2021 American Athletic Conference Championship Game: Matchup, how to watch

By Kevin Kelley -

The 2021 American Athletic Conference Championship Game is set with the No. 4 Cincinnati Bearcats hosting the No. 21 Houston Cougars. The game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 4 at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Cincinnati clinched a spot in the American Athletic Conference Championship Game after finishing 8-0 in conference play. The Bearcats are 12-0 overall and will be making their third American Athletic Conference Championship Game appearance.

Cincinnati defeated Tulsa 27-24 in last seasons matchup and fell to the Memphis Tigers in the 2019 edition of the game, 29-24.

Houston also finished 8-0 in conference play (11-1 overall) and in a tie for the best regular-season record with Cincinnati. The Bearcats earned the right to host the championship game due to their higher standing in the College Football Playoff rankings.

This will be Houston’s second appearance in the championship game following a victory over the Temple Owls in the inaugural championship game in 2015, 24-13.

Tickets for the American Athletic Conference Championship Game are available from our partner StubHub. The lowest price is currently around $55 plus fees.

Brett McMurphy of The Action Network currently projects Cincinnati to defeat Houston and play the Georgia Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl. Houston is projected to face the Boston College Eagles in the inaugural Wasabi Fenway Bowl.

2021 American Athletic Conference Championship Game

  • Matchup: (21) Houston at (4) Cincinnati
  • Location: Nippert Stadium – Cincinnati, OH
  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021
  • Time: 4:00pm ET
  • TV: ABC
  • Crew: Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Greg McElroy (analyst), and Katie George (reporter)
  • Tickets: Buy Tickets

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