December 5, 2010 – By Scott
The regular season schedule of the 2010 College Football season is now complete and Championship Weekend did not disappoint football fans with the great slate of games. Conference championships were decided in a few BCS conferences, as well as another big game that featured Oregon and their quest to remain undefeated against rival Oregon State.
SEC Title Game
When Auburn faced South Carolina earlier in the season, they needed a big fourth quarter comeback to steal the win. This time around in the SEC championship game, the story was a little different. The Tigers hopped out to a 21-7 first quarter lead and never looked back as they covered the 5 point spread set by NCAA Football sportsbooks in their 56-7 route. Cam Newton once again showed why he is likely going to win the 2010 Heisman Trophy as he passed for a career high 335 yards and 4 touchdowns, as well as rushing for a pair of TD’s. Auburn entered the game sitting atop the BCS standings and now will wait to get the official word of them playing in the national championship game.
ACC Title Game
Florida State got a little help from Maryland last weekend to land a spot in the ACC championship game against Virginia Tech. The Hokies had reeled off 10 consecutive wins after dropping their first two games and came into this matchup as one of the hottest teams in the nation. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was too much for the Seminoles defense on Saturday and Virginia Tech covered the 4 1/2 point spread in their 44-33 win over the Noles. Taylor passed for 263 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Hokies are now headed to the Orange Bowl on January 3. FSU played without starting quarterback Christian Ponder who was sidelined with an elbow injury but still managed to play well offensively. However, their defense could not stop the Hokies as they put up 442 total yards against a Noles defense that had played extremely well as of late.
Big 12 Title Game
This matchup featured Oklahoma and Nebraska in the last time the two teams would play in the Big 12 championship game as Nebraska is headed for the Big Ten. The Cornhuskers fell apart in the second half and Oklahoma captured a 23-20 win, just barely covering the 2 1/2 point spread. The Sooners trailed 20-17 going into halftime, but came out and got two second half field goals to get the conference championship. Oklahoma had one of their best defensive performances of the season and allowed Nebraska just 293 total yards, while forcing 4 turnovers. The win gives the Sooners their seventh Big 12 title.
It wasn’t a conference title game, but it was a matchup that is worth noting. Oregon needed a win over Oregon State to keep their BCS title hopes alive and did just that as they pulled out a 37-20 win over their rivals, covering the 16 1/2 point spread. Heisman Trophy contender LaMichael James rushed for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win that will likely put them against Auburn in the BCS title game.