Arizona State running back Marion Grice, bottom, is swallowed up by Stanford defensive end Aziz Shittu, top, during the first half their meeting on Sept. 21 at Stanford. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
PAC-12 WILLING PARTICIPANTS:
= Pac-12 Championship: No. 7 Stanford (10-2, 7-2) at No. 11 Arizona State (10-2, 8-1), Saturday at 4:45 p.m., ESPN (Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe). ASU’s only conference loss is at Stanford in Week 4, 42-28.
OTHER MARQUEE MATCHUPS:
= SEC Championship in Atlanta: No. 3 Auburn (11-1, 7-1) vs. No. 5 Missouri (11-1, 7-1), Saturday at 1 p.m., Channel 2 (Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, Tracy Wolfson). Missouri’s only loss is Oct. 26 to South Carolina in two OTs. Auburn’s only loss is by 14 to LSU on Sept. 21.
= ACC Championship at Charlotte, N.C.: No. 1 Florida State (12-0, 8-0) vs. No. 20 Duke (10-2, 6-2), Saturday at 5 p.m., Channel 7 (Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox)
= Big Ten Championship in Indianapolis: No. 2 Ohio State (12-0, 8-0) vs. No. 10 Michigan State (11-1, 8-0), Saturday at 5:17 p.m., Channel 11 (Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, Kristina Pink). MSU’s only loss is by four points at Notre Dame on Sept. 21.
BEST OF THE REST:
= 4:30 p.m., ESPN: No. 19 Louisville (10-1, 6-1 American Athletic) at Cincinnati (9-2, 6-1) (Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Kaylee Hartung)
= 5 p.m., ESPN2: MAC Championship at Detroit: No. 14 Northern Illinois (12-0, 8-0) vs. Bowling Green (9-3, 7-1) (Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell, Allison Williams)
(ESPN GameDay is in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship for the first time in its three-year history.)
= 9 a.m., Channel 7: No. 17 Oklahoma (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) at No. 6 Oklahoma State (10-1, 7-1) (Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, Shannon Spake)
= 9 a.m., ESPN: No. 16 UCF at Southern Methodist (Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, Tom Luginbill)
= 9 a.m., ESPN2: Conference USA championship: Marshall at Rice (Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen, Maria Taylor)
= 11 a.m., ESPNU: SWAC championship in Houston: Southern vs. Jackson State (Mark Neely & Jay Walker)
= 12:30 p.m., Channel 11: No. 25 Texas (8-3, 7-1 Big 12) at No. 9 Baylor (10-1, 7-1) (Craig Bolerjack, Joey Harrington, Ryan Nece)
= 4:30 p.m, ESPN2: South Florida at Rutgers (Mark Jones, Brock Huard)
= 7 p.m., Channel 2: Utah State at No. 23 Fresno State (Andrew Catalon, Aaron Taylor, Allie LaForce). Winner likely faces USC in the Las Vegas Bowl, especially if it’s Fresno State.