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Championship week: Around the Country

Sean Landry

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No. 7 Arizona vs. No. 2 Oregon

Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. on FOX

After yet another season on top of the non-SEC college football world, Oregon has one more hurdle to clear before the College Football Playoff. With the fourth-most prolific offense in the nation, Oregon has outgunned every team it’s faced this season, barring one – Arizona. The last time these teams met, a then-unranked Arizona beat Oregon 31-24. Now, with the Pac-12 championship on the line, Oregon will get its rematch, and quarterback Marcus Mariota has a chance to seize the Heisman Trophy once and for all. 

No. 4 Florida State vs. No. 11 Georgia Tech

Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. on ABC

After the triple-option powerhouse offense at Georgia Tech upset rival Georgia last weekend, the Yellow Jackets will have the last chance to end Florida State’s 28-game winning streak before the College Football Playoff. Florida State has escaped every opponent this season, frequently powered by quarterback Jameis Winston’s comeback heroics. With a rushing offense that averages 334 yards per game, Georgia Tech may pose the most significant threat to the Seminoles’ reign yet. 

No. 13 Wisconsin vs. No. 5 Ohio State

Dec. 6 at 7:17 p.m. on FOX

Ohio State is on the outside looking in headed into Selection Sunday, despite a one-loss season and the fifth-best scoring offense in the country. With a convincing win over a talented Wisconsin team and depending on the performances of the other playoff teams, the Buckeyes could work themselves into the College Football Playoff. Wisconsin boasts the third-best running attack in the country, averaging 334 yards per game and led by Melvin Gordon, who briefly held the FBS record for rushing yards in a game after a 408-yard performance against Nebraska.

No. 9 Kansas State at No. 6 Baylor

Dec. 6 at 6:45 p.m. on ESPN

Baylor’s ranking might be the most controversial in the country, ranked three spots below a TCU team with similar statistics that the Bears beat in October. Baylor has the top offense in the country, averaging 49.8 points per game, but Kansas State, coached by Bill Snyder, is perennially one of the top defenses in FBS, and is allowing a mere 20 points per game this season.

Iowa State at No. 3 TCU

Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. on ABC

TCU is having one of the best seasons in the country, narrowly edged by Baylor but otherwise undefeated despite a scare against a dismal Kansas team. TCU has the third-ranked offense in the nation, averaging 46.1 points per game, including an 82-point performance against Texas Tech on Oct. 25. Iowa State, with only two wins on the season, has a porous defense, allowing 37.4 points per game, 115th in the country. Iowa State would have to pull off one of the most unlikely upsets of an already chaotic season to derail the Horned Frogs’ playoff-bound season.

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Championship week: Around the Country