NCAA College Football Primer Week 14: Championships and Rivalries
Thursday Dec., 2
Arizona State at Arizona
The game for the Territorial Cup. Arizona has come on some hard times, as they have now dropped three in a row.
Arizona State would get to 6-6 with a win but would not be bowl eligible due to having played two FCS teams.
Friday Dec, 3
Northern Illinois vs. Miami (OH) MAC championship game
Miami (OH) was 1-11 last year and picked near the bottom for this season. Northern Illinois was one of the early favorites and are now ranked.
Saturday Dec, 4
Middle Tennessee at FIU
FIU already has, at the very least, a share of the Sun Belt title; I think if they win, they have it outright.
Middle Tennessee would become bowl eligible with a win.
Rutgers at West Virginia
With their win over Pitt, West Virginia is still in the hunt for the Big East title.
They need to keep winning and hope a few other games around the conference go their way.
SMU vs. UCF Conference USA championship game.
In three years, June Jones has given SMU back-to-back bowls and they are now playing for the Conference USA title for the first time.
UCF will be playing in their third title game.
Utah State at Boise State
It is hard to imagine that Boise State would have a hangover after an overtime loss but then again, they haven’t had to experience losing much.
Nevada at Louisiana Tech
Louisiana Tech is playing for a bowl and would love to be the team that beats the team that just beat Boise State.
Nevada needs to win to win its share of the conference title.
Oregon at Oregon State
Last year's Civil War was for the Rose Bowl. This year, Oregon is playing for more; win and they are playing for the National Championship.
Oregon State would love to take that away from their most hated rival, as well as get to any bowl.
Auburn vs. South Carolina SEC championship game
Like Oregon, the stakes are high for Auburn: Win and they go to the national championship game.
This game was played during the regular season with Auburn coming out on top.
Washington at Washington State
The Apple Cup hasn’t been much of anything in the last couple seasons but this year, Washington is playing for something.
It was just two years ago they were 0-12 and now they are playing for a bowl spot, which is another step up under Sarkisian.
Florida State vs. Virginia Tech ACC championship game
In 2005, the first year of an ACC championship game, these same two teams met and Florida State came out on top.
Both of these teams have had some hard times to overcome this season: FSU with a coaching change before the season and VT with the rough start.
An ACC title will make most forget about all that, maybe.
Connecticut at South Florida
Connecticut finds itself in position to go to a BCS bowl. If they win this game, they win the conference.
Oklahoma vs. Nebraska Big XII championship game
It is an old school rivalry that hasn’t been played every year due to division differences and will be played even less with Nebraska leaving for the Big Ten.
Sometimes, we get slobberknockers with the game going either way (2009, 2005 and 2001) or we could just get a blow out (2008, 2004 and 2000).
I’m leaning toward close.
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