Conference title timePosted: December 4, 2014
Four college teams will make the first playoff field.
Will they be the four topping the rankings this week?
Alabama, Oregon, TCU and Florida State go into the final weekend with the best shots to make the two New Year’s Day semifinal games before the championship on January 12.
The contenders have one more hurdle before the playoff field gets released Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide battle Missouri for the SEC championship Saturday at 4 p.m. on CBS.
Second-seed Oregon has its Pac-12 title tilt Friday at 9 p.m. on Fox, facing Arizona.
On ABC, TCU closes its season against Iowa State at noon and Florida State seeks another undefeated season in the ACC finale against Georgia Tech Saturday at 8 p.m.
Outside the top four, Ohio State battles Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship on Fox Saturday at 8 p.m. ESPN has a top-10 battle between Baylor and Kansas State Saturday at 7:45 p.m.
The weekend begins Thursday with East Carolina taking on UCF on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. The MAC championship game matches Bowling Green and Northern Illinois Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Marshall meets Louisiana Tech Saturday at noon for the C-USA championship on ESPN2.
Houston and Cincinnati tangle at noon on ESPN, and FoxSports1 has Oklahoma-Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m.
Temple takes on Tulane at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2, and you can catch the Mountain West championship on the blue turf with Boise State hosting Fresno State on CBS at 10 p.m.
The Cowboys face Chicago on NFL Network Thursday at 8:25 p.m. NBC shows the Patriots’ trip to San Diego Sunday night, while the Falcons meet the Packers on ESPN Monday night.
The Redskins take on the Rams Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox, with Eagles-Seahawks as the nightcap. CBS in Harrisonburg will show the Steelers and Bengals at 1 p.m.
TNT has the Cavaliers’ visit to New York Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by the Pelicans at Golden State.
The Wizards host Denver Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast before going to Boston Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN2 has action between the SEC and Big 12 Thursday, with LSU-West Virginia at 7 p.m. followed by Arkansas against Iowa State. ESPN has the top 10 battle between Texas and Kentucky Friday at 7 p.m., then Kansas faces Florida.
Arizona tangles with Gongaza on ESPN Saturday at 5:15 p.m. ESPN2 has a pair of contests, with Kansas State meeting Tennessee at 3:15 p.m. before Syracuse takes on St. John’s.
CBS offers Wisconsin-Marquette Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Fox brings Northwestern against Butler Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
Georgia Tech meets South Carolina-Upstate Saturday at noon on Comcast.
It’s a battle in Philadelphia on FoxSports1 Saturday at 1 p.m., as Villanova hosts St. Joseph’s. There’s three games Sunday, starting at noon as Towson takes on Georgetown. Milwaukee faces DePaul at 2 p.m. then Mississippi heads to Oregon at 4:30 p.m.
MASN shows Morehead State facing UAB Thursday at 8 p.m. Manhattan takes on Fairfield Friday at 7 p.m., and there’s three games on Saturday. Liberty hosts St. Francis at 2 p.m. before Mount St. Mary’s meets Loyola at 7 p.m. and UTEP-New Mexico State at 9 p.m.
There’s a game from the BB&T Classic Sunday at 2:30 p.m., with George Washington taking on Charlotte.
Rutgers meets Seton Hall Saturday at noon on MASN2 and Western Kentucky battles Murray State at 6:30 p.m.
On the women’s side, Connecticut and Notre Dame clash on ESPN Saturday at 3:15 p.m. MASN2 offers Oklahoma-North Texas at noon Sunday followed by Texas A&M against TCU. Top-ranked South Carolina meets Duke on ESPN2 at 1 p.m.
The Capitals clash with Carolina Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and take on the Devils Saturday at 7 p.m.
Boston College battles New Hampshire on the college rink Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network, and it’s Maine against UMass-Lowell Saturday at 8 p.m.
The MLS crowns its champion Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN, as the Galaxy take on New England.
Manchester City takes on Everton on NBC Saturday at 12:30 p.m. NBC Sports network has Newcastle United playing Chelsea Saturday at 7:45 a.m. Sunday’s play starts at 8:30 a.m. with West Ham United taking on Swansea City, then it’s Aston Villa-Leicester City at 11 a.m.