The games will be much more consolidated today as we begin looking at some of the championship games. There are a few games today and particularly that will be very good match ups.
As we draw near the end of the college football season, and closer to the bowl games, the pro prospects are starting to shine a bit more. The draft will be held in April, 2011 once again. It's always a mystery as to what non-seniors will declare themselves eligible. Sometimes players come out at their peak, and other times they come out prematurely just to lose all confidence in themselves. Each year, there seems to be stacked talent at different positions and not so much at others. There should be no shortage of intrigue as to who those players will be.
Below, we'll highlight some of today's games and display the rest.
#2 OREGON VS. OREGON STATE
The Civil War Game has been one of the most decelerated game that the Pac-10 has showcased for some time in history. The rivalry dates all the way back to 1894. However, it was not officially named "The Civil War Game" until 1929. Oregon holds the lead out of 113 games but Oregon State does not trail by much. No matter where either of these two teams have been ranked, it usually is pandemonium... as Dick Vital would say. In this years match up, it's highly anticipated that the Ducks will more than likely come out victorious. I believe that the Beavers will play it tight for a couple quarters but ultimately the Ducks will just have too much offense for the Beavers to keep up with. LaMichael James should be the highlight on offense for the Ducks, so if the Beavers want to have a chance, they'll have to key on the young running back.
#1 AUBURN VS. #19 SOUTH CAROLINA
Cam Newton has catapulted his NFL draft status a ton this year with his amazing ability to scramble for huge chunks of yardage. South Carolina has disappointed several teams this year. The Gamecocks and Tigers have already played once this year and Auburn came out with the win in a hard fought battle with the score of 35-27. Steve Spurrier will have his team ready for revenge. There couldn't be a better two teams to face off in the SEC Championship game. Stephen Garcia will have to have the game of his life, with some leverage from Marcus Lattimore and the run game, to overcome Cam Newton, Nick Fairley and the rest of the Auburn Tigers. Out of all the match ups today, I'd say that the Gamecocks are in the best position to pull off an upset.
#21 FLORIDA STATE VS. #15 VIRGINIA TECH
The Seminoles haven't had what one would call a stellar season but they've done enough to put themselves in position to earn a big bowl game bid. If they can beat the Hoakies this afternoon, they will in fact do that. Christian Ponder has been a disappointment to some but he still has a good chance on a national stage to showcase what he is about. Virginia Tech started off slow but have come in to their own as the season has progressed. Ryan Williams, Darren Evans, and Tyrod Taylor will have their work cut out as they face a decent Forida State defense. The Dr. Pepper ACC Championship game should be another very good game. Both these teams are for the most part evenly matched but Virginia Tech has not lost a game in the ACC and they will be the favorites to take this one.
#9 OKLAHOMA VS. #13 NEBRASKA
The Huskers have not won a Big 12 Championship in over 10 years. Some say their time is now. However, it is uncertain if they will be with or without the young phenom quarterback Taylor Martinez as he is day-to-day with his injury. I suspect he will play but there is no telling what his limits will be... if any at all. Nebraska will come in to this game ranked 8th in the nation in points against while the Sooners are ranked 4th in the nation in passing offense. It will be an interesting game of a great offense versus a great defense. Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles have been virtually unstoppable. Last week in the Bedlam game Broyles caught 9 passes for 82 yards with a touchdown. It will be tough for the Huskers to key solely on Broyles when they have a few other receivers that can get it done. That, coupled with a stout running game led by DeMarco Murray will be the biggest test of of the year for this fierce Husker defense. Since this is the Big 12 Championship, it's tough to call this one. It may just be better to sit back, crack an ice cold brew and let this one unfold before your eyes. Both teams have identical records at 10-2 while 6-2 in the conference.
HERE IS THE REST OF TODAY'S SCHEDULE: