It's conference championship time and, yes, it's probably fitting that the final Big 12 conference championship of the 12-team league features Nebraska and Oklahoma. At the beginning of the season, I thought it most fitting that Texas and Nebraska would duke it out--a rematch of their regular season game. But, we all know what happened in Austin so these two traditional Big Eight powers will do battle tomorrow night in, of all places, Texas.
Oklahoma over Nebraska. The Sooners are riding the momentum of their big win in Stillwater last Saturday. The Huskers are carrying the emotion of desiring a last conference championship before they depart for the greener (to them) pastures of the Big Ten. Taylor Martinez is still hobbled by an ankle injury. OU wins this one by four.
Auburn over South Carolina. How can I pick against Auburn? This is a team which finds a way to win each week, even with the Cam Newton controversy staying center stage. You have to give Gene Chizik credit--he's been able to keep his team focused enough to win. The Tigers own one win against South Carolina already this season, and will get another on Saturday. Auburn by seven.
Virginia Tech over Florida State. The Hokies have made an impressive rebound after their first game of the season loss to Boise State, and their embarrassing loss to James Madison. Florida State has won three straight, including a win over arch-rival Florida. I think Tyrod Taylor has a big game and Virginia Tech takes this one by six.
Oregon over Oregon State. This will be a really, really fun game to watch. The Ducks are one win away from a BCS national championship berth. All they have to do is travel to tiny Corvallis, OR and beat their arch-rival--a team who is very, very tough to play at home. I think this one, like so many of Oregon's games, will be tight in the first half. The Ducks will pull away in the second and win by two TDs.
Season predictions to date: 101-39 (72%)