Championship Week is upon us. The first conference title game on the docket is Friday night at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Oregon eliminated itself from playoff consideration with a loss to Arizona State two weeks ago, but Utah may find itself playing for more than a conference title with a win in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
We get another treat for Monday Night Football. With five games left in the regular season, both the Vikings and the Seahawks could be division winners, wild card teams, or (if they stumble greatly down the stretch) miss the playoffs altogether! I don’t see the latter happening, but this game will go a long way towards determining playoff positioning in the NFC.
Shake off that turkey coma. There's football on TV! Join BetAmerica columnist Ken Willinger as he examines three of the most intriguing games from college football's busy Friday schedule.
MVP frontrunner Lamar Jackson flies his flock of Ravens into L.A. Memorial Coliseum to battle the Rams on Monday Night Football. The Ravens are riding a six-game winning streak and currently sit behind the Patriots with the No. 2 spot in the AFC. The Rams are in a more tenuous position, and find themselves tied with the Cowboys for the sixth spot in the NFC. There’s still a month and a half left in the regular season, but this game carries significant postseason implications.
Friday night gives college football fans a battle of middle-of-the-pack MWC teams. Wyoming is already bowl-eligible, but Colorado State needs to win both here in Laramie and also against Boise State in their home finale to get there. That’s a tall order to say the least—especially when you consider that the Cowboys are 5-0 at home this year.
We’ve got a huge AFC West showdown on Monday Night Football. The Chiefs have Patrick Mahomes back, but they’ve got work to do sitting at fifth in the conference standings. Meanwhile, this is a dirt nap game for the Chargers. They’re currently 11th in the conference and a divisional loss here would all but end their postseason hopes.
Friday night offers us a great glimpse into Conference USA, as perhaps the conference’s best two teams face off in Huntington, West Virginia. The last time Louisiana Tech played Marshall it was in the 2014 C-USA title game.
We’ve had a lot of disappointing Monday Night Football games this year, but this one does not qualify! Can the 49ers, the last unbeaten team in the league, remain unblemished against their NFC West rivals? Jimmy Garoppolo has been more than serviceable completing almost 71% of his passes, but Russell Wilson has been playing like the MVP of the league.
UCF will try to stay in the hunt to defend its AAC crown when they travel to Tulsa on Friday night. The Knights are big favorites but Tulsa has been a much better team than their record shows. They own a win over Wyoming (6-2) and have been a tough out in games against SMU (6 point loss), Cincinnati (11 point loss), and Memphis (1 point loss).
Monday Night Football graciously bestows a divisional rivalry game on us this week. The Cowboys will enter MetLife Stadium at 3-0 in the division and having beaten New York five times in a row including 35-17 in the opener this year. This is a "line in the sand" game for the Giants as if they drop this one, they’ll have virtually no hope in the division.