It’s Championship Saturday, and you know what that means. Yep, Vanderbilt’s not playing.
But we’ll have a live thread anyway for those of you who want to hang out here. At 11 AM CT, Lane Kiffin’s Florida Atlantic team squares off with North Texas for the C-USA title, while future Nebraska coach Scott Frost and future Arkansas coach Mike Norvell face each other in the AAC Championship. Also Akron plays Toledo for the MAC title, and Florida State decides to experiment if they can still beat UL-Monroe without a coach. In spite of all that, this being AOG, you will all be watching UMass visit FIU.
If you must have playoff implications, Oklahoma plays TCU for the Big 12 Championship at 11:30 AM. Oklahoma’s almost certainly in the playoff if they win, but TCU can help the SEC possibly get two teams in, and heads will explode if that happens.
The Sun Belt doesn’t have a championship game, but their members are closing the regular season on championship Saturday, too! Georgia Southern faces Coastal Carolina at 12:00 PM, Idaho plays its last FBS game ever at Georgia State at 1:00, and “Louisiana” plays Appalachian State at 1:30. Also at 1, the thing you really came for starts: round 2 of the FCS playoffs, with Stony Brook-James Madison, Kennesaw State-Jacksonville State, and Furman-Wofford all kicking off. Three more games kick off at 2: UNI plays AOG’s favorite mid-major, your South Dakota State Jackrabbits; also, New Hampshire plays Central Arkansas and South Dakota plays Sam Houston State. At 2:30, San Diego travels to North Dakota State.
The game we, as fans of an SEC school, are supposed to care about kicks off at 3:00 as Georgia plays Auburn for the second time in a month, this time in Atlanta. At 3:30, it’s more Fun Belt action with South Alabama traveling to New Mexico State, who’s also getting kicked out of the Sun Belt — but is also looking to become bowl-eligible for the first time in eons, so there’s that.
At 6:30, Troy travels to Arkansas State for the de facto Sun Belt championship game; that’s followed by Fresno State-Boise State at 6:45 for the Mountain West title (in a rematch of a game played literally last week; championship Saturday is kind of stupid sometimes.)
And at 7:00, the last games of the night kick off. Miami meets Clemson in the ACC Championship, and Ohio State plays Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship. But most importantly, Weber State travels to Cedar City to play the Southern Utah Thunderbirds in an FCS playoff game. Why would you watch Clemson-Miami when that’s on?!