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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. 

Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, UAB and Northwestern are the five teams that have locked up conference title berths thus far. 

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. 

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.

In the Big 12, every game counts from here on out. Oklahoma and West Virginia are favorites but they also play each other in the last game of the regular season. The Mountaineers and Sooners are being chased by Texas (that beat OU) and Iowa State (that beat WVU). Texas and Iowa State meet this weekend and the loser will likely be eliminated. 

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. 

There may never be a college football season this competitively balanced again. We are watching a year that now features roughly one-third of FBS football programs still eligible for their conference title game with just three weeks remaining in the season. 

Soak it all in, there aren't throw-aways this late in the season.

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