College football schedule: TV channels, start times for 2020 conference championship games

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Conference championship week is finally here, bringing with it the rights to claim superiority over (nearly) every other team in your league.

And, as usual, the conference championship games will go a long way in determining the College Football Playoff semifinals. This year, that prestigious group of impactful games has shrunk to just three — maybe two — games: The ACC and Big Ten championships, as well as the SEC championship.

As it stands now, No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 3 Ohio State and No. 4 Clemson are the only teams to control their own destiny.

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So it only makes sense that Alabama (10-0) takes on No. 11 Florida (8-2) in the SEC championship; the Gators' stunning 37-34 loss to LSU in Week 15 likely ended any hope they had of making the Playoff, but a win over Alabama could upset the order of the final pairings.

Notre Dame (10-0) faces Clemson (9-1) in the ACC championship, a rematch of their double-overtime thriller on Nov. 7; the Tigers must win to make the Playoff, but the Irish could very well get in with a loss, depending on the score. Ohio State (5-0) is eligible for the Big Ten title game after the conference waived its six-game requirement, but must beat 15th-ranked Northwestern (6-1) to make the Playoff. Could the Wildcats get in with a win?

Other games worth watching include No. 13 USC (5-0) vs. Oregon (3-2) in the Pac-12 and No. 8 Iowa State (8-2) vs. No. 12 Oklahoma (7-2) in the Big 12; the Trojans, Cyclones and Sooners are all dark horse Playoff candidates that stand to be in contention if chaos breaks out in the ACC, Big Ten and SEC. USC would need to blow out the Huskies and get some more help to truly be contenders. And it's always worth pointing out that no two-loss team has ever made the Playoff.

Unfortunately, the Sun Belt championship game between No. 9 Coastal Carolina (11-0) and No. 17 Louisiana (9-1) was canceled due to a COVID-19 issue among the Chanticleers. That almost certainly means the winner of the AAC championship game between No. 6 Cincinnati (9-0) and No. 20 Tulsa (6-1) will claim the Group of 5 spot in the New Year's 6 bowls. Cincinnati has the inside track for that position.

With that, here's everything you need to know to watch conference championship weekend:

College football conference championship schedule

Friday, Dec. 18

Game Time (ET) TV channel
C-USA championship
UAB at Marshall
7 p.m. CBS Sports Network, fuboTV
MAC championship
No. 23 Buffalo vs. Ball State
7:30 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV
Pac-12 championship
Oregon* at No. 13 USC
8 p.m. Fox, fuboTV

*Washington, the Pac-12 North division champion, can't play due to COVID-19 issues on the team. Second-place Oregon will represent the North instead.

Saturday, Dec. 19

Game Time (ET) TV channel
Big 12 championship
No. 8 Iowa State vs. No. 12 Oklahoma
Noon ABC, fuboTV
Big Ten championship
No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 15 Northwestern
Noon Fox, fuboTV
ACC championship
No. 2 Notre Dame vs. No. 4 Clemson
4 p.m. ABC, fuboTV
MWC championship
No. 25 San Jose State vs. Boise State
4:15 p.m. Fox, fuboTV
SEC championship
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 11 Florida
8 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
AAC championship
No. 20 Tulsa vs. No. 6 Cincinnati
8 p.m. ABC, fuboTV

How to watch, live stream college football games

The conference championship will be broadcast live on national TV, with games appearing on ABC, Fox and CBS. Live streaming options include WatchESPN, CBS All Access, Fox.com, ESPN+ or fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

College football conference championship scores

Friday, Dec. 18

Game
UAB at Marshall
No. 23 Buffalo vs. Ball State
Oregon at No. 13 USC

Saturday, Dec. 19

Game
No. 8 Iowa State vs. No. 12 Oklahoma
No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 15 Northwestern
No. 2 Notre Dame vs. No. 4 Clemson
No. 25 San Jose State vs. Boise State
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 11 Florida
No. 20 Tulsa vs. No. 6 Cincinnati

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