Utah vs. Oregon: Where to Watch Pac-12 Championship Game, TV Channel, Live Stream and Odds

Championship Week in college football gets underway on Friday night, when Utah and Oregon collide in the Pac-12 title game in Santa Clara, California.

The Utes are chasing their first conference title, while the Ducks could win the Pac-12 Championship Game for the third time, which would see them tie Stanford for the most Pac-12 titles since the conference was last realigned in 2012.

Aside from conference bragging rights, however, the matchup has major postseason implications.

The winner gets an automatic bid to the Rose Bowl, but this year the berth could fall to the loser if the conference champion makes into the College Football Playoff.

As this graphic provided by Statista shows, on Tuesday Utah climbed up a spot to fifth in the latest CFP rankings and a win on Friday would give the Utes the chance to overcome Georgia in fourth place, if the Bulldogs lose to LSU in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday.

Oklahoma and Baylor are also firmly in the running for the final playoff spot, after climbing up to sixth and seventh respectively ahead of their meeting in the Big 12 title game.

Statista, College Football Playoff ranking Week 14
Ohio State remained top of the College Football Playoff rankings after Week 14. Statista

Rob Mullens, the CFP selection committee chairman, said Utah, Baylor and Oklahoma had been the main topic of discussion while compiling the rankings.

"We spent more time on those teams than anybody else on the board," Mullens said on ESPN. "That right there tells you that there's a lot of conversation among the committee on those teams."

The Utes picked up an eighth straight win on Saturday, thrashing Colorado 45-15 to finish the regular season with an 11-1 record.

Utah ranks third in total defense and scoring defense and conceded less than 10 points per game during its eight-game running streak.

The Utes defense will need to continue its strong form against Oregon as Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert has gone 50-for-76 for a combined 612 passing yards, six touchdowns and zero interception in two career games against the Utes.

Herbert could see a lot of the ball on Friday, as Utah leads the FBS in rushing defense with opponents averaging a paltry 2.26 yards per carry.

Utah's defensive dominance, however, is somewhat tempered by the fact that, unlike Oklahoma and Baylor, none of the Utes wins have come against a team with fewer than four losses.

A win against No. 13 Oregon on Friday would change that and give the Utes a real shot at earning a first CFP berth in its history.

"Teams are playing each other, so a lot of movement can happen," Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham was quoted as saying by The Salt Lake Tribune.

While Oregon can't reach the playoffs, it can clinch a first conference title since 2014 as well as secure a Rose Bowl berth.

Add to that the fact that a win against their Pac-12 rivals would end Utah's hopes of a CFP spot and the Ducks shouldn't be short on motivations come Friday night.

"They've earned the opportunity that they have on Friday, to have the opportunity to play for a Pac-12 championship against an excellent football team," Ducks coach Mario Cristobal said during his press conference on Tuesday. "Our guys are excited for the challenge and the opportunity."

Asked about Utah's dominant defense, Cristobal suggested Oregon's main task was to keep the ball away from the Utes.

Utah is in possession for an average of 34 minutes and 40 seconds per game—the best in the Pac-12 and third-best in the FBS—and Cristobal indicated the Ducks would have to disrupt the flow.

"When you enter a game like this, your plan has to be ready to take on those particular aspects because if a team like that has their way and plays to their strengths it makes it a difficult situation," he added.

Here's all you need to know ahead of Friday.

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Devin Lloyd #20 of the Utah Utes is congratulated by teammate Francis Bernard #13 after sacking Steven Montez of the Colorado Buffaloes during the second half of their game at Rice-Eccles Stadium on November 30 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Chris Gardner/Getty

When and where is the Pac-12 Championship Game?

The Utah Utes take on the Oregon Ducks at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the home of the San Francisco 49ers.

Kick-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Friday, December 6.

TV coverage

The game will be broadcast nationally on ABC.

Live stream

A live stream will be available via ABC's digital platforms.

Series record

The two programs have crossed path 32 times, with Oregon winning on 22 occasions and Utah coming out on top in 10 games.

The Utes won 32-25 when the two teams last met in November last year.

Odds

According to BetOnline, Utah is a 6.5-point favorite and is 19/20 to cover the spread, while Oregon is a 39/20 underdog.

The over/under line in terms of total points scored is set at 46.5.