College football schedule, 2021 matches: what to watch in week 14, TV channels, Saturday kick-off times
A day of conference title games is in the books and a busy Saturday has finally arrived as college football championship week has arrived. Some of these games will not only instill pride but also serve as a closing argument for teams aiming for the college football playoffs. Georgia No.1 and Alabama No.3 will face off in one of the most anticipated SEC Championship games of all time. Georgia is essentially a lock for the CFP, but Alabama needs a win to get in and gain confidence heading into the playoffs.
The Michigan No.2 is in his first-ever Big Ten Championship game, and a victory over the Iowa No.13 will see Jim Harbaugh advance to CFP – something he has eluded since he took over the program.
It will be a busy and busy college football weekend. Here’s a spectator guide to help you navigate through the action.
Every hour in the east
All matches on Saturday, unless otherwise specified
The great games
No. 5 Oklahoma State vs. No. 9 Baylor (in Arlington, TX) – noon on ABC: The Cowboys won Bedlam last week with an all-age defensive performance in the second half, and are looking for another win and style points to show the CFP selection committee. Quarterback Spencer Sanders had a big day last week, but it’ll be tougher here against the Bears’ strong defense.
No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 3 Alabama (in Atlanta) – 4 p.m. on CBS: The Bulldog defense has been one of the best in a generation, and it’s the final act until the playoffs are a clash against an Alabama team that has been inconsistent throughout the season. . Meanwhile, Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young could take home the Heisman Trophy on Saturday afternoon if he has a big game.
No. 21 Houston at No. 4 Cincinnati – 4 p.m. on ABC: The Bearcats are currently in the CFP position, but several other teams, including Oklahoma State and Notre Dame, are behind them. Houston has won 11 straight games and quarterback Clayton Tune has settled in well. It will be a big day at Nippert Stadium in what is the CFP-era Group of Five’s biggest game.
# 2 Michigan vs # 13 Iowa (in Indianapolis) – 8 p.m. on Fox: The Wolverines’ hasty attack led by Hassan Haskins torched and embarrassed Ohio State last weekend, but the challenge is a lot different this week against a defensive-leading Hawkeyes team. These are uncharted waters for Jim Harbaugh’s crew, so it’ll be interesting to see if there’s a hangover from the victory over the Buckeyes. If so, it could radically change the image of the PSC.
Other great games
No. 10 Oregon vs. No. 17 Utah (in Las Vegas) – Friday, 8 p.m. on ABC: Utah eliminated Oregon from the CFP race on Nov. 20. Revenge will therefore be on the minds of coach Mario Cristobal and the Ducks on Friday night in Sin City. These two teams are striving to dominate up front, and that’s what this one should come down to on Friday night.
No. 15 Pittsburgh vs. No. 16 Wake Forest (in Charlotte) – 8 p.m. on ABC: Get your popcorn ready, because the quarterback game between Panthers star Kenny Pickett and Demon Deacons signalman Sam Hartman will result in plenty of points. Plus, it could be a Heisman Trophy finalists elimination match for the quarterfinals.