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10 things you need to know today: December 19, 2020

After a tumultuous season affected by the coronavirus pandemic, college football’s playoff picture should round into shape Saturday following a slew of conference championship games. No. 4 Ohio State will likely secure a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff with a win against Northwestern in the Big Ten title game at 12 p.m. ET. Later at 4 p.m. ET, No. 3 Clemson and No. 2 Notre Dame, both playoff hopefuls, will square off for the ACC crown in a highly anticipated rematch, and No. 1 Alabama will look to lock up the top seed with a victory over No. 7 Florida in the SEC championship game at 8 p.m. ET. Meanwhile, No. 12 Coastal Carolina and No. 9 Cincinnati, though both playoff longshots, are hoping to cap undefeated seasons with wins in the Sun Belt Conference and American Athletic Conference title games, respectively. On Friday night, Oregon beat USC in the Pac-12 championship game, although the Ducks are not considered a playoff contender. [ESPN]

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