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The 2018 college football season is shaping up to be one of the most competitively-balanced years we've seen. As it stands, 43 teams are still in contention to appear in, and potentially claim, their conference championships.
The ACC Championship will include Clemson and likely Pittsburgh as well, given the Panthers need just one more win in their final two games to clinch the Coastal division. Which isn't exactly the matchup the ACC has been envisioning for some time now.
The ACC originally aligned its division with the hope of getting as many FSU-Miami title games as possible.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 11, 2018
In 14 years, it's still never happened. ... But we're about to get Clemson-Pitt.
In the Big Ten East, in all likelihood, the winner of Michigan-Ohio State game in Week 13 will head on to face Northwestern. That's fairly open and shut. It's out further west where things begin to get a bit convoluted.
The Pac-12 is completely up for grabs, with five teams still in the hunt to place for the title game. In the North, Washington State clinches a spot with a win and a Washington loss. If they both win this weekend, the decision will be made the following week when they play each other in the Apple Cup.
In the South, Arizona State actually controls its own fate. If the Sun Devils can win out, ASU would knock off Utah and Arizona for the berth. First-year head coach Herm Edwards is doing a fine job.
Like many, many others, I laughed at Arizona State for hiring Herm Edwards.— Ben Kercheval (@BenKercheval) November 14, 2018
But with two weeks to go, the Sun Devils have already surpassed their preseason win total and are in the driver's seat to win the Pac-12 South.
How did Herm do it? FEATURE:https://t.co/SePsBC94wN
In the AAC, you have a laundry list of teams still lobbying for positions. UCF, Cincinnati, Temple, SMU, Houston, Tulane, and Memphis are the seven teams that could still potentially appear in the AAC Championship.
Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver has been ruled out for Thursday's game against Tulane. It will be fourth straight game Oliver has missed with a bruised right knee— Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) November 14, 2018
Soak it all in, there aren't throw-aways this late in the season.
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