COLUMBUS (NEXSTAR) — The top college football teams in the country are prepping for their conference championships, now that Rivalry Week has come and gone. With it, the top teams remained fairly untouched, other than the Crimson Tide, as their playoff hopes were crushed alongside Jordan-Hare’s hedges.
Watch “Gridiron Nation: Path to the Playoff” in the video above. NBC4’s Jerod Smalley spoke to experts live around the country on the top teams as they prepare to make their final bid for the College Football Playoff.
Big Ten Championship:
No. 1 Ohio State vs. no. 8 Wisconsin
No. 1 Ohio State remained undefeated, taming the Michigan Wolverines 56-27 in a stunning game, with running back J.K. Dobbins rushing for 103 yards and four touchdowns in the first half alone.
Jerod Smalley was joined by former Buckeye coach Bill Conley to talk about the Big Ten Championship.
OSU will battle it out in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis in a rematch against Wisconsin. Earlier in the regular season, OSU steamrolled the Badgers 38-7 at home in Ohio Stadium on Oct. 26.
No. 2 LSU vs No. 4 Georgia
No. 2 LSU will face the no. 4 Georgia Bulldogs for the SEC Championship on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
WGNO’s Sports Director Ed Daniels joined Jerod live from NOLA to talk the Tigers. The Tigers trashed Texas A&M 50-7 on Saturday at Tiger Stadium.
No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs rolled over Georgia Tech 50-7 on Saturday. WRBL’s Rex Castillo joins the show to talk about the Bulldogs’ chances of defeating LSU in the SEC Championship.
No. 3 Clemson vs. no. 23 Virginia
WSPA’s Sports Director Pete Yanity joined the show live to talk about the other Tigers. Undefeated reigning National Champs, the Clemson Tigers squashed South Carolina 38-3. They’ll face no. 23 Virginia for the ACC title game.
No. 5 Utah vs. no. 13 Oregon
With the no. 5 slot taken over by Utah, and one of the top 4 primed to fall in the SEC Championship, ABC4’s Dana Greene joined us on Path to the Playoff to talk Utah’s playoff hopes as they prepare to take on no. 13 Oregon in the PAC-12 title game.
Big 12 Championship
No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 7 Baylor
No. 6 Oklahoma faces off against No. 7 Baylor in the fight for the Big 12 Championship. KFOR’s Brian Brinkley talked about the Sooners, and for Baylor, KWKT’s Matt Roberts covered the Bears.
Sunday, Dec. 8 – College Football Playoff Selection Day
The semifinal matchups and bowl game selections will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 8. “The Gridiron Nation: Path to the Playoff” will have a special live stream right after selections are made to break down the announcement and what it means for each team.