This is the weekend that several conference champions in the Bowl Championship Series conferences will be determined, along with the national championship picture coming full circle. Currently, the Auburn Tigers and the Oregon Ducks hold the top-two spots in the latest BCS Rankings. Each will be on display this weekend, with a victory stamping a sport in the championship game on Jan 10.
Southeastern Conference Championship- No.1 Auburn Vs. No.19 South Carolina
Auburn (12-0) finished the regular season unbeaten both in the conference and out. Last week’s victory over Alabama was arguably the best of their season, as they capped off a 24-point comeback to defeat the Crimson Tide on the road 28-27. They get South Carolina this week, a team that took them to the wire earlier this season, with the Tigers coming out on top 35-27 over the Gamecocks. Quarterback Cam Newton accounted for all five of the Tiger touchdowns, throwing for two, and rushing for 176 yards and three scores to preserve Auburn’s unbeaten record. For the Gamecocks (9-3), they play in their first-ever SEC Championship game, winning the East division for the first time. They are led on offense by quarterback Stephen Garcia and freshman running back Marcus Lattimore. Lattimore has gotten stronger since the season has gone on. He only accounted for 33 yards rushing against Auburn back in the fourth game of the season, but has continued to develop into one of the most dynamic players in the conference. Auburn has been set as a 4.5-point favorite on College Football Betting Odds.
Atlantic Coast Conference Championship- No.11 Virginia Tech Vs. No.20 Florida State
After stumbling out of the gate and losing their first two games of the season, the Virginia Tech Hokies (10-2) have won 10 in a row, including going undefeated in conference play this season and claiming the Coastal Division. They will face the Florida State Seminoles out of the Atlantic division on Saturday night. The Seminoles clinched the division by virtue of Maryland’s victory over North Carolina State this past week. Florida State (9-3) went 6-2 in the ACC this season, and have won three games in a row. The latest win was a 31-7 stomping of arch-rival Florida. These two met in the 2005 ACC Championship game, won by Florida State. Both Florida State and Virginia Tech have have veteran quarterbacks who are the leaders of their team. For the Seminoles, it’s Christian Ponder. For the Hokies it’s Tyrod Taylor. Both defenses are aggressive and quick, and the veteran leadership of the two signal callers will be a critical facet to the outcome of the game. Virginia Tech has been set as a four-point favorite on most online sportsbooks.
Big XII Conference Championship- No. 13 Nebraska Vs. No.9 Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Sooners clinched the Big XII South division with their victory over in-state rival Oklahoma State on Saturday night in an offensive thriller that saw 40 points scored in the final quarter. For the Cornhuskers, they clinch the North Division over Missouri, having beaten the Tigers and earning the berth with the tiebreaker. This match up puts two potent offenses on the field, with the edge to the Cornhuskers as the eighth-ranked scoring defense in the country. While Nebraska prefers to run the ball, Oklahoma likes to use the pass, as two contrasting approaches to an offensive system will be put on display. The Sooners have been set as an early four-point favorite in this one