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College Football 2021 Championship Week Preview

College Football 2021 - Georgia vs. Alabama
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The regular season for College Football has ended. Now the fun begins! We start with Championship Week games, which could cause a lot of chaos for the Playoff rankings on Sunday.

Here is your College Football Championship Week preview.

College Football Championship Week Top Matchups

No. 10 Oregan vs. No. 17 Utah

  • Game Info: Friday, 8:00 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Prediction: Oregon 31, Utah 30

Oregon was in a position to earn a spot in the College Football Playoff semifinals two weeks ago, but that went out the window with a 38-7 loss at Utah on Nov. 20. Now, the teams meet again for the Pac-12 title on a neutral field. With it comes a trip to the Rose Bowl. The Utes have never won the league title, but are rolling while outscoring their opponents 200-80 during their current five-game winning streak. The last time these teams met for the Pac-12 championship, the Ducks won 37-15 in 2019. IN the last game, I think the Utah crowd took Oregon out of the game. This time I think they win a close one.

No. 9 Baylor vs. No. 5 Oklahoma State

  • Game Info: Saturday, 12:00 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Prediction: Baylor 28, Oklahoma State 24

Should Oklahoma State beat Baylor for the second time this season, and some other results around the country fall in its favor then Mike Gundy’s group will be part of the CFP semifinals. The Cowboys have averaged 40.4 points during their five-game winning streak. Meanwhile, Baylor has allowed an average of 16.0 points while winning its last three contests. The Bears’ last Big 12 title came in 2014. Oklahoma State’s only one goes back to 2011. It’s tough to beat a team twice and I don’t think the Cowboys can do it here, the Bears win.

No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 3 Alabama

  • Game Info: Saturday, 4:00 p.m. ET (CBS)
  • Prediction: Georgia 42, Alabama 21

Okay, Georgia defense. It’s time to show just how good you really are.

The Alabama offensive line has talent – lots and lots of talent. It has future NFL players, all-star skill, depth, and all the guys you’d expect a Nick Saban team to have at this stage of the program’s consistent dominance.

It also doesn’t provide a lick of pass protection.

QB Bryce Young is talented and savvy enough to overcome the issues – for the most part – but no matter how many ways you want to spin it, if you’ve scored three points for the first 58ish minutes and you need to go 97 yards to save your season against a very-good-not-Georgia Auburn D, something isn’t quite right somewhere on your O.

Georgia’s defense has been a brick wall all season long.

It allows just 79 rushing yards per game, it’s the best in the nation in pass efficiency defense, No. 2 in pass D, and it leads the country in total defense.

This isn’t the team to go against when your offense is still trying to figure some things out.

Best of all for the Dawgs, it’s not like they’ve had to tax their top players in a whole slew of high pressure situations. No one doubts that this group can rise up when needed – it did that in the opener against Clemson – but it’s been so good at getting the job done early that this is about as fresh a team as you’ll find this late into the year. Georgia wins this one going away.

No. 21 Houston at No. 4 Cincinnati

  • Game Info: Saturday, 4:00 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Prediction: Houston 45, Cincinnati 42

A battle of two future Big 12 teams is coming to the AAC. But more than the American Athletic Conference championship will be on the line this weekend. It’s safe to say this is the biggest game in Cincinnati football history. A 22nd consecutive non-bowl victory and the Bearcats will be part of the College Football Playoff semifinals. They’ve won the last two meetings with Houston by a combined 43 points. However, the Cougars are averaging 40.4 points and giving up 18.2 during their current 11-game winning streak. I think Houston finds a way to win this in the last seconds.

No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 13 Iowa

  • Game Info: Saturday, 8:00 p.m. ET (Fox)
  • Prediction: Michigan 34, Iowa 10

It’s probably safe to say that not many thought this would be the matchup for the Big Ten title. But, the Wolverines finally got the best of Ohio State and JIm Harbaugh gets his long awaited appearance in the league title game. A win here, and Michigan will be playing for a shot at a national title. The Wolverines allow an average of 17.2 points. Which likely doesn’t bode well for Iowa and its inconsistent offense that’s been held to 17 or fewer points three times this season. These teams split the last four meetings, but only Iowa has played in the league’s championship game before. The Wolverines should get the victory.

No. 15 Pittsburgh vs. No. 16 Wake Forest

  • Game Info: Friday, 8:00 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Prediction: Pitt 52, Wake 48

It’s truly a year of firsts when it comes to the ACC Championship Game. For the first time in seven seasons, Clemson won’t be crowned champion. As a result, Wake Forest will be looking for its third ACC championship. and first since 2006. Pitt, meanwhile, has never won this league’s football title. We should also be in for a fun matchup between two of the nation’s top quarterbacks in the Panthers’ Kenny Pickett (4,066 passing yards, 40 touchdowns, seven interceptions) and Wake’s Sam Hartman (3,705 yards, 34 TDs, 10 INTs). Pitt won the most recent meeting 34-13 in 2018. I just don’t trust Wake’s defense to stop Pitt at all, and I think Pitt’s defense is good enough to stop Wake once or twice. Pitt wins.

Should be another excellent week of College Football!

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