Week 15 is here, which means conference championship games are here. The national title picture is much clearer after a wild Week 14, and now all five schools in the hunt for the BCS National Championship – Florida State, Ohio State, Auburn, Alabama and Missouri – know what needs to happen in order for them to get a chance to hoist the crystal football for the final time at the end of this season.
Here's a full look at the TV schedule for Saturday:
|12 p.m. ET||No. 17 Oklahoma, 9-2||No. 6 Oklahoma State, 10-1||ABC|
|12 p.m. ET||No. 16 UCF, 10-1||SMU, 5-6||ESPN|
|12 p.m. ET||Marshall, 9-3||Rice, 9-3||ESPN2|
|1 p.m. ET||Memphis, 3-8||UConn, 2-9||ESPN3.com|
|1 p.m. ET||Fordham, 12-1||Towson, 10-2||ESPN3.com|
|2 p.m. ET||Tennessee State, 10-3||Eastern Illinois, 11-1||ESPN3.com|
|2 p.m. ET||New Hampshire, 8-4||Maine, 10-2||ESPN3.com|
|2 p.m. ET||Coastal Carolina, 11-2||Montana, 10-2||ESPN3.com|
|2 p.m. ET||Southern, 8-4||Jackson State, 8-3||ESPNU|
|3:30 p.m. ET||No. 25 Texas, 8-3||No. 9 Baylor, 10-1||FOX|
|3:30 p.m. ET||Furman, 8-5||North Dakota State, 11-0||ESPN3.com|
|4 p.m. ET||No. 5 Missouri, 11-1||No. 3 Auburn, 11-1||CBS|
|4 p.m. ET||South Dakota State, 9-4||Eastern Washington, 10-2||ESPN3.com|
|7 p.m. ET||Jacksonville State, 10-3||McNeese State, 10-2||ESPN3.com|
|7:30 p.m. ET||USF, 2-9||Rutgers, 5-6||ESPN2|
|7:45 p.m. ET||No. 7 Stanford, 10-2||No. 11 Arizona State, 10-2||ESPN|
|8 p.m. ET||No. 20 Duke, 10-2||No. 1 Florida State, 12-0||ABC|
|8 p.m. ET||UL Lafayette, 8-3||South Alabama, 5-6||ESPN3.com|
|8 p.m. ET||Sam Houston State, 9-4||Southeast Louisiana, 10-2||ESPN3.com|
|8:17 p.m. ET||No. 2 Ohio State, 12-0||No. 10 Michigan State, 11-1||FOX|
|10 p.m. ET||Utah State, 8-4||No. 23 Fresno State, 10-1||CBS
Conference title games
No. 5 Missouri vs. No. 3 Auburn
What's at stake: Whoever wins this game will either be headed to the BCS National Championship or the Sugar Bowl. With Florida State and Ohio State currently No. 1 and No. 2 in the latest BCS rankings, most feel an AU or MU win wouldn't be enough to jump them over either team. If the Seminoles or Buckeyes were to lose in their conference championship, whichever Tigers team comes out victorious on Saturday would be headed to Pasadena for the title.
No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 20 Duke
What's at stake: The Seminoles come into this one heavily favored by the oddsmakers, and just about everyone thinks Jameis Winston and Co. will continue to roll. Duke has found ways to win games late, though, and no one should count the Blue Devils out with the way David Cutcliffe has coached them up this season. An FSU win would send it to the national title game, while a Duke upset would have it playing in the Orange Bowl next month.
No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 10 Michigan State
What's at stake: Much like Florida State, a Buckeyes win would send Urban Meyer's boys to the national championship. No matter how good Auburn or Mizzou look in the SEC Championship Game, nearly every BCS expert agrees that it wouldn't be enough to jump tOSU if they end the season undefeated. Should the Spartans and their stout defense pull the upset, they would be headed to the Rose Bowl while Ohio State would have to hope to land an at-large BCS bid.
No. 7 Stanford at No. 11 Arizona State:
What's at stake: These two teams met earlier in the year up in Palo Alto with Stanford pulling out a 42-28 win. It'll be Arizona State that's playing at home this time around, and with how well they've played at Sun Devil Stadium this year, we should be in for a terrific game with a bid to the Rose Bowl on the line. The loser of this one will probably be headed to either the Alamo Bowl or the Holiday Bowl.
Utah State vs. No. 21 Fresno State
What's at stake: A week ago, it looked like the Mountain West Championship Game would be all that stood between Fresno State and a BCS bowl bid. After losing to San Jose State, that's no longer the case for the Bulldogs. While they should still make a solid bowl game regardless of their outcome against Utah State, you have to wonder what their mental state will be after blowing it last weekend.
Southern vs. Jackson State
What's at stake: The winner of this one will be your 2013 SWAC champion. If you need an appetizer for your big game on Saturday, this should be a fun one as both teams can score a lot of points.