CFB Conference Championship Games: Early Matchup, Winner Predictions for 2015

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Dec 6, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten football championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State defeats Wisconsin 59-0. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Conference championship games in college football have become a crucial part of reaching the postseason – just ask anyone in the Big 12. Get into your conference championship and win it, and your odds of making the four-team playoff increase considerably.

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Well, unless you play outside the Power-5.

But even those teams in smaller conferences need their championship game to give some validity for their team to the College Football Playoff committee. If a team is on the brink, these games can be the tipping point to push them in or keep them out.

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  • Gazing into the November and December crystal ball, there are some potential conference championship game matchups that could become de facto playoff games on their own…a playoff to get into the playoffs if you will. And in conferences where there could be four or more teams jumbled near the top of the rankings, the conference championship game is the deciding factor.

    Here’s an early look and some predictions of which teams could be facing one another in these big games, who the likely winner will be, and if the game will have major playoff implications or not. Checking in on the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC, Conference-USA, Mountain West and Mid-American conferences, these are the predictions.

    Note: The Big 12, Sun Belt, and American Athletic Conferences have no championship games.

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