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Your College Football Championship Saturday Viewing Guide: December 2, 2017

When you boil the college football schedule down to the most important games like this, insanity is almost guaranteed.

NCAA Basketball: Big Ten Conference Tournament-Ohio State vs Rutgers Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Depending on how today’s college football games actually play out, it’s not entirely possible that we get a completely different top four teams in the college football playoff bracket tomorrow afternoon.

Your top four are, in order, at the moment: Clemson, Auburn, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin. All four are in action today, and it’s entirely within the realm of possibility that all four lose and all four miss the playoff as a result. It wouldn’t necessarily be a one-for-one exact spot swap, but if Miami beats Clemson and Georgia beats Auburn, it’s easy to see how those teams could flip-flop their spots in and out of the top four.

The other two spots aren’t as clean cut in terms of the replacements. I don’t know if TCU or Ohio State deserve spots in the playoff if they upset Oklahoma and Wisconsin respectively, but I think it’s safe to say that the Sooners and Badgers would not deserve spots if they were to lose.

So, y’know, no pressure, guys.

There’s also the issue of what the committee will do with UCF if they defeat Memphis today. That will push them to 12-0 on the season, but they are sitting at just #14 in the rankings right now. Do they deserve one of the top four spots merely for being undefeated? I don’t know if I can say yes to that, but what I can say is that if all of the current top four teams lose today to create an insane mishmash of teams towards the top of the rankings, it would be highly stupid of the committee to not take a serious look at the Knights. UCF and Wisconsin are the only two undefeated teams in the FBS division right now. If the top four gets muddled, the Knights deserve a spot at the table. Hell, if the top four gets muddled badly enough and UCF loses, there’s an argument to be made for a one-loss Memphis team to earn a spot, as they’d be fresh off a win over UCF.

As always, I want the stupidest thing possible to happen to college football’s stupid non-NCAA approved championship structure, so fingers crossed for dumb, everyone!

Here’s the slate of action for the day.

College Football Championship Saturday Viewing Guide: 12/2/17

Time (CT) Game TV Network
Time (CT) Game TV Network
11:00 AM AAC Championship: #20 Memphis at #14 UCF ABC
MAC Championship: Akron vs Toledo ESPN
Conference USA Championship: North Texas at Florida Atlantic ESPN2
11:30 AM Big 12 Championship: #3 Oklahoma vs #11 TCU Fox
3:00 PM SEC Championship: #2 Auburn vs #6 Georgia CBS
6:30 PM Troy at Arkansas State ESPN2
6:45 PM Mountain West Championship: #25 Fresno State at Boise State ESPN
7:00 PM ACC Championship: #1 Clemson vs #7 Miami ABC
Big Ten Championship: #4 Wisconsin vs #8 Ohio State Fox