After last week’s college football rivalry week, I don’t know if it gets any better.
This week we have the conference championship games that shall lay the stage for the last year of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). Just as a bit of history, my alma mater, the University of Tennessee, won the first BCS Championship game, 23-16, against Florida State University out in Tempe Arizona at Sun Devil Stadium capping off a perfect season that had a few miracles.
That being said, I truly believe Auburn has a blessing bestowed upon them. Who can forget the ending of their last two games with Georgia and Alabama?
So now Auburn is squaring off against Missouri in the SEC championship in Atlanta — two teams which had horrific seasons last year in the SEC — maybe there’s hope for the Vols? Sorry Mizzou, gotta go with Auburn.
I’m in Charlotte tonight (Friday) and tomorrow the ACC Championship will pit undefeated Florida State against Duke, and FSU certainly gave a sigh of relief with the Jameis Winston case. I love the underdog story and David Cutcliffe is former Offensive Coordinator at Tennessee — love the guy. But FSU looks unstoppable, and so I gotta go with Chief Oseola.
Up north there’s a pretty important game in the Big 10 championship between Ohio State and Michigan State. OSU somewhat showed defensive weakness last week against Michigan. But I believe the Buckeyes will struggle against the Spartans, and lose — Go Spartans.
Lastly, there are a couple of games out of the Big 12 that have national implications. First Texas and Baylor, where I believe Baylor recovers from their lapse last week against TCU, and Bears defeat the ‘Horns. And then there’s “Bedlam” — the annual game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The Cowboys of OSU made a believer out of me with that “woodshed” they put on the Baylor Bears. I believe the game is in Stillwater, Oklahoma, if it’s not, who cares? Oklahoma State will beat their in state rivals the Sooners.
As far as the NFL, I’ll be tuning in to see if Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers can put another whuppin’ on the New Orleans Saints. The Seattle Seahawks showed everyone why they are the best team in the NFL against the Saints last Monday night. But can Drew Brees and the “Who Dats” rebound? T
Tough one to call, but I’ll give the edge to New Orleans.
So what are your big games to watch this Saturday and Sunday? Do you agree with my picks? Regardless, it is gonna be a great day for college football on Saturday.
Last question, does the controversy surrounding Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston affect his winning the Heisman Trophy next week?