College Football Playoff Hunt: Next Stop, Conference Championships

Note: This post was updated Dec. 6 with Oregon’s victory over Arizona in the Pac 12 title game, and other key games of Dec. 6.

The Thanksgiving weekend 2014 results are in, and the conference championship matchups are set. However, the College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings likely will face a scramble this week.

Alabama, No. 1 in the latest CFP rankings, held its spot in nervous fashion Saturday night with a 55-44 victory over rival Auburn in the Iron Bowl. Trailing by 12 in the third quarter, Bama rallied in the highest-scoring Iron Bowl ever.

Earlier Saturday, Ole Miss put an end to Mississippi State’s CFP title hopes with a 31-17 victory. The Bulldogs were ranked No. 4 in the CFP, but will tumble when the new rankings come out this week. Who will the new No. 4 be?

Also, defending champion Florida State remained unbeaten and in the CFP title hunt with a 24-19 victory over rival Florida on Saturday.

Oregon (11-1) also kept CFP title hopes alive by beating Oregon State 47-19 on Saturday. And Ohio State (11-1) likely will be in the picture after beating Michigan, but must play without injured quarterback T.J. Barrett.

So the conference championships are the next hurdles for the would-be playoff teams.

The key matchups (all times Eastern):

SEC: Alabama (No. 1 in CFP rankings) vs. Missouri, Saturday, Dec. 6, 4 p.m. (CBS)

ACC: Florida State (No. 4 in CFP rankings) vs. Georgia Tech, Saturday, Dec. 6, 8 p.m. (ABC)

Pac-12: Oregon (No. 2 in CFP rankings) 51, Arizona 13

Big Ten: Ohio State (No. 5 in CFP rankings) vs. Wisconsin, 8:17 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 (FOX).

Also important:

Kansas State vs. Baylor (No. 6 in CFP rankings), 7:45 p.m., ESPN

Iowa State vs. TCU (No. 3 in CFP rankings), noon, ABC

— How do you think the conference championships and CFP rankings will shake out? Leave a comment below.


About Steve Burns

I live in the Atlanta area. I also lived for many years in Southern California. I'm into mainstream media, social media, sports, business and politics. I worked for AOL's Patch, but this is my personal blog. I'm on Twitter (@bsteve76), Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest. See ya 'round!
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