The end of the regular season for almost all of the conferences in the FBS means it’s time for the College Football Conference Championship Game weekend: Florida vs Alabama in the SEC, USC vs Stanford in the Pac-12, Clemson vs North Carolina in the ACC, Iowa vs Michigan State in the Big Ten and also the championships of the MAC, Conference USA, American Conference and the Mountain West.
The Big 12 doesn’t have a championship game, hoping Oklahoma has done enough to merit a place in the playoff. The Sun Belt doesn’t hold a championship game either, but the regular season hasn’t ended for the conference’s teams.
MAC Championship Game – Northern Illinois vs Bowling Green
Where & When? Ford Field in Detroit Michigan, on December 4 at 8 PM Eastern Time
Since 1997 the MAC has been decided on a championship game. The Huskies have won the MAC four times, most recently in 2014. For the Falcons it’s been 11 times as MAC champions but just once under the current format (2013). Northern Illinois are 8-4 this season, Bowling Green 9-3. The Falcons have won 10 of the 18 games between the two schools, with the last two games being for the conference championship. Northern Illinois won the last encounter.
American Conference Championship Game – Temple vs Houston
Where & When? The TDECU Stadium in Houston, Texas, on December 5 at 12 PM Eastern Time.
This is the first time the conference that rose from the ashes of the Big East and added some slim pickings from all over will hold a conference championship game. Both Temple and Houston have never won it (the conference) before. Temple won the East division with a 10-2 record, Houston won the West with a 11-1 record. It’s the fourth time the two programs are meeting. Houston have won all four games, including the last two as conference games, winning 31-10 on the last occasion in 2014.
Conference USA Championship Game – Southern Mississippi vs Western Kentucky
Where & When? L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Kentucky on December 5 at 12 PM Eastern Time.
There has been a championship game for the conference since 2005. Southern Miss have played in it twice, winning it in 2011. For the 10-2 Hilltoppers it’s the first time in the championship game. They still haven’t won this conference. The 9-3 Golden Eagles have won it on five different occasions. The two teams have met just once (in 2012) with Western Kentucky winning 42-17.
SEC Championship Game – Florida vs Alabama
Where & When? Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia on December 5 at 4 PM Eastern Time.
There has been an SEC Championship game since 1992. Overall, the 10-2 Gators have won the conference 8 times, including seven times in the current format, the last time in 2008. Alabama (11-1) have won the SEC 24 times, five times under the current format, including last year against Missouri. Alabama have a 25-14 record against the Gators, winning their four most recent encounters.
Mountain West Championship Game – Air Force vs San Diego State
Where & When? Still don’t know where. It’ll be on December 5 at 7:30 PM Eastern Time.
This is the third MWC championship game, with both teams appearing for the first time. The 9-4 Aztecs have already beaten Air Force this season, and have won conference title in the Mountain West back in 2012. Air Force (8-4) still haven’t won the Mountain West. Air Force lead the all-time series 19-15, but have lost six in a row.
Pac-12 Championship Game – USC vs Stanford
Where & When? Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on December 5 at 7:45 PM Eastern Time.
Surprisingly, this is the first time for USC in the Pac-12 championship game, although the 8-4 Trojans, who have already lost this season to Stanford, have won the Pac-12 in its different variations 38 times. The 10-2 Cardinal have won the championship game edition twice (two visits) out of their 14 conference titles. USC lead the all-time series 58-29-3.
Big Ten Championship Game – Michigan State vs Iowa
Where & When? Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 5 at 8 PM Eastern Time.
This is the fifth edition of the Big Ten championship game, making it a second time for Michigan State (winning it in 2013) and a first for Iowa. The Hawkeyes are 11-time Big Ten champions, the last time being in 2004. Michigan State have 8 Big Ten titles. Iowa have the winning record in the series, going 23-20-1. The Spartans won the last meeting in 2013, beating Iowa 26-14 in Iowa City. Iowa are 12-0 this season, Michigan State 11-1.
ACC Championship Game – Clemson vs North Carolina
Where & When? Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina on December 5 at 8 PM Eastern Time.
This is a first for North Carolina since the conference began the title game tradition, while the Tigers have been to one of these, winning it in 2011. The 12-0 Tigers have won the ACC 14 times in the past. North Carolina have won it five times, the last of them coming in 1980. Clemson lead the all-time series 35-18-1, winning five of the last six games, including 50-35 at home in 2014.