Your weekend viewing guide - The best games of the weekend and why you should watch.
The Triple-Dub: December 2nd-3rd
The coaching rumor mill is in full gear and I’m in annual panic mode because Chris Petersen is reportedly a candidate at UCLA, UNC, Texas A&M and any other BCS job that opens in the next several weeks. Even though he has always stayed despite being a candidate for every job opening every season I still manage to worry about it every year. Anyway, here’s what I’ll be trying to enjoy on the last real weekend of college football this season:
UCLA Bruins (6-6) @ # Oregon Ducks (10-2) – Pac-12 Championshp Game – (Autzen Stadium – Eugene, OR) 8:00 PM ET – Fox
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The only reason UCLA is in the Pac-12 Championship Game is because USC is ineligible. As a result, the Bruins are 31 point underdogs making it the largest spread in college football post-season history (conf. championship games & bowls). UCLA has already fired Rick Neuheisel after another dismal season but is allowing him to coach the game – don’t be surprised to see him open up the playbook on Friday night. That said, I still think the LaMichael James and the Ducks to roll. It’s the first ever Pac-12 championship game so something historic is bound to happen!
#24 Southern Miss Golden Eagles (10-2) @ #6 Houston Cougars (12-0) – Conference USA Championship Game – (Robertson Stadium – Houston, TX) 12:00 PM ET – ABC
A win for Houston sends them to their first ever BCS game and likely sends Case Keenum to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony. Southern Miss looked like they were on a collision course with the Cougars but they lost to 2-9 UAB two weeks ago losing and lost some credibility. Keenum and wide receivers Edwards, Johnson and Carrier should be too much for Southern Miss but we have seen crazier things happen.
#14 Georgia Bulldogs (10-2) vs #1 LSU Tigers (12-0) – SEC Championship Game – (Georgia Dome – Atlanta, GA) 4:00 PM ET – CBS
The Bulldogs lost to Boise State and South Carolina but have proceeded to win ten straight games and the SEC East to get a shot a LSU and the SEC championship. As exciting as it would be to see the Bulldogs upset LSU – I think they have a decent chance – the Tigers will still most likely play Alabama for the BCS National Championship. Pretty sweet, huh? We can all thank the awesome, logical BCS for essentially making this weekend irrelevant. Thanks guys!
New Mexico Lobos (1-10) @ # Boise State Broncos (10-1) (Bronco Stadium – Boise, ID) 6:00 PM ET – The Mtn.
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I don’t expect this to be much of a game, the Broncos are favored by 49 points. Really I’m hoping they’ll try to score 100 on Saturday – we’ll see. I’m most excited because it’s senior day and the last time well see Kellen Moore, Doug Martin, Nate Potter, Billy Winn, Shea McClellin, Tyrone Crawford, George Iloka, Hunter White and 13 other seniors play on the The Blue. On top of that, I hate to say it but it could also be Coach Petersen’s last game in blue and orange too. *Takes one step closer to the edge*
#10 Oklahoma Sooners (9-2) @ #3 Oklahoma State Cowbooys (10-1) (Boone Pickens Stadium – Stillwater, OK) 8:00 PM ET – ABC
A couple weeks ago this game had national championship implications but the Sooners lost to Baylor and then Cowboys lost to Iowa State. Now the winner will get the Big-12′s automatic BCS birth and the loser will have to hope for an at-large selection. Even though the game doesn’t have the luster it once did, these two are huge rivals and should go toe-to-toe on Saturday night. If you like offense – who doesn’t? – this game is for you. Oklahoma State averages 49.8 points per game and Oklahoma averages 43 so expect to see some points on the scoreboard at Bedlam.
#5 Virginia Tech Hokies (11-1) vs #20 Clemson Tigers (9-3) - ACC Championship Game - (Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, NC) 8:00 PM ET – ESPN
Clemson already crushed Virginia Tech 23-3 back on October 1st but the Hokies will get a chance to redeem themselves in the conference championship game. The Tigers were on a nice run to start the season starting 8-0 but then they Clemson’d themselves and have lost three of the last four games. I have no idea who will win the game – Hokies are favored by a touchdown – but it doesn’t matter because they’ll be playing the Big East champion in the Orange Bowl. I don’t know about you but I can’t wait for that one!
#15 Wisconsin Badgers (10-2) vs #13 Michigan State Spartans (10-2) – Big Ten Championship Game – (Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, IN) 8:17 PM ET – Fox
This game is also a rematch but the prior meeting was actually a game with the Spartans prevailing on a 44 yard Hail Mary as the clock expired. The Badgers are 9 1/2 point favorites and will likely be looking to avenge the heartbreaking loss that ended their perfect season. That said, don’t expect Michigan State to go down without a fight as the winner goes to the Rose Bowl. This could actually be a somewhat entertaining Big Ten game – that doesn’t happen very often.
What are you watching this weekend?