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Can Utah, Oklahoma or Baylor jump into top 4? (1:47)

Kirk Herbstreit and Jesse Palmer assess the chances for Utah, Oklahoma or Baylor to make a jump into the top 4 of the final College Football Playoff rankings. (1:47)

Championship week is here in college football, and for the first time in a while, all the power-conference title games carry playoff implications.

The Pac-12, excluded from the playoff party since 2016, kicks it off Friday night as No. 5 Utah takes on No. 13 Oregon at Levi's Stadium. Saturday's slate begins with an Oklahoma-Baylor rematch in the Big 12 championship game. It continues in the SEC championship with the highest-profile pairing, as No. 2 LSU faces No. 4 Georgia.

Defending national champion Clemson has one more hurdle to return to the College Football Playoff for the fifth consecutive season. Dabo Swinney's team takes on Virginia in the ACC title game. The night wraps up with a rematch between No. 1 Ohio State and No. 8 Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship.

I spoke with coaches about the championship matchups, as well as with some coaches who will be working this weekend. Here are scouting reports for all five contests, sorted by kickoff time.