We’re just two weeks away from championship weekend in college football, but thus far, only four FBS divisions have been clinched.
Before another critical weekend of college football gets underway, here’s a look at every FBS conference championship race:
American Athletic Conference
East Division Contenders: Cincinnati, Temple, UCF
Overview: Cincinnati can win the division this week with a victory over Temple. The Owls would need to win out and have Cincinnati lose the regular season finale. If that happened and UCF won out, it would create a 3-way tiebreaker.
West Division Contenders: Memphis, Navy, SMU
Overview: Memphis wins the West division by winning out as it holds tiebreakers over Navy and SMU. The Tigers do have a contest with Cincinnati remaining. The Midshipmen and Mustangs will play what amounts to a de facto West division elimination game on Saturday in Annapolis. Both of those teams need to win out and have Memphis suffer one loss in its final two games.
Atlantic Division Contenders: Clemson
Overview: Clemson clinched a fifth straight ACC Atlantic title with a win over NC State on Nov. 9 and Wake Forest’s loss at Virginia Tech.
Coastal Division Contenders: Virginia, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh
Overview: With Duke’s shocking loss at home to Syracuse and Pittsburgh’s overtime win over North Carolina, a muddled ACC Coastal has become a bit clearer. Only Virginia and Virginia Tech control their own destiny. Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh will play this week this week. If the Hokies win, the Nov. 29 contest in Charlottesville will decide the ACC Coastal. If Pittsburgh wins, it would need to beat Boston College in the regular season finale and have Virginia Tech beat Virginia for the 16th year in a row.
Contenders: Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas
Overview: On Saturday night, Baylor let a 28-3 lead slip away in a 34-31 home loss to Oklahoma, but the good news is that the Bears will likely get another shot at the Sooners. Oklahoma and Baylor can each clinch a Big 12 Championship berth by winning one of the final two remaining games. Oklahoma would also advance with any Kansas State or Oklahoma State loss. Baylor would advance with any Texas loss.
East Division Contenders: Ohio State, Penn State
Overview: Ohio State can clinch the Big Ten’s East division by beating Penn State on Saturday. The Buckeyes and Penn State are the only two teams in the division that currently control their own destiny. To force a 3-way tiebreaker, Michigan would need to win out and have Penn State beat Ohio State and then lose to Rutgers at home.
West Division Contenders: Minnesota, Wisconsin
Overview: Unless Wisconsin loses to Purdue at home this weekend, the Big Ten West will come down to the Badgers and arch-rival Minnesota on Nov. 30. The Golden Gophers could clinch the division with a win at Northwestern and a Wisconsin loss to the Boilermakers.
East Division Contenders: Florida Atlantic, Marshall
Overview: By way of a head-to-head victory over Florida Atlantic, Marshall is the only team in the East division of Conference USA that controls its own destiny. The Thundering Herd scored a big win over Louisiana Tech on Friday night and can clinch the East division this week with a win over Charlotte and Florida Atlantic loss to UTSA. The Owls need to win out and have Marshall lose one of its two remaining games.
West Division Contenders: Louisiana Tech, Southern Mississippi, UAB
Overview: Louisiana Tech can clinch the Conference USA West by winning its final two games against UAB and UTSA or by beating UAB this week and having Southern Mississippi fall to Western Kentucky. The Golden Eagles need to win out and have the Bulldogs lose one of their final two games. UAB can force a 3-way tie by winning out and having Southern Mississippi lose one game, but to win the division, it probably needs the Golden Eagles to lose twice.
East Division Contenders: Miami University
Overview: Miami University has clinched the MAC East division.
West Division Contenders: Western Michigan, Central Michigan
Overview: Western Michigan is coming off a big overtime win over Ohio last week and needs just to beat Northern Illinois in the regular season finale to clinch the division. If the Broncos lose to Northern Illinois, Central Michigan would need to beat Toledo to claim the division crown.
Mountain Division Contenders: Boise State, Air Force, Utah State
Overview: The only undefeated team in the Mountain West Conference, Boise State can win the Mountain division by beating Utah State in Logan on Saturday. Air Force needs to win out and have Boise State lose to both Utah State and Colorado State. Utah State could clinch a tie for the division by winning out, but needs Air Force to lose once to avoid it coming down to a 3-way tiebreaker. The Aggies’ only conference loss this season came to the Falcons. Air Force’s only conference loss came to Boise State.
West Division Contenders: San Diego State, Hawaii
Overview: The Mountain West division race couldn’t be any simpler. The winner of Saturday’s contest between San Diego State and Hawaii will win the division.
North Division Contenders: Oregon
Overview: With its win over Arizona, Oregon has clinched the Pac-12 North for the first time since 2014.
South Division Contenders: Utah, USC
Overview: Utah can clinch the Pac-12 South this week by beating Arizona and having USC lose to UCLA. The Trojans need to win on Saturday and have the Utes lose one of their two remaining games against the Wildcats and Colorado.
East Division Contenders: Georgia
Overview: Georgia clinched the SEC East last weekend with a 21-14 win at Auburn.
West Division Contenders: LSU, Alabama
Overview: LSU can clinch its first trip to Atlanta since 2011 by winning one of its final two games against Arkansas or Texas A&M. Alabama needs to beat Auburn on Nov. 30 and have LSU lose its final two games.
East Division Contenders: Appalachian State, Georgia Southern
Overview: Appalachian State scored a big win on Saturday by beating Georgia State. The Mountaineers control their own destiny and can clinch the Sun Belt East by beating Texas State this week and having Georgia Southern fall to Arkansas State. Georgia Southern needs to win out and have Appalachian State lose to either Texas State or Troy.
West Division Contenders: Louisiana, Arkansas State
Overview: Louisiana can clinch the West division of the Sun Belt simply by winning one of its final two games. Arkansas State would need to win out and have the Ragin’ Cajuns lose out. Louisiana-Monroe is mathematically alive, but needs to win out and both Louisiana and Arkansas State to lose out.
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