College football TV viewing guide: Five games to watch

Marcus Mariota and the Oregon Ducks must avenge their only defeat this season to win the Pac-12 title. (AP photo)

Marcus Mariota and the Oregon Ducks must avenge their only defeat this season to win the Pac-12 title. (AP photo)

We move from Rivalry Weekend to Championship Weekend, which could lead us to more controversy when the final College Football Playoff rankings are announced on Sunday.

If TCU and Baylor both win, watch out. Or if Florida State beats Georgia Tech and falls to No. 5, then this entire process would be a farce.

Anyway, here’s the best games to check out on a weekend with a limited schedule.

Friday

Arizona vs. Oregon (Pac-12 Championship game), 9 p.m., Fox

Rich Rodriguez knows something that other coaches figure out. He knows how to beat Oregon. Arizona upset the Ducks earlier this season after defeating them last years. Marcus Mariota figures to win the Heisman, but Wildcats freshman QB Anu Solomon has been spectacular at times. They’ll need him in this one.

Saturday

Alabama vs. Missouri (SEC Championship game), 4 p.m., CBS

Missouri accomplished its mission, winning its final three games to hold off Georgia and win the East for the second consecutive year. The Tigers will face a different kind of team than it did last year when it lost to Auburn. Alabama likes to run the ball, but Missouri should seriously think about covering Amari Cooper with more than one person. Tide QB Blake Sims needs to protect the ball better than last week. These are two of the record 12 SEC teams heading to bowls.

Kansas State at Baylor, 7:45 p.m., ESPN

Baylor, which is No. 6 in the CFP rankings despite having defeated No. 3 TCU earlier this year, has a tougher finale than the Horned Frogs. TCU will probably have defeated pitiful Iowa State (2-9) — a noon start — long before Baylor lines up against tough Kansas State (9-2). The Wildcats will need to figure out a way to stop the Bears, who have scored at least 48 points in each of their past four games.

Florida State vs. Georgia Tech (ACC Championship game), 8 p.m., ABC

The Seminoles have so little respect from the CFP committee that they could fall out of the top four with yet another close victory, as has been their routine this season. They need to be careful with Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are playing with confidence and lead the ACC in turnover margin at plus-11. Jameis Winston and his 17 interceptions should be well aware of that fact.

Wisconsin at Ohio State (Big Ten Championship game), 8:17 p.m, Fox

The CFP committee seems determined to sneak Ohio State in the final four, but the Buckeyes must break in a new QB after J.T. Barrett was lost for the year with a broken ankle in last week’s win over Michigan. Their semifinal hopes now rely on third-stringer, and of course, the defense’s ability to build a wall around Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon (2,260 yards, 26 TDs), who could break the quarterback stranglehold on the Heisman Trophy.


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