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  • Conference championship week is here, and all 10 Power 5 conferences will crown a champion.The final College Football Playoff pairings also will be decided this weekend, with the marquee matchup No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Georgia in a rematch of last years national championship game. No. 2 Clemson, No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 6 Ohio State also have a chance to make their Playoff case.MORE: Sporting News had succe s against the spread with a 14-6 record, and will look to continue to build on that with Championship Week and bowl season:Straight up: 207-50,.805 (16-4last week)Against the spread:139-102, .577 (14-6 last week)Upset picks: 11-14, .440 (1-2lastweek)With that in mind, here are our championship week picks (lines reflect Consensus picks fromas of Monday):Buffalo (-3.5) vs. Northern IllinoisThe Bulls have a dynamic connection between Tyree Jackson and Anthony Johnson, and despite a lo s to Ohio have been the mostconsistent team in the MAC under Lance Leipold. Northern Illinois has been to this game seven of the past eight years, but they ended the season on back-to-back lo ses. We will go with the better offense. Buffalo wins 38-28 and COVERS the spread.No. 10 Washington (-5) vs. No. 17 UtahWashington won a 21-7 defensive struggle when the teams met in September, and this should be the same type of game. Myles Gaskin was the key for the Huskies in the Apple Cup win, and he will close out a banner career in the Pac-12 with one more game-breaking performance. Utah wont have quarterback Tyler Huntley for this one either. Washington wins 35-21 and COVERS the spread.No. 5 Oklahoma (-7.5) vs. No. 9 TexasThe line jumped to two points from its opening. The Sooners have a chance to from a 48-45 shootout in the last meeting with Texas, and quarterbacks Kyler Murray and SamEhlingerwill put on a show at Jerry World. Oklahoma still has its Playoff hopesalive, and in order to be sure the Soonersneed to win convincingly enough to hold off Ohio State. This will be tight into the fourth quarter. Well take the hook on the line. Oklahoma wins 48-41 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.MORE: Appalachian State (-17.5) vs. LouisianaTheMountaineersare heavy favorites to win the first Sun Belt championship game.Appalachian State won the regular-season meeting 27-17, but is playing a Ragin Cajuns team that won its last three games. Well take the points here.AppalachianState wins 33-20 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.Middle Tenne see State (-2.5) vs. UABThe Blazers are underdogs after losing 27-3 to the Blue Raiders last week, and its a quick turnaround to face an offense led by veteran quarterback Brent Stockstill. Its going to be closer the second time, but it’s hard to pick against the favorite here. Middle Tenne see State wins 31-24 and COVERS the spread.No. 7 UCF (-3.5) vs. MemphisThis line dropped from its open, and its easy to see why. , and the Tigers have a high-flying offense led by All-American candidate Darrell Henderson. Memphis has won its past four after a midseason lull, and it will avenge this years lo s to the Knights in a shootout. Memphis wins 45-42 in an UPSET.MORE: No. 1 Alabama (-13) vs. No. 4 GeorgiaThe line was set at 10.5 and has since jumped by two-and-a-halfpoints. The implications are obvious here: Georgia is tasked with trying to slow down the Alabama offensive machine in a play-in Playoff game. The Bulldogs have the running game to control the clock, but will they generate enough pa s rush to slow down Alabamas receivers? We like the original line in a big-time matchup of this magnitude. Alabama wins 31-21 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.No. 19 Boise State (-2.5) vs. No. 25 Fresno StateThe Broncos and Bulldogs played this game on Nov. 9, and Boise State won 24-17. This is the fourth meeting in two years, and that familiarity means one or two turnovers can make the difference. We will stick with the defending Mountain West champions. Boise State wins 24-20 and COVERS the spread.No. 2 Clemson (-26.5) vs. PittsburghClemson is making its fourth consecutive ACC championship appearance, and its the first meeting with the Panthers since the 43-42 shootout in 2016. Its been an up-and-down season for Pitt, and the Tigers have won their past six games by an average of 35.6 points. Clemson dominates here, but its a matter of whether a back-door cover happens. Clemson wins 42-19 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.MORE: No. 6 Ohio State (-14) vs. No. 21 NorthwesternOhio State and now catches a Northwestern team that has won seven of its past eight games and lost to Michigan by three and to Notre Dame by 10. The scoreboard matters if the Buckeyes want to make a last-minute Playoff impre sion. Ohio State wins 42-26 and COVERS the spread.

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