On Turkey Day the best game involved players not getting paid millions (that we know of) to play. As expected, Texas A&M beat the Longhorns, but I have to admit that the game was much closer than I expected. The Austinites will be back in the hunt next season.
The Backyard Brawl was an absolute bore (West Virginia clobbered Pitt). Michigan and Ohio State was good for about a quarter before OSU took over. Urban Meyer lost for the first time to Florida State. Arizona actually looked competitive for a half against Oregon before the inevitable happened.
You have to be kicking yourself if you missed the Iron Bowl. Alabama looked ready for the upset of the season, but then Cam Newton showed why his Daddy tried to get $200,000 for him; Auburn won 28-27. The surprise of the night had to come when poor Kyle Brotzman missed not one, but two chip shots as Boise State lost in OT to Nevada 34-31.
On to this week…
Conference USA Championship
Central Florida vs. SMU
In the early games you can see some entertaining football in the Conference USA Championship game. UCF plays hosts to SMU. The Mustangs are coming off there second winning season in a row for the first time in over 20 years. I think Kyle Padron has the coolest name and is a heck of a QB; Mustangs will roll over UCF.
Oregon vs. Oregon State
After that set your DVR for the Civil War, the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State Beavers. The Ducks once dominated this series; as much as I would like the Beavers to pull off the upset the Ducks will be bring home the coveted Platypus Trophy once again.
Auburn vs. South Carolina
While that game is recording you want to watch the SEC Title game between Auburn and South Carolina. South Carolina has pulled an upset or two this season against powerful teams; then again, they have flopped too. The Gamecocks might put up a pretty good fight if they give their A+ game, but it will still look like a C- as far as Cam Newton is concerned. Auburn wins (of course).
Florida State vs. Virginia Tech
Be sure and set your DVR for the ACC Championship game too. Jimbo Fisher has done a great job with the Seminoles and will look to finish off the first post-Bowden year in style. The Hokies went from being a national embarrassment losing to a FCS school to kicking some serious behind the last few weeks. Florida State has a cooler mascot; Seminoles handle the Hokies with ease.
Big 12 Championship
Nebraska vs. Oklahoma
The game of the day will come later in the evening in the Big XII Championship. Nebraska would like nothing more than to win the conference title their last year in the league. As far as anyone knows Taylor Martinez is still on the team and has not quit, but I don’t think the freshman will have what is needed to beat Landry Jones and the Sooners. He’ll keep it close, but in the end the Cornhuskers will just be the first losers in the conference.
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