It'll be Gators vs. Elephants....uh, I mean Crimson Tide...this weekend in Atlanta to decide the SEC Championship. Perhaps the biggest game of the season so far, it'll also very likely be a championship semifinal game with the winner moving on to the BCS Nat'l Championship in Miami. 'Bama is defnitely in if they win, no doubt there. Florida would still have to jump Texas in the BCS to get to number two, but in all likelihood, that wouldn't be a problem. The Tide is getting no respect going into the game, being that they're 10 point under dogs. And that's probably because they don't have the flash on the offensive side of the ball like Florida does. But, I think Alabama has the edge in two critical categories...defense and coaching. They say defense wins championships, well we will see. And don't get me wrong, Urban Meyer is an excellent coach. But if you forced me to choose, there's no question I'd want Saban on my sideline. However, I still like Florida to win.
Then of course you'll have the Longhorns rooting for Mizzou Saturday night in Kansas City. With an Oklahoma loss in the Big XII Championship Game, that'd likely open the door for Texas to slide into the BCS Championship Game. USC would still have an outside chance. They would have won their conference (assuming they beat UCLA), while Texas did not...that might go a long way with the voters. But, Oklahoma is going to win anyway, so all that is moot.
The ACC Championship features Boston College and Virginia Tech. Does anyone care outside of Boston or Blacksburg? I'll still watch the game because I love college football, but that game just doesn't have a lot of mass appeal.
Ball State and Buffalo get it started Friday night in the MAC Championship. Ball State is looking to stay undefeated, but Turner Gill might have something to say about that.
Also, don't be shocked if Cincinnati, the Big East champion, loses on Saturday. They already have the Orange Bowl locked up, and that flight out to Hawaii is going to be brutal. I see a let down coming for the Bearcats.
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