The first week of December provides the opportunity to watch numerous championship games while jockeying for bowl position continues at a high level.
1. The Civil War: Oregon State @ Oregon (*See Important Note Below)
There are some games that are always full of adventure, excitement, and surprises. The Civil War is one such game, which is why we feel it is necessary to include this match in the predictions and picks for the week.
Former Alabama star cornerback Mike Riley will have his Beavers ready to repay the Ducks for knocking them out of the Rose Bowl in '08.
Baby's Loser: in a thriller, Oregon State
2. Big 12 Championship Game: Texas vs. Nebraska in Arlington, Texas
Colt McCoy will secure his Heisman Trophy with a victory over the Cornhuskers, but this will not be easy. Expect Nebraska to hold the Longhorns to 21 points or less.
Baby's Loser: Nebraska
3. ACC Title Game: Georgia Tech vs. Clemson in Tampa, Florida
Clemson had every intention of winning this game until Steve Spurrier showed the world how to control C.J. Spiller last week in Carolina's 17-point win over the Tigers.
Baby's Loser: Clemson
4. Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh
Everyone wants another unbeaten team to go to the BCS. In this corner we have a supporter of Pitt all year, but can they score enough to defeat Cincinnati?
Baby's Loser: close, Pittsburgh
5. Arizona @ Southern California
Respect for sportsmanship would not be a description of what Pete Carroll did to UCLA in the final minute of their game last week. The Wildcats had best be prepared.
Baby's Loser: Arizona
6. California @ Washington
Before the Huskies are written off here, look at the situation: The Bears are set to go bowling and have little incentive.
Sarkisian just might have UW ready for an upset.
Baby's Loser: tight, Washington
7. Wisconsin @ Hawaii
One of the reasons the Outback Bowl is hesitant to invite the Badgers is because of this game and the possible impact on attendance a month later in Florida.
Baby's Loser: Hawaii
Saturday's Tough One
8. Conference USA Championship Game: Houston @ East Carolina
Skip Holtz is being talked about as a coaching possibility for many of the positions that are opening. He'll have his Pirates ready, but the Cougar offense is too formidable.
Baby's Loser: East Carolina
Game of the Week
9. SEC Title Game: Florida vs. Alabama in Atlanta, Ga.
The teams in this clash are equal and know everything about each other.
Alabama has a true advantage in their ability to create and convert turnovers. The Crimson Tide players think they can beat Florida, but the Gator players know they can beat Alabama. That just could be the difference.
Let's go with history to repeat itself.
Baby's Loser: Alabama
Last week, Baby Tate went 6-3, missing Ga.Tech, Pitt, and Ok.St. (84-33 for the year)
9-0: No One
8-1: Zodiac, Kimberley, Ga Dawg, Taylor B., Connor, Jared, Boulder, and Fanatic.
7-2: Michael C., 007, Kevin M., Alex, Daniel H., Tom O., Scott R., Ryan H., Carl S., Mark F., Jim M., and Sean.
6-3: Baby Tate, Ronnie, 12, Dan B., Tim C., Brandon H., Daniel S., Kent, Mosang, Iceman, Mark S. Bill B., Cliff, Ryan, Blake B., and Tyler L.
5-4: Hokie Hogg, Matt S., James W.
Below Baby Tate's Mendoza Line: Red Raider, Ryan R., Josh M., and Wil
Congratulations to Kimberley who had her finest week ever as her beloved Bulldogs put it to Ga. Tech on national TV.
Same for Ga Dawg. We see he is feeling his oats this week with a fine article recapping the burning of Atlanta.
This is one of the best results record-wise we've seen as an overall group. I'm certain Zodiac will claim that he is responsible.
A tip of the hat to the first-timers who all did well.
Taylor, Connor, and Jared outdid themselves with their fine work during holiday week.
We had 43 participants for this past week. Keep up the great work.
A note of thanks to Bill B. who spent the week telling everyone how Georgia would beat Ga Tech.
*Note: In view of the importance of the Oregon State-Oregan clash, (and since it is the final week of the regular season) let's make an exception this one time only and include a weeknight game. Please have all of our picks in by Thursday night, prior to the Civil War kickoff at 9PM Eastern Standard Time.