The final weekend of the regular season is here. By Sunday night, we will know who’s going the the BCS National Championship and the rest of the 35 bowls. This weekend features a lot of conference championship games and there are some important Big 12 games as well. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest games on this final weekend before the bowls.
- Oklahoma at Oklahoma State, Noon ET, ABC. This year’s Bedlam matchup will be Oklahoma State’s chance to win its second Big 12 Championship in three years. Oklahoma State has been on a roll lately, beating Texas and Baylor by a combined score of 87-30. The Sooners are coming off a nice win of their own, winning at Kansas State 41-31. The weather (15 degrees at kickoff) will be a major factor tomorrow, as will the Boone Pickens crowd. We saw what happened to freshman QB Bryce Petty when Baylor came to Stillwater. I don’t see the Sooners freshman QB Trevor Knight having much more success. Oklahoma State 31, Oklahoma 20.
- SEC Championship Game in Atlanta: Missouri vs Auburn, 4 ET, CBS. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Auburn’s miracle season continued last week with a last second win over Alabama. So Auburn has to win this game right? The crazy thing about Mizzou playing in this game is that two years ago they were a middle-of-the-road Big 12 team. Now, they find themselves in the SEC Championship Game. Auburn 27, Missouri 21.
- Texas at Baylor, 3:30 ET, FOX. This game doesn’t mean much if OSU beats OU earlier in the day. But if OU wins, the winner of this game will win the Big 12 and head to the Fiesta Bowl. As long as Bryce Petty doesn’t trip over the turf monster at the one-yard line again, Baylor’s ability to rush the ball with quarterback will be a huge advantage for the Bears. Texas doesn’t have the offense to keep up with Baylor in a track meet in Waco. Baylor 45, Texas 22.
- Pac-12 Championship Game: Stanford at Arizona State, 7:45 ET, ESPN. I’m not sure how they did it, but ASU finished the Pac-12 season with the best conference record. Better than Stanford. Better than Oregon. ASU’s lone conference loss was to….Stanford. But the Sun Devils get the Cardinal at home this time around. In the first meeting, Stanford destroyed ASU on the ground, rushing for 240 yards. Arizona State rushed for only 50 yards in that game and if they have similar issues rushing the ball this Saturday, it will be up to Taylor Kelly to lead the passing game. I like Taylor Kelly when Marion Grice and D.J. Foster are doing well on the ground, but if ASU gets one-dimensional they are in trouble. Stanford 31, Arizona State 27.
- ACC Championship Game in Charlotte: Duke vs Florida State, 8 ET, ABC. Duke has had a tremendous year, but the Seminoles are way too talented. Florida State 56, Duke 20.
- Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis: Ohio State vs Michigan State, 8:17 ET, FOX. This could be the game of the day. Ohio State is undefeated and controls its own destiny, while Michigan State only has one loss and finished the Big Ten conference slate undefeated (If the Spartans didn’t lose at Notre Dame, this would be the BCS National Championship play-in game.) Michigan State has done it with defense all year long, allowing the third least points per game in Division I. Ohio State has been the exact opposite, averaging the third most points per game. They say defense wins championships and I agree. Michigan State 24, Ohio State 21.