All of Division I college football's stadium-shaking intensity is on full display during championship weekend, so these hotly-contested conference championship games are always some of the best opportunities to suit up in your team colors and experience the thrilling atmosphere of a live game. There are a slew of sensational showdowns on schedule to choose from this weekend, including a heavyweight matchup with a BCS National Championship Game berth on the line, so now is the time to get in the stands for the last weekend of the season. Here's a preview of the exceptional championship football action on the horizon:
SEC Championship Game tickets I Saturday, Dec. 1st at the Georgia Dome
By 4 p.m. ET, the eyes of the nation will be focused towards Atlanta for an old-fashioned Southern slugfest between the (2) Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1 SEC) and the (3) Georgia Bulldogs (11-1, 7-1 SEC) in a battle for tops in the ultra-competitive SEC. Georgia won the SEC East Division by lambasting Auburn on Nov. 10 with a 38-0 victory, while Alabama claimed the SEC West over Auburn with a 49-0 stomping last Saturday. And while a championship game of this magnitude is always special, the winner this time around books a trip to Miami to take on No.1 ranked Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship Game on January 7th. It will be the 66th time these two juggernauts have met since 1895, and although the Tide lead the overall series 36-25-4, the Bulldogs have stolen three of the last four. Both teams are on fire, and considering that the last time the Tide won the SEC was during their 2009 Championship campaign, and Georgia’s last was 2005, both can't wait to reign supreme in the mighty SEC.
Big Ten Championship Game tickets I Saturday, Dec. 1st at Lucas Oil Stadium
After just two years in the conference, the (14) Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-2, 7-1 B1G) are representing the Legends Division in the Big 10 Championship game against the two-time defending champion Wisconsin Badgers (7-5, 4-4 B1G), who’ll represent the Leaders Division. The Cornhuskers lead the overall series at 4-3, and the Badgers will surely be seeking redemption for the thrilling Sept. 29th showdown that saw Nebraska close a 17-point deficit in the third-quarter and go on to win 30-27. Nebraska is looking for their 1st Big Ten championship after winning 43 in the Big 12, and if the Badgers can pull out the win it would be a school record third-straight and their 14th overall. The winner takes home the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and a chance to play in Pasadena in the Rose Bowl.
Pac-12 Championship Game tickets I Friday, Nov. 30th at Stanford Stadium
For the second consecutive week, the (8) Stanford Cardinals (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12) are set to battle the (17) UCLA Bruins (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12), but this time around the 2nd annual Pac-12 Football Championship is on the line, and the winner earns a coveted spot in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day. The Cardinals arrive to their first Pac-12 Football Championship Game after shoring up the North Division last week with a 35-17 rout at UCLA, but the Bruins' ticket was already punched when they defeating USC on November 17th for the Pac-12 South Division title. These West Coast powerhouses have met 83 times since 1925, and the Bruins lead the series 45-35-3. The game is slated for an 8 p.m. ET kickoff, and since UCLA and Stanford haven’t been to the Rose Bowl since 1999 and 2000, respectively, you can expect both squads to be inspired to make this one a barnburner.
ACC Championship Game tickets I Saturday, Dec. 1st at Bank of America Stadium
The (13) Florida State Seminoles (10-2, 7-1 ACC) clinched the ACC Atlantic Division title and their third ACC championship game appearance with an impressive 41-14 win over the Maryland Terrapins on November 17th. They’ll be looking for their first ACC championship since beating the Virginia Tech Hokies in 2005 when they face off against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-6, 5-3 ACC), who were awarded the Coastal Division title after the Miami Hurricanes’ self-imposed a postseason ban. The Ramblin' Wreck, who are also in their third title appearance, have the chance to play BCS busters if they can upset the Seminoles. They beat FSU 49-44 when they last met in 2009 in Tallahassee, but FSU leads the overall series 12-9-1, and with a berth in the Orange Bowl on the line, the Seminoles will surely come with all they’ve got. Kickoff for this one is set for 7:45 p.m. ET.
MAC Championship Game tickets I Friday, Nov. 30th at Ford Field
With a 31-24 win over the Toledo Rockets on November 14th, the defending MAC champion (19) Northern Illinois Huskies (11-1, 8-0 MAC) clinched the MAC West Division title and earned the opportunity to head back to Ford Field to defend their crown against the (18) Kent State Golden Flashes (11-1, 8-0). Kent State set up the showdown by winning their first MAC East Division title in a win over Bowling Green on November 17th. The last time these programs met was back in 2011, and the Huskies dominated the Golden Flashes 40-10. NIU also leads the overall series between the two schools with a 16-7 margin. This one could end up being the most significant MAC football championship game ever, as the winner could possibly claim an Orange Bowl berth with a few key upsets by teams ranked ahead of them. Either way, this one will be great to watch. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. ET.
C-USA Championship Game tickets I Saturday, Dec. 1st at H.A. Chapman Stadium
The UCF Knights (9-3, 7-1 C-USA) set up a rematch with the Western Division champion Tulsa Golden Hurricane (9-3, 7-1 C-USA) with their Eastern Division clinching win over the UAB Blazers last Saturday, while Tulsa clinched their division by defeating the Knights in a closely contested 23-21 win on November 17th. Both teams will be playing in their fourth C-USA Football Championship Game, and it will mark the third time in C-USA Football’s eight-year Championship Game history that Tulsa and UCF will meet in the final. Back in 2005, the Golden Hurricane beat UCF 44-27, but the Knights redeemed themselves in 2007 with a 44-25 victory. Overall, Tulsa leads the series against the Knights by a margin of 4-2. The game kicks off at 12 p.m. ET.