This weekend is Championship weekend and these games will not only decide conference champions, but most of them will decide who goes to what bowl games and which teams will be part of the BCS Bowls. But there is one game on this slate with national championship game implications, which only makes this one game the most importaint of the day. Meanwhile there are teams making their first appearence in the championship, and some teams who have been here many times before. Either way we should enjoy this group of games, because the season is over after today.
N. Illinois vs Miami(OH)
The annual showdown of MAC teams at Ford Field in Detroit usually ends up saving most of us from Friday night boredom. This year we get N.Illinois against Miami(OH), which should be a good game. N. Illinois is coming in on a good year and coming off an out right dismantling of a directional Michigan school. Meanwhile Miami has had a good year, coming in to this game after beating a quality Temple team. This game is usually very entertaining and usually has a few wrinkles thrown into it. I predict a very close game, but I think Northern Illinois will win this one.
Prediction: Northern Illinois 28 – Miami(OH) 17
SMU vs UCF
SMU is getting back into the national spotlight, this time for the right reasons. SMU is playing for their first out right conference championship since 1982, But the did have a C0-champiosnhip back in 1984(SWC -With Houston). SMU is going to go to their second bowl in a row win or lose. This is an exciting team to watch and they are going to a team that is dangerous in the Conference USA championship game. UCF is a young division 1 program who is really starting to establish a recipie for success, UCF is a good team and will be dangerous at home in this game. UCF hasn’t won a Confrence USA title since 2007. This should be an entertaining game, but I will give the slight edge to the Mustangs and think they will have what it takes to win their first conference crown in 27 years.
Prediction: SMU 17 – UCF 10
Auburn vs South Carolina
This has to be the game of the day. With so much riding on this game, it will be must see TV. This will be the 2nd meeting between these two teams this season, the forst one resulted in a close escape for Auburn. But this time around, it will probably be a different ball game. Steve Spurrier will have his team ready to play, and will look to clinch South Carolina’s first SEC title. Auburn on the other hand is coming off one of the more exciting wins this season. If Cam Newton can make plays again this week, then Auburn should win. If S. Carolina can contain him, then they have a shot. Either way it should be entertaining.
Prediction: Auburn 24 – S. Carolina 21
Florida State vs Virginia Tech
This is a match up of familiar foes, but this will be the first time that these two teams have met in the championship game since 2005. Virginia Tech is coming in winning the last eight games of the season after starting 0-2. Beamer has had his team on a roll and they look to be able to win this game and get into a BCS bowl, which after the second week, looked like an impossible dream. Florida State is coming in after a solid year, and after the way it started, this is a great way to look at ending the season. After being dismanteled by Oklahoma, everyone thought this team was in trouble. But they rebounded by 5 in a row, suffered two losses and then won the last three. The last win was a big one being over in-state rival Florida. This should be an evenly matched game. I think Virginia Tech is just a little bit better and wins a battle.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 35 – Florida State 28
Oklahoma vs Nebraska
This is a classic match up between two old school rivals from the original Big 8 conference. But these two teams have been up and down in the Big XII. This will be the first time these two have met since 2006, which Oklahoma won. There is a lot on the line in this game for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, they will be leaving the conference after this season and they would love to be able to walk out a champion. Nebraska is coming to the game witht only two losses this season, both to teams from the state of Texas. But the bigger thing on their mind is erasing the pain from last year when they were beat on a last second field goal. This year Pelini wants nothing more to win the game and bury the past in Dallas. Oklahoma on the other hand is coming in after winning an exciting game last week agianst their rival. Oklahoma has had a good year, but it hasn’t been as good as some would hope after suffering two losses. But it is a drastic improvment from last season. This should be an even game, but I think the running game will be the difference and that is why I am picking Oklahoma to win in a knock down drag out brawl.
Prediction: Oklahoma 28 – Nebraska 24
Other Games of interest:
UConn vs. S. Florida:
This game wouldn’t be that interesing to me other than the fact that UConn can effeictivley win the Big East crown and be the team to play in a BCS bowl. South Florida just recently beat Miami, but UConn is coming in on a 4 game win streak. This should be a fun game to watch, but I think Uconn will be able to win this one pretty easy. There is a big carrott for the huskies and that will help them find the way to win.
Prediction: Uconn 35 – S. Florida 21
Oregon vs Oregon State:
The annual Civil War game is always a fun game to watch, but this one has a little more at stake than the usual year. This year Oregon can punch their ticket to Glendale with a victory. This seems like an easy enough task to get up for and secure your shot at a national championship. But the problem is, this is a rivalry game and things happen in rivalry games. unfortunatly I don’t see that one happening in this game. Oregon should do to State, what they have done all season.
Prediction: Oregon 52 – Oregon State 10