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Week 14 college football TV schedule and open thread: Championship weekend

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Here’s what to watch on the last regular season college football weekend of the year.

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The regular 2017-18 college football season ends this weekend with conference championship games, and some others match-ups - including a few rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma.

You won’t have a chance to see the Gators play football until next season, but there is plenty to watch on this last regular weekend of the year, before bowl and playoff season begins in earnest.

Here are our picks for this weekend’s viewing windows:

Friday, December 1

Stanford vs. USC; Pac 12 Championship (8:00 p.m., ESPN/WatchESPN): Conference championship weekend kicks off on Friday night with this meeting between No. 10 USC, the South division title holder, and No. 12 Stanford, winner of the North division. This is the second time in the last three years that the pacific region title tilt has featured these two teams, and is a rematch of the Trojans’ 42-24 win from earlier this season. This isn’t one of the championship games with playoff implications, but Stanford’s improvement over the season should set up for a closer game than the one in September.

Saturday, December 2

A whole day of championship games awaits you. Enjoy.

Early (12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Eastern)

Memphis at UCF; American Athletic Conference Championship (12:00 p.m., ABC/WatchESPN): Methinks most Gator fans may care less about this one now that Florida has found its new head coach, but this is still a potentially exciting and points-filled game. The one caveat there may be that the undefeated No. 14 Knights already thumped the No. 20 Tigers, 40-13, back in September. That was Memphis’ lone loss, and since then the Tigers have scored over 65 points in three games, and over 30 in all of their other contests.

TCU vs. Oklahoma; Big 12 Championship (12:30 p.m., FOX): After a seven year hiatus, the Big 12 Championship game returns. The No. 3 Sooners hope to keep their College Football Playoff hopes intact with a win over the visiting No. 11 Horned Frogs. This is another rematch game, as OU already took a 38-20 victory over TCU a few weeks ago.

In other games: Florida State hosts Louisiana Monroe in an effort to reach .500 on the season and obtain bowl eligibility; and North Texas visits famed internet troll Lane Kiffin’s Florida Atlantic Owls, in a battle for the Conference USA title. Both of those games are at noon.

Afternoon (3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Eastern)

Georgia vs. Auburn; Southeastern Conference Championship (4:00 p.m., CBS): In yet another rematch, the SEC championship pits late season darling No. 2 Auburn, fresh off their big win over Alabama, against No. 6 Georgia, a team two wins removed from a demolition at the hands of the aforementioned Tigers. This is essentially a play-in game for the playoff. Will the result be different this time around?

In other games: South Alabama visits New Mexico State (4:30 p.m.), with the Aggies having the chance to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2002 with a win.

Evening (7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Eastern)

Miami vs. Clemson; Atlantic Coast Conference Championship (8:00 p.m., ABC/WatchESPN): The championship match-ups in the night slot aren’t rematches. The No. 7 Hurricanes are in the ACC title game for the first time since joining the conference in 2004, and are facing the No. 1 Tigers, who are in the title game for the third straight season - and seeking a third straight trip to the playoff. Miami, despite its loss to Pittsburgh, can also still make the playoff with a win over Clemson.

Ohio State vs. Wisconsin; Big Ten Championship (8:00 p.m., FOX): In your second non-rematch championship tilt, you’ll find undefeated No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 8 Ohio State. The Badgers hope to stay undefeated and earn a spot in the playoff. The last time these two teams met was in the 2014 Big Ten Championship game, which resulted in a 59-0 Buckeyes win which capitulated Ohio State on a path to the national title. A Buckeyes win could also cause some controversy regarding who makes the playoff this year.

In other games: The Mountain West Championship, featuring No. 25 Fresno State and Boise State, kicks off at 7:45.

And here’s your schedule tables.

Schedule for Friday, December 1, 2017

Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
Stanford vs USC (Pac 12 Championship) 8:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN

Schedule for Saturday, December 2, 2017

Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
Memphis at UCF (AAC Championship) 12:00 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
Akron vs Toledo (MAC Championship) 12:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
North Texas at Florida Atlantic (C-USA Championship) 12:00 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
UMass at Florida International 12:00 p.m.
Louisiana Monroe at Florida State 12:00 p.m. ACCN / WatchESPN
TCU vs Oklahoma (Big 12 Championship) 12:30 p.m. FOX
Georgia Southern at Coastal Carolina 1:00 p.m. ESPN3 / WatchESPN
Idaho at Georgia State 2:00 p.m. ESPN3 / WatchESPN
Louisiana at Appalachian State 2:30 p.m. ESPN3 / WatchESPN
Georgia vs Auburn (SEC Championship) 4:00 p.m. CBS
South Alabama at New Mexico State 4:30 p.m. ESPN3 / WatchESPN
Troy at Arkansas State (Sunbelt Championship) 7:30 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Fresno State at Boise State (MWC Championship) 7:45 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Miami vs Clemson (ACC Championship) 8:00 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
Ohio State vs Wisconsin (Big Ten Championship) 8:00 p.m. FOX