4MP 2018 College Football Conference Championship Predictions
Big 12 Championship Game: Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Longhorns
Oklahoma’s defense couldn’t even keep your local high school’s offense from scoring, having given up the most total yards in the Big 12 (5,388) -- yes, more than notoriously putrid defense Texas Tech -- and allowing a conference-worst 32.8 points. Despite a phantom D, the Sooners boast the most explosive player in the country in quarterback Kyler Murray aka Light Skin Bo Jackson. Murray’s never lost at AT&T Stadium, having put foes in the proverbial torture chamber during his high school days at Allen. He almost beat Texas single-handley in the Red River Rivalry earlier this past season, when he accounted for 396 total yards and five touchdowns and is out for blood. Despite Texas’ improved defense and the best/tallest receiver tandem in the nation (Li’l Jordan Humphrey and Collin Johnson), the Longhorns won’t be able to stop the football Gods from producing what the people want -- The Kyler vs Tua showdown. Oklahoma gets revenge and the drunken Sooners fan base dominate the DFW per usual.
Big Ten Championship Game: Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Northwestern Wildcats
Ohio State’s played down to their competition weekly, barely beating an embattled Maryland team, narrowly escaping Scott Frost and lowly but up-and-coming Nebraska and losing to a Purdue squad that isn’t anything to write home about. Though the loss of Purdue’s so bad it’ll probably keep the Buckeyes from reaching the College Football Playoffs, Urban Meyer’s crew beat Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines like a drum last week, cruising to a 63-39 win over the “No. 1 defense in America” and will be looking for style points against a Northwestern squad that’s played above their talent, which they usually do, but are still at the end of the day Northwestern. Dwayne Haskins is the best pocket passer Meyer’s ever coached and has been torching opponents all season, setting conference records for passing yards (4,003) and touchdown tosses (41). Bubba Sparxxx told ya’ll it was gonna get ugly in 2001.
Ohio State: 56-10
ACC Championship Game: Clemson Tigers vs. Pittsburgh Panthers
Pittsburgh stinks and this is a waste of time. Clemson’s offense has been hitting on all-cylinders since benching Kelly Bryant for future Top-5 pick Trevor Lawrence and the defensive line, a unit featuring a slew of first rounders, will dominate the line of scrimmage and ultimately the game. The Panthers are coming off a terrible loss against a Miami team that only mustered 56 passing yards. If we see a Pitt senior pull a Vontae Davis at halftime, DO NOT BE ALARMED.
Pac-12 Championship Game: Washington Huskies vs. Utah Utes
Let’s be honest, no one cares about this game. It has no playoff implications, and I’m not sure if their fan bases will travel for a chance to add a participation trophy to the mantle. With that being said, Washington just ruined any chance Washington State head coach Mike Leach had of giving the best College Football Playoff interview of all time and will likely outclass Utah and win its second conference title in the last three years. The Huskies’ defense is much too stout and quarterback Jake Browning should go out with a bang.
SEC Championship Game: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Georgia Bulldogs
Quarterback Jake Fromm almost led Georgia to a victory against Alabama in last year’s National Championship Game. That’s cute and all, but this is a Crimson Tide team led by future No. 1 pick Tua Tagovailoa, who ultimately ruined Georgia’s chances with his play in the second half of last year’s game, and is much more explosive than any Nick Saban team in the history of Nick Saban football. If Justin Fields was a year more polished, the Bulldogs might have a chance, as Alabama struggles vs. dual-threat quarterbacks who can spin it -- see Deshaun Watson and Johnny Manziel. And Georgia’s defense is great, they have the running backs to control the clock ( a group that features Elijah Holyfield, James Cook and Li’l Knowshon Moreno aka D’Andre Swift) and a set of physical receivers who can win one-on-one matchups. Again, that’s cute and all, but this Crimson Tide team also has all of those things, except more speed on the outside and a much better signal-caller.