Predictions: College football championship week bowl games
Is the upcoming college football conference championship weekend poised to reveal a series of surprising upsets and unexpected title winners?
Georgia, holding the top spot, and Michigan at No. 2, could potentially withstand a loss during the conference championship weekend and still find a place in the College Football Playoff. However, the same cannot be said for Washington at No. 3 and Florida State at No. 4.
For Washington and especially Florida State, winning their respective conference championships this weekend is essential to secure a spot in the playoff semifinals.
Texas and Alabama, with one loss each, are in a precarious position, relying on some chaos — specifically, Washington and Florida State losing their championships — to enhance their chances.
If the latter scenario doesn't unfold, then one-loss Texas and Alabama could emerge as potential threats, capable of displacing teams in the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings.
Semifinal prediction: Georgia, Michigan, Florida State, and Oregon
As we head into championship weekend, the anticipated victors in each major conference are as follows:
- SEC: Georgia is expected to prevail, overcoming Alabama.
- Big Ten: The prediction leans towards Michigan triumphing over Iowa.
- Pac-12: Oregon is forecasted to secure a victory against Washington.
- Big 12: Texas is favored to win, defeating Oklahoma State.
- ACC: Florida State is predicted to emerge victorious, surpassing Louisville.
Should these predictions come true, the Sugar Bowl will witness a highly anticipated rematch between No. 4 Oregon and No. 1 Georgia, providing the Ducks with the chance for revenge after their 2022 season opener.
The Rose Bowl would then feature a compelling matchup between No. 3 Florida State and No. 2 Michigan.
On Friday and Saturday, the 2023 college football conference champions will be crowned followed by the final CFP rankings on Sunday at noon EST.
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