DK’s 2015 CFB Conference Championship Game Picks
This is the last semi-full schedule weekend of the 2015 CFB regular season. Thus far, this season has been sensational, as it always is. There figures to be at least one upset on Saturday, given the drama that has been produced week-in and week-out throughout the 2015 season. The question, though, is which one will it be. Read on, fellow college football fanatics.
All game times in Eastern Daylight Time.
Temple vs. Houston (Saturday, December 5th, 12:00 p.m., ABC)
This may be the best of all of the championship games this weekend. Unfortunately for Temple, it will be a putative home game for Greg Ward Jr. and the Cougars. That factor feels like the deciding factor in this one. Houston will win.
Pick: Houston 42, Temple 34
Florida vs. Alabama (Saturday, December 5th, 4:00 p.m., CBS)
The Crimson Tide is favored by 18+ in this game. Deservedly. Heisman front-runner Derrick Henry may have a difficult day against the stout Gator defense, but he should be able to do enough to win himself the stiff-armed trophy and his team the SEC Championship.
Pick: Alabama 31, Florida 13
Michigan State vs. Iowa (Saturday, December 5th, 7:00 p.m., FOX)
Michigan State is favored over unbeaten Iowa in this game, and the eye test says that Sparty should win. Too bad the game will actually be played on the field. Iowa has found a way to clear every hurdle placed in its path this season (no matter how low those hurdles are perceived to be), and Jordan Canzeri and his mates will do so again on Saturday. Hawkeye nation will rejoice, as Iowa punches its ticket to the CFP.
Pick: Iowa 24, Michigan State 21
North Carolina vs. Clemson (Saturday, December 5th, 8:00 p.m., ABC/ESPNRM)
Clemson has had the season that dreams are made of, and collected a couple of breaks along the way. The Tigers played—and beat—their two toughest foes at home in Death Valley, and enjoyed relative good health throughout the year. Deshaun Watson is a legitimate threat to win the Heisman, and his dream season continues in the College Football Playoff.
Pick: Clemson 35, North Carolina 24
USC vs. Stanford (Saturday, December 5th, 7:45 p.m., ESPN3/ESPN/ESPNRM)
Christian McCaffrey and Stanford attempt to beat USC for the second time this season. USC’s front seven on defense is as stout as its secondary is shaky. If Manning Award finalist Kevin Hogan plays as well as he has all season, it’ll take just enough pressure off a keyed-on McCaffrey for David Shaw’s Cardinal to win its 3rd PAC-12 title in four years. He will, and they will. Stanford gets the win in a close one in Santa Clara.
Pick: Stanford 31, USC 28