Championship Weekend

Bruce Taylor

Marcus Lattimore

This weekend 3 major conferences (ACC,BIG 12 and SEC) will have their annual Championship Game. Out of these 3 games the one with the most impact or greatest storyline is by far the 4 O’Clock game between (1) Auburn and (19) South Carolina. If Auburn can pull it out they will advance to the BCS National Championship where they will meet either Oregon or TCU depending on the result of the Civil War (3:30 ABC). The other major storyline in this SEC throw down is the controversy over Heisman hopeful and Auburn QB Cam Newton (We’ll save that for next time). The other guy to watch besides Mr. Newton is South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore. He wears number 21 and runs with pure power and amazing vision. To make things even better he is a in state 5 star recruit who will shape this program for years to come. For that reason I am gonna give the Gamecocks a chance but he’s gotta have the greatest day of his young career.   The second championship game of the day is for the ACC. This game features my team, (15)Virginia Tech  and the (21 )Seminoles of Florida State. I like this matchup especially being a tech fan because of the 3 or 4 man rushing attack of the Hokies. This attack usually starts of with RB’S Darren Evans and Ryan Williams, Then as the game rules on speed back David Wilson gets some touches and opens up a whole new element with Tyrod Taylor in the option offense. This will work especially good against FSU even though their average Corner runs a 4.4 they have had trouble stopping the run all year. On the flip side when the Noles have the ball they let their senior QB Christian Ponder sling around the pigskin to variety of fast and physical receivers. My matchup to watch is the Seminoles vs The Crowd. Even though it says neutral site it is projected to be an 80% Tech crowd in nearby Charlotte,NC. If FSU can quiet the crowd early with some scores they will really make Tech work for it but if the Hokies “Lunchpail” Defense led by sophomore LB Bruce Taylor can get the place rocking early and often this game could be over by Halftime. The final Conference Championship game of the day is in the Big 12 between (9) Oklahoma and (13) Nebraska. This game is definitely intriguing and a major toss-up. From the North you’ve got the Cornhuskers who are power team with the usual down hill back (Roy Helu Jr.) but have a very talented yet uncharacteristic Quarterback for a Nebraska team (Taylor Martinez) who can rush for close to 100 yards in a game. Then from the South you’ve got the Sooners who run a fast spread offense and like every single season they will win by scoring close to 50 pts a game and having an explosion of raw speed and talent in their backfield (Landry Jones and DeMarco Murray) . My key for this Heavyweight Bout is the Nebraska Defense vs Landry Jones. The Huskers will have to hit Jones early and often to make the Sooners become one dimensional up front with just draw plays or sweeps to Murray which they should be able to stop. If they fail Jones will have a monster day and keep the 11 guys on the other side of the ball guessing and on their heels the whole game.   

Landry Jones

My Picks

SEC Championship 4:00 (CBS) South Carolina vs Auburn     Pick: South Carolina

ACC Championship: 7:45 (ESPN) Florida State vs Virginia Tech    Pick: Virginia Tech    

Big 12 Championship:8:00 (ABC) Nebraska vs Oklahoma Pick: Oklahoma

NCAA Rivalry week

At the end of november there are a couple of things that I look forward to. One of course being Thanksgiving and Christmas is right around the corner. But this year I am looking forward to the best matchups around the College football circuit or as most people know it Rivalry week. This year the marquee matchups will be the Iron Bowl down in Alabama between Auburn and Bama and the Civil War up in the Northwest between the Ducks of Oregon and the Beavers of Oregon State. But besides the big boys there are many other games that you should keep an eye on. Like the annual Backyard Brawl between Pitt and West Virginia. This game is always a good close game but this year it will have BCS game implications with the winner potentially getting a ticket to Tempe, AZ for the Fiesta Bowl.

This is War!!!

 What I love about rivalry is that it’s all about the heart. Big Hits, Emotion and just pure mayhem can be seen in almost every game around the country. What also makes these games special is that they are played at the end of the season which gives them added significance. Like in this years edition of the Iron Bowl. If Auburn wins they are still in the hunt for a national title but if the Crimson Tide can protect their home turf the Tigers title hopes would be crushed. The stakes are similar in the Civil War with the Ducks looking to continue their historic season with a victory in Corvallis,OR. Another game that will have a big implication is Boise vs Nevada. This will be the final test or chance for Boise to prove themselves against a good opponent. Boise will probably win this game but don’t count out Nevada remember this is Rivalry week and anything can happen. But imagine if Boise were to lose…. They would be done and chaos would break loose. You would have another at large spot with TCU claiming the 1st position you would have a battle between the Big 10 teams. Both Michigan State and Ohio State look worthy I would give OSU the edge though.
   I have decided to pick the rivalry games for both week 13 and week 14 (ONLY THE RELAVENT ONE’S)
Auburn vs Bama: BAMA
Colorado vs Nebraska: Nebraska
Boise State vs Nevada: Nevada
UVA vs Va Tech: Hokies
Michigan vs Ohio State:OSU
Michigan State vs Penn State: Penn St
 LSU vs Arkansas : ARKANSAS
South Carolina vs Clemson: Clemson
Oklahoma vs Oklahoma State: Okie State
Week 14
 Oregon vs Oregon State: Ducks
Auburn vs South Carolina: Auburn
Happy Turkey Day to Everyone and Enjoy the games !!!