The 2018 SEC football regular season might be over but that doesn’t mean we’re stopping our picks.
This week, instead of doing an SEC predictions post, we’ll project the score of make-up and conference championship games, with our typical analysis for the big ones.
Let’s get to it!
Drake @ Iowa State
Prediction: Iowa State 45, Drake 14
East Carolina @ NC State
Prediction: NC State 37, East Carolina 13
Akron @ South Carolina
Prediction: South Carolina 42, Akron 10
Marshall @ VA Tech
Prediction: VA Tech 35, Marshall 28
Norfolk State @ Liberty
Prediction: Liberty 28, Norfolk State 17
Stanford @ Cal-Berkley
Prediction: Stanford 38, Cal-Berkley 28
Group of 5 conference championship games
NIU vs. Buffalo
Prediction: Buffalo 31, NIU 17
UL Lafayette @ App State
Prediction: App State 35, UL Lafayette 24
UAB @ Middle Tennessee
Prediction: Middle Tennessee 38, UAB 34
Memphis @ UCF
Prediction: UCF 31, Memphis 28
Fresno State @ Boise State
Prediction: Boise State 42, Fresno State 38
Power 5 conference championship games
Utah vs. Washington
The Huskies clinched a Pac-12 title game berth by knocking off rival Washington State last week in Pullman. A trip to the Rose Bowl Game will be on the line Friday, against Utah. Expect a resurgent Washington team to get the job done.
Prediction: Washington 35, Utah 24
Texas vs. Oklahoma
The college football playoff is well within reach for Oklahoma, entering Saturday. However, the Sooners must beat Texas, the only team they lost to this season. Look for Kyler Murray and the Oklahoma offense to get revenge on their bitter rivals from Austin.
Prediction: Oklahoma 48, Texas 41
Georgia vs. Alabama
Just like Oklahoma, the Bulldogs need to win Saturday, in order to reach the playoff. The task of beating No. 1 Alabama is far from easy and we do not think it’ll happen. The Crimson Tide escape a close one to virtually eliminate Georgia, until 2019, in another heartbreaking game for Dawg fans.
The Bulldogs will be back and better than ever next season, coming off a Sugar Bowl appearance, though. Kirby Smart is just getting started on a dominant dynasty in Athens.
Prediction: Alabama 28, Georgia 27
Pittsburgh vs. Clemson
Ask us how we feel about Clemson’s conference championship opponent and Notre Dame not playing this weekend. Pittsburgh (7-5), will provide the Tigers with a chance to fix any flaws ahead of the playoff.
Prediction: Clemson 45, Pittsburgh 17
Northwestern vs. Ohio State
The Buckeyes put the nation on notice last weekend, after beating Michigan 62-39. They may fall short of the playoff but a Big Ten Championship and a trip to Pasadena will make for a great consolation prize.
Prediction: Ohio State 41, Northwestern 24