Outside of the Army vs Navy game, this is it. It is the final countdown. After this weekend, we will know who will be playing for the National Championship. We will know which teams are going to which bowl games. All of the sudden the insanity that is College Football will start to make sense. Or at least a little bit.
It is a weekend where dreams will be realized, and dreams will be crushed. Its Championship Week baby, and you got to love it.
Here is a look at this week’s marquee matchups:
Oregon vs Oregon State: The Ducks are looking to quack their way into the National Championship. Sadly for them, they still have one last major hurdle to conquer. They get the pleasure of heading to their in-state rival’s home in Corvallis, with everything to lose. Oregon State is in the midst of their worst season in some time, but you better believe that Jacquizz wants to bring his older brother James a win in his final home game. If James Rodgers was healthy and well, I would give the Beavers a chance. Oregon just has too much offensive firepower though to lose to their rival. Count on Oregon to stamp a ticket to the National Championship game with a 10 point victory on the road.
Auburn vs South Carolina: In the wild SEC, it all comes down to this duel in Atlanta. A rematch of one of the great games of the season. The game that really vaulted Heisman favorite Cam Newton into the spotlight. Even if I do not feel that Cam Newton should be eligible for this game, it is a mute subject because he is. And you better believe Auburn is riding high coming off of their amazing comeback in the Iron Bowl, where they shocked Nick Saban and
Alabama. What happens after every high though? A low. I think Auburn is a great team, but I have a hunch that Marcus Lattimore is going to dominate this game and South Carolina is going to play smart, turnover free football. Call me crazy, but I am going out on a limb. I see Auburn digging themselves an early whole as usual, and this time, coming up just short in pulling themselves out. Look for Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks to be celebrating the biggest win in school history and their first ever SEC Football Championship. I got the Gamecocks in a 1 point shocker at home.
Florida State vs Virginia Tech: The ACC Title Game pits two teams with a lot on the line. The winner of this game heads to the Orange Bowl. The loser heads to a much less impressive bowl game. These two programs each boast a very rich tradition. Neither of these teams have played the most scintillating of schedules though. FSU is 1 and 1 against ranked foes, and was embarrassed in their trip to Norman, Oklahoma. VTech is 2 and 1 due to a heartbreaking loss to Boise State in the opener. I just feel that the Hokies stellar offensive attack, led by Tyrod Taylor, Darren Evans, Ryan Williams, and Jarret Boykin will be too much for the Seminoles. Both of these teams have very solid defensive units. But the difference comes in the Hokies ability to rush the ball effectively against any and all opponents. I got VTech by 6.
Oklahoma vs Nebraska: Nebraska is playing in its final Big 12 game. And you better believe that they would like to go out with a bang. The Cornhuskers have not won a Big 12 title since 1999. The program resurgence over the past couple of years has been awesome, but Oklahoma is not as impressed by the heartfelt climb back to the top for Nebraska. Oklahoma is 6 and 1 all time in the Conference Title Game. The Sooners electric offensive unit has only been held under 30 points twice this year. On both of these occasions though, they scored at least 27 points. These teams each have solid defensive units. Offensively though, they are very different. The Cornhuskers rely on a lethal rushing attack while the Sooners love to air it out to big targets like Ryan Broyles and Freshman phenom, Kenny Stills. Normally in big games like this, the team that can run the ball most effectively is the favorite. For some reason though, I see Landry Jones having a field day and Nebraska’s offense struggling due to an unhealthy Taylor Martinez. Oklahoma does the rest of the Big 12 a favor and knocks off the Cornhuskers by 3.
So yes, I am calling a shocker in the SEC Title Game. Would this mean that Oregon would play TCU in the National Championship if all played out as I am predicting here? You better believe it.
Now I realize that the majority of the country wants to see Oregon vs Auburn come January 10th. And I cannot say that I am not in that majority. Every year shockers happen during the last week. I see a major surprise happening in Atlanta.
I hope you all have enjoyed this College Football season thus far. I know that I have. This is it.
Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.