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College football on television: Championship Saturday

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, left, and Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio pose with the championship trophy during a news conference for the Big Ten Conference championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, in Indianapolis. Iowa will play Michigan State Saturday for the championship.
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, left, and Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio pose with the championship trophy during a news conference for the Big Ten Conference championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, in Indianapolis. Iowa will play Michigan State Saturday for the championship. The Associated Press

Conference titles are on the line Saturday with the American Athletic, ACC, Conference-USA, Mountain West, SEC, Big 10 and Pac-12 all holding title games.

As far as the College Football Playoff is concerned, No. 1-ranked and unbeaten Clemson meets one-loss North Carolina in the ACC title game. A North Carolina win would definitely upset the apple cart.

No. 2 Alabama takes on Florida in the SEC title game. The Crimson Tide shouldn't have too much trouble with the offensively-challenged Gators. No. 4 Iowa meets No. 5 Michigan State in the Big 10 title game, with the winner all but guaranteed a CFP semifinal spot.

Meanwhile, Western Kentucky plays Southern Miss in the C-USA title game.

Here’s the schedule of televised games for Saturday:

▪ 12:00 - AAC Championship: Temple vs. Houston (ABC)

▪ 12:00 - Texas at Baylor (ESPN)

▪ 12:00 - C-USA Championship: Southern Miss vs. Western Kentucky (ESPN2)

▪ 4:00 - SEC Championship: Florida vs. Alabama (CBS)

▪ 4:30 - West Virginia at Kansas State (Fox Sports 1)

▪ 7:30 - Mountain West Championship: Air Force vs. San Diego State (ESPN2)

▪ 7:45 - Pac-12 Championship: USC vs. Stanford (ESPN)

▪ 8:00 - Big 10 Championship: Michigan State vs. Iowa (Fox)

▪ 8:00 - ACC Championship: North Carolina vs. Clemson (ABC)

College football playoff rankings

  • 1. Clemson
  • 2. Alabama
  • 3. Oklahoma
  • 4. Iowa
  • 5. Michigan State
  • 6. Ohio State
  • 7. Stanford
  • 8. Notre Dame
  • 9. Florida State
  • 10. North Carolina
  • 11. TCU
  • 12. Baylor
  • 13. Ole Miss
  • 14. Northwestern
  • 15. Michigan
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