ACC, American, MAC Title Games Set After Friday's Games; Saturday Action Will Determine Big Ten, CUSA and PAC-12 Pairings

November 30, 2019 by Dave Congrove

Seven of the ten conference championship pairings are now set after three division winners were decided on Friday. Virginia became the 7th different team among the 7 ACC Coastal members to claim the title of that division over the last 7 years. The Cavaliers joined Memphis (American-west) and Central Michigan (MAC-west) in punching their ticket to the next level.

Virginia advanced to the ACC Championship game versus Clemson via a 39-30 home win over Virginia Tech, ending a 15-game losing streak in the series.

The 34-24 home win by Memphis win over Cincinnati sets up an American championship game next week between the same two teams in the same location.

Central Michigan caught a break on Tuesday when Western Michigan failed to claim the division when the Broncos suffered a 17-14 upset loss at Northern Illinois. The Chippewas stepped up and closed the deal on Saturday with a 49-7 rout of Toledo and will face Miami in the MAC Championship game..

Division titles in The Big Ten west, CUSA east and west, and PAC-12 south will all be determined on Saturday.

Here is how each of the divisions stack up heading into Saturday's games.

American - Cincinnati at Memphis

Cincinnati clinched its first division title since the conference began staging a playoff in 2015. Memphis is 'in' for the third straight season.

ACC - Clemson vs. Virginia

The Tigers clinched their 5th straight division title. Virginia clinched its first.

Big Ten - Ohio State vs. winner of Wisconsin at Minnesota

This is the 9th year of the Big Ten championship game. The Buckeyes are making their third straight trip to Indianapolis and 5th overall. The Badgers are seeking their 6th title game appearance, while the Golden Gophers are looking for their first division crown. Vegas likes Wisconsin by 2.5 points, but the computer reduces that to a scant 0.65 points.

Big 12 - Oklahoma vs Baylor

This championship showdown in Arlington will feature the two teams that have won or shared the last 6 conference titles. The Sooners have won the last four in-a-row after Baylor won it outright in 2013 and shared the crown with TCU in 2014.

Conference USA - FAU or Marshall vs. UAB or Louisiana Tech or Southern Miss

Marshall (7-4, 5-2) would have won the east division with a win at Charlotte last week, but was upset 24-13 to drop a game behind FAU (8-3, 6-1). The Owls were 40-26 winners at UTSA. The Herd own the tie-breaker with their 36-31 win at FAU on October 18. Marshall hosts FIU this week while FAU hosts Southern Miss.

Louisiana Tech (8-3, 5-2) and Southern Miss (7-4, 5-2) both lost last Saturday, but are still tied for the lead. The Bulldogs own the tie-breaker with their 45-30 win over the Eagles on October 19. UAB (8-3, 5-2) moved back in to the picture with a the 20-14 upset of the Bulldogs in Birmingham, and Southern Miss bowed 28-10 at home to Western Kentucky (7-4, 5-2).

Now, FAU wins the east with a win vs. Southern Miss or a Marshall loss vs. FIU. Marshall wins the east with a victory over FIU and a FAU loss to Southern Miss.

The west division goes to UAB with a win vs. North Texas and a Southern Miss loss to FAU. Louisiana Tech advances with a win vs. UTSA and a UAB loss to North Texas. Southern Miss moves on with a win vs. FAU and a Louisiana Tech loss to UTSA.

MAC - Miami vs. Central Michigan

Miami clinched the east for its first division title since 2010. Central Michigan last played for (and won) the championship in 2009.

Mountain West - Hawaii at Boise State

The Broncos clinched their third straight division title. Hawaii is making its first championship game appearance since the league began staging one in 2013.

PAC 12 - Oregon vs. Utah or USC

Oregon clinched the north division for the first time since 2014, but the Ducks saw their Final Four hopes disappear in a 31-28 upset loss at Arizona State. In the west, Utah (10-1, 7-1) leads USC (8-4, 7-2) and can clinch the division at home next week with a win over Colorado. Idle USC gets with a Utah loss as the Trojans defeated the Utes earlier in the year.

SEC - Georgia vs. LSU

Georgia has clinched its third consecutive division title. LSU has its first division title since 2011.

Sun Belt - Louisiana at Appalachian State

The Sun Belt only began staging a championship game last year and Appalachian State downed Louisiana 30-19 in Boone. Same teams, same location for year two.


114 games this year pit FBS teams against FCS schools. That's two more than a season ago when FBS teams won 105 of 112 games.

FBS teams were 111-3 (.974) for the season. Since we began tracking this in 2003, the FBS schools are 1,435-127 (.919).

FCS victories over FBS teams in 2019:
August 29: Central Arkansas 35, Western Kentucky 28
September 7: Southern Illinois 45, Massachusetts 20
September 14: The Citadel 27, Georgia Tech 24 (OT)

FCS victories over FBS teams in 2018
August 29: UC Davis 44, San Jose State 31
September 1: Villanova 19, Temple 17
September 1: Northern Arizona 30, UTEP 10
September 1: Nicholls State 26, Kansas 23 (OT)
September 2: North Carolina A&T 28, East Carolina 23
September 8: Maine 31, Western Kentucky 28
September 22: Illinois State 35, Colorado State 19


CLEMSON - Won 26 straight over-all (FBS longest). Won 28 straight regular season games (FBS longest) games. Won 21 straight conference games (FBS longest). Won 22 straight home games (FBS longest). Won 11 straight true road games (FBS longest).
Last: Won 52-3 at home over Wake Forest on November 16.
Next: Visits South Carolina on November 30.

RUTGERS - Lost 19 straight conference games (FBS longest).
Last: Rutgers its fourth shutout loss of the season, 27-0, at home versus Michigan State on November 23.
Next: Visits Penn State on November 30.

AKRON - Lost 17 straight overall (FBS longest). Lost 8 straight home games (FBS longest).
Last: Lost 52-3 at home to Ohio on November 26.
Next: Season complete.

NEW MEXICO STATE - Snapped a 15-game losing streak vs. FBS teams with a 44-35 win over UTEP.
Last: Won 44-35 at home over UTEP on November 23.
Next: Visits Liberty on November 30.

SOUTH ALABAMA - Lost 15 straight road games (FBS longest).
Last: Won 34-30 at home over Arkansas State on November 30.
Next: Season over