The Florida State Seminoles and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will both be hoping championship week goes a lot better than rivalry week.
Jimbo Fisher's squad let a big fourth-quarter lead slip away last weekend against Florida during its 37-26 loss. Georgia Tech, meanwhile, wasn't quite fortunate enough to blow a fourth-quarter lead. It narrowly fell to Georgia in Athens by a score of 42-10.
But this is the ACC, and despite embarrassing Week 13 losses, both squads will still battle it out for the conference title and a BCS bowl appearance on Saturday night.
No. 13 Florida State deserves to be there. It finished the season 10-2 (7-1 in conference) and beat Clemson, the only other ranked team in the conference.
Georgia Tech, however, kind of stumbled into this game. The Yellow Jackets finished third in the Coastal division, but because North Carolina and Miami are both ineligible for postseason play this year, they get an unexpected chance at the title.
So, yeah, welcome to the wacky world of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Let's take a look at everything you need to know to make sure you don't miss this unique title game.
Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
When: Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Line: Florida State (-14), according to Covers
Impact on BCS Bowl Picture
Here's why this game is truly ridiculous.
If Georgia Tech wins, it gets a BCS bid and will be headed to Miami to take part in the Orange Bowl. If it loses, it will finish 6-7 and likely won't make any bowl. At all.
That's right, it's the freaking Orange Bowl or nothing for the Yellow Jackets (unless they file a waiver and get approved). No Music City Bowl. No Independence Bowl. No Military Bowl. No Taco Bell Nacho Bowl Bowl.
Talk about about a pressure-filled game.
If Florida State wins as expected, the Seminoles will likely take on Rutgers or possibly Kent State in the Orange Bowl, but at least the country won't be forced to mourn at the sight of a seven-win team in a BCS bowl game.
I might be the only one outside of Atlanta to do so, but I'm going to be rooting for Georgia Tech just because I like a little bit of mayhem in the BCS.
Nonetheless, I'm completely prepared to be disappointed.
Led by Orwin Smith, Zach Laskey, Tevin Washington and now Vad Lee, the Yellow Jackets boast the No. 3 rushing attack in the country with 323.3 yards on the ground per game.
While that gives them an incredibly powerful strength, it also makes them one-dimensional.
And Florida State has the front seven to slow down that dimension.
The Seminoles are allowing a minuscule 2.7 yards per carry, which is third best in the nation. They've also given up just 85.1 rushing yards per game, which is fourth best.
Advantage, Florida State.
It won't necessarily be a defensive battle, either, as FSU is averaging 41.5 points per game while the Yellow Jackets give up 30.7.
Conference championships don't always follow the rules of what should happen, but this one is just too lopsided. Take Florida State, even against the spread.
Seminoles 45, Yellow Jackets 21
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