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Play It Forward: The week ahead in college football

The Pac-12's first championship game takes center stage, to the conference's chagrin with UCLA 6-6 and coming off 50-0 loss to USC. And Oklahoma, Oklahoma State will play a de facto Big 12 title game.

November 27, 2011|Chris Dufresne
  • UCLA's quarterback Kevin Prince is sacked by Trojans defensive end Wes Horton in the third quarter of Sunday's game at the Coliseum.
UCLA's quarterback Kevin Prince is sacked by Trojans defensive end… (Jeff Gross / Getty Images )

Five things to watch this week in college football:

1: The Pac-12 Conference's nightmare scenario comes true as 6-6 UCLA, coming off a 50-0 loss to USC, plays Oregon on Friday in the league's inaugural championship game. The only good news: Oregon is hosting, which assures a packed house at Autzen Stadium.

2: The Big 12 has scrapped its divisional, title-game format but gets essentially the same thing Saturday when Oklahoma visits Oklahoma State with the conference title at stake. Oklahoma State hopes to make a final national title statement in advance of the final BCS standings.

3: East meets West in Atlanta as Georgia and Louisiana State face off Saturday for the Southeastern Conference championship. LSU, win or lose, has likely clinched a BCS title-game berth on Jan. 9. A Georgia victory sends the Bulldogs to the Sugar Bowl.

4: Wisconsin and Michigan State play Saturday in Indianapolis in the first Big Ten championship game. Michigan State won the regular-season matchup in East Lansing on a Hail Mary pass. The winner of this game advances to the Rose Bowl.

5: The final BCS standings will be released Dec. 4. Will there be any drama or last-second surprises? Or is the title-game rematch between LSU and Alabama all but assured no matter what happens next weekend?

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