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9Picks: Conference championship weekend

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

It's conference championship weekend in college football and there are several big matchups on tap.

In the NFL, the Saints and Lions will hook up in the Dome on Sunday, looking to stay in the playoff hunt.

9 Games, 9Picks:

Lions (7-4) vs Saints (5-6)
The Detroit Lions come to New Orleans leading the NFC North division, while the Saints are trying to stay in playoff contention. The Lions have won four of their last five and have a knack of winning games in the 4th quarter. The Saints will need to jump out to a good start and hold off the late comeback by the Lions. The game features Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford, two of the hottest quarterbacks in the league. This promises to have a lot offensive fireworks.
Saints 28, Lions 27

No. 1 Alabama (12-0) vs. No. 15 Florida (8-3) 
Alabama and Florida meet on Saturday for the 2016 SEC Championship game. The Tide will start its march to a National Championship run in Atlanta. This one is over early. 
Alabama 30, Florida 10
    
No. 3 Clemson (11-1) vs. No. 19 Virginia Tech (9-3) (ACC Championship)  
Clemson needs a victory to stay in the College Football Playoff picture. Virginia Tech will need a near perfect game to pull off an upset. Clemson punches their ticket to the playoff.
Clemson 35, Virginia Tech 20
    
No. 6 Wisconsin (10-2) vs. No. 8 Penn State (10-2) (Big Ten Championship)
Will Penn State win the Big Ten Championship and be left out of the NCAA Playoff? Penn State beat Ohio State earlier this season, but could be passed over for a playoff spot. No worries, Badgers win and controversy avoided.   
Wisconsin 17, Penn State 14
    
No. 7 Oklahoma (9-2) vs. No. 11 Oklahoma State (9-2)
This one looks like a track meet. Last team with the ball will win and the Sooners get that honor.
Oklahoma 35, Oklahoma State 34
    
No. 14 West Virginia (9-2) vs. Baylor (6-5)
Baylor has really hit the skids down the stretch, losing five games in a row. The Mountaineers are looking for a 10 win season and get it on Saturday.
West Virginia 23, Baylor 20
    
No. 20 Navy (9-3) vs. Temple (9-2) (AAC Championship) 
This looks to be an evenly matched game that promises to have a lot of offense. Navy is averaging 42 points and Temple 32 a game. The Midshipmen win with a late 4th quarter drive and keep their New Year's bowl hopes alive.
Navy 30, Temple 27

No. 8 Colorado (10-2) vs No. 4 Washington (11-1) (Pac-12 Championship)
The Huskies need a win to lock down one of the four playoff spots, while the Buffaloes look to keep a dream season alive. On paper these two teams are even, but on the field Washington will prove to be the superior team.
Washington 34, Colorado 23

No. 17 Western Michigan (12-0) vs Ohio (8-4) (MAC Championship)
Western Michigan is hoping for a win and a birth in a New Year's bowl. Ohio is trying to play spoiler. Broncos will win this one and wait for a bowl bid. 
Western Michigan 42, Ohio 25

LAST WEEK: 8-1, OVERALL RECORD: 80-37

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