to Amari Cooper with 3:15 to go. A Georgia drive at the end died at the Alabama 5 as time ran out and with the Dawgs out of timeouts. Bama would then beat Notre Dame in the BCS title game.

Of course, Alabama and Georgia met in last year’s College Football Playoff national championship game with the Tide as 3.5-point favorites. They were dominated in trailing 13-0 at halftime, but then Nick Saban unveiled a Hawaiian freshman QB that most of the country had never heard of: Tua Tagovailoa. He led the big comeback, culminating in a walk-off 41-yard TD pass to Devonta Smith in overtime – the first walk-off TD in FBS championship history.

Georgia has lost four straight to Alabama (last win in 2007), but SEC officials have to be rooting for a close Dawgs win here as that might get both SEC programs back in the playoff – although it depends on what happens elsewhere around the country on conference championship weekend.

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No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 24 Pittsburgh

When: Saturday, 8 p.m. ET, Charlotte

The Tigers look to book their return to the College Football Playoff by winning a fourth straight ACC Championship Game and will be double-digit favorites over a Pittsburgh team making its first appearance in the game. An early Clemson-Alabama playoff line has the Tigers as 7.5-point underdogs.

Coach Pat Narduzzi has done a fine job with the Panthers, but they don’t belong on the same field with Clemson considering Pitt lost by 45 to Penn State, 31 at Central Florida and by three at a terrible North Carolina side. They did nearly win at Notre Dame, though. The Panthers are the sixth different team to represent the Coastal Division in the last six years.

Clemson and Pitt have met just twice all-time. Pitt beat Clemson, 34-3, in the 1977 Gator Bowl and knocked off the No. 2 Tigers, 43-42, in 2016. This preview will be posted Monday.

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Stanford at California

When: Saturday, 3 p.m. ET

Original NCAAF Lines: Cardinal -2, total: 45

No, this isn’t the Pac-12 Championship Game. That’s Friday from Levi’s Stadium outside San Francisco. The “Big Game” between the Cardinal and Bears was to be played Nov. 17 in Berkeley but poor air quality from all those terrible California wildfires forced it to be moved to this Saturday. It’s just the second postponement of the Big Game. It was delayed one week in 1963 following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

It’s the 121st all-time meeting in one of college football’s oldest rivalries and now serves as the regular-season finale for the first time since 2007. This used to be the finale for both – remember the incredible ending to the 1982 Big Game? Both these schools are bowl-eligible. Had one of the two been in the running for the Pac-12 title game, then obviously this game couldn’t have been played this weekend.

Stanford leads the series 63-46-11. The Cardinal have won the past eight in the series, the longest streak by either side. It was 17-14 last year on the Farm. Bryce Love rushed for 101 yards, including a 57-yard TD, but missed most of the fourth quarter due to injury. Cal’s Patrick Laird had 153 yard and a touchdown on 20 carries.

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