Friday, December 2

MAC Championship Game (7 ET, ESPN2)—Detroit, MI

#17 Western Michigan (12-0) -16.5 vs. Ohio (8-4)

Austin: Having seen Ohio play live this year, they have no business beating Western Michigan, so the only way I see the Broncos getting 1 in the loss column is if they beat themselves, WMU 31-21.

Brandon: Ohio is a pretty decent team just like always is seems, but the Broncos will keep the undefeated season alive with NFL talent Corey Davis at receiver putting on a show, WMU 38-14.

Pac-12 Championship Game (9 ET, Fox)—Santa Clara, CA

#8 Colorado (10-2) vs. #5 Washington (11-1) -8.5

Austin: This is less about me liking Washington as much as it is I still think Colorado isn't a great football team, Washington 35-28.

Brandon: I’ve gone back and forth on this pick a few times, but I will echo the sentiment of my colleague that Colorado is a year or two away from real contention, give me Washington and their physical defense, Washington 28-17.

                                                  Saturday, December 3

American Athletic Championship Game (12 ET, ABC)—Annapolis, MD

Temple (9-3) vs. #19 Navy (9-2) -2.5

Austin: To be honest I don't know much about either team. Saw a little bit of Navy beat Notre Dame and they are well coached and play sound football, Navy 28-17.

Brandon: Navy as a team punted twice in the month of November. I’ll take the Midshipmen to punt less than twice tomorrow and win, Navy 35-24

Big 12 Championship Game—Basically (12:30 ET, Fox)—Norman, OK

#10 Oklahoma State (9-2) at #9 Oklahoma (9-2) -11.5

Austin: It’s a Big 12 game so big scoring is to be expected. Having seen my Jayhawks play both these teams this year, Oklahoma is on a different level still, OU 42-31.

Brandon: Oklahoma is on a roll right now and there’s no reason to pick against them, but Mason Rudolph and the Cowboys take advantage of a suspect OU pass defense and force a turnover or two in a rivalry upset, OSU 38-35. (And I had to pick one opposite of him)

SEC Championship Game (4 ET, CBS)—Atlanta, GA

#1 Alabama (12-0) -24.0 vs. #15 Florida (8-3)

Austin: It's the SEC so it won't be a cakewalk, but its BAMA and then everyone else in CFB this year, Bama 35-28.

Brandon: My colleague here thinks Florida is going to score 28 on Bama?! Good offenses struggle to do that and let me assure you Florida does not have a good offense. Florida’s defense keeps it close for 2 quarters, but the second half is all Crimson Tide, Bama 31-10.

ACC Championship Game (8 ET, ABC)—Orlando, FL

#3 Clemson (11-1) -10.5 vs. #23 Virginia Tech (9-3)

Austin: Clemson begins to get in their playoff zone, Clemson 31-17.

Brandon: I could see this game being very close, or being a blowout. Jarod Evans gives the Hokies a chance, but I think he struggles on this night. Clemson should hope for the blowout and that is what I will predict, Clemson 35-17.

Big Ten Championship Game (8 ET, Fox)—Indianapolis, IN

#6 Wisconsin (10-2) -2.5 vs. #7 Penn St. (10-2)

Austin: It’s going to be Saquon Barkley and the PSU O-Line against the Wisconsin defense and particularly their linebackers that will determine this game, Wisc 17-14.

Brandon: Last year’s Big Ten title game was a defensive showdown and this year’s is no different. These teams are built very similarly and Trace McSorley gives PSU an edge at the QB position. However, Wisconsin’s defense is special and their LB’s and secondary will wreak havoc all night. As much as this pains me as a Minnesota fan, Bucky wins and is off to the playoff or Pasadena, Wisc 20-10. 

**Special Thanks to View From The Sideline creator Austin Rocheleau for his contribution to these picks