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It's Championship Week in college football, which unfortunately means that the regular season is drawing to a close. But after this weekend we'll finally know for sure who is in the College Football Playoff and who is not.
Nearly every playoff hopeful has a game this week except for Notre Dame, which is essentially a lock for the final four. No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Georgia play a National Championship rematch from last season in the SEC Championship Game. No. 2 Clemson takes on 7-5 Pitt in a game where the Tigers have a lot to lose and absolutely nothing to gain. No. 5 Oklahoma can avenge their only loss this year against No. 9 Texas in the Big 12 Championship. And No. 6 Ohio State tries to sneak into the playoff with a win over No. 21 Northwestern.
While the prospect of Championship Week is exciting, the lines don't exactly think we're in for very many close games.
That's a 26.5-point spread in a championship game for Clemson, which will happen when your opponent is 7-5 and comes from perhaps the worst division in college football. Meanwhile, the difference between Georgia and Alabama is seen as roughly the same as the difference between Northwestern and Ohio State. While the Buckeyes being 14-point favorites makes some sense, even if they hadn't been playing particularly well before the Michigan game, a top-five team in Georgia being two-touchdown underdogs seems outlandish.
Meanwhile, outside of the College Football Playoff sphere, No. 17 Utah takes on No. 10 Washington in the Pac-12 Championship Game for a chance to go to the Rose Bowl, after Washington dashed Washington State's playoff hopes last week. No. 25 Fresno State is playing No. 19 Boise State in the Mountain West Championship Game with a potential New Year's Six Bowl on the table, now that UCF is more likely to fall in their conference title game after losing QB McKenzie Milton to a gruesome knee injury. Both of those games are projected to be within a touchdown, even if they don't affect the playoff race.
Let's hope that some of these games are closer than the spreads point to or else we're going to be in for a drama-free Championship Saturday.
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