Creature Vs Creature: Gridiron Gurus on Championship Weekend

SportMonkAnalyst IDecember 5, 2008


**As part of a new series, a group of b/r writers make their picks on key college football and NFL matchups. Minus numbers in parentheses denote how much a team is favored to win by.


NCAA Football


No. 20 Missouri vs. No. 2 Oklahoma (-16); Big 12 Championship

Game Overview:

The attitude surrounding this game has changed much from the beginning of the season. Missouri has "fallen from favor," according to many accounts, and is seen as a heavy underdog to the Sooners' national championship contending team. Heisman favorite Sam Bradford leads the nation's most explosive offense against a struggling Tigers team led by struggling quarterback Chase Daniel. If Oklahoma wins this game, it solidifies its spot in the national championship against the winner of the SEC championship. 

Keys to the Game:

Missouri has to be ready to play lights-out football and pull off a miracle. Oklahoma just has to do what its been doing well all season.

Point spread: Oklahoma will cover, in a big way.

Prediction: Oklahoma 65 Missouri 17

Confidence Meter: Five Stars


No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Florida (-10); SEC Championship

Game Overview:

Alabama has been the top-ranked team for the better part of the season and has maintained its poise at the top. Florida is arguably the hottest up-and-coming team in the country, blazing their way to No. 4 (No. 2 in the AP poll) going into last week. The Gators hope to win a spot in the national championship, while the Crimson Tide hopes to finish a spectacular undefeated season strong.

Keys to the Game:

Alabama's defense has to matchup with Florida's offense. Tim Tebow and the Gators haven't had much trouble scoring, but Alabama hasn't allowed much scoring either. If Alabama controls Tebow, it will open the game for John Parker Wilson and the steady Crimson Tide offense to roll to victory.

Point spread: Florida will not cover.

Prediction: Alabama 45 Florida 42

Confidence Meter: Three Stars


No. 17 Boston College (-1 ½) vs. No. 25 Virginia Tech; ACC Championship

Game Preview:

The most mediocre conference in the country produces a mediocre, but still intriguing, conference championship game. Boston College has played great football down the stretch and Frank Beamer's Virginia Tech Hokies are always a force to reckon with.

Keys to the Game:

Virginia Tech has to play "Beamer Ball": produce turnovers and play outstanding special teams. Boston College has to roll offensively and protect the football.

Point spread: Boston College will over.

Prediction: Boston College 28 Virginia Tech 24

Confidence Meter: Four Stars


Navy (-11) vs. Army; Commander-in-Chief Trophy and Pride

Game Preview:

This game is always a classic and has consistently proven to be an exciting game. Navy runs the best triple-option offense in the country and has been a stand-out team for the Armed Forces this year.

Keys to the Game:

Army must find a way to stop Navy's triple-option threat and force passes to find success. Navy has to just run the ball like they do.

Point spread: Navy will cover.

Prediction: Navy 34 Army 14

Confidence Meter: Four Stars


NFL Quick Picks


(-7) PHI @ NYG  The Giants, though I hate them, have played great football. Giants upset. No cover.

(-3) ATL @ NO  Matt Ryan should win Rookie of the Year. I like the Falcons in this one. No cover.

(-1) MIA @ BUF  Miami covers in a down-to-the-wire game in Buffalo.

(-3) DAL @ PITT  Dallas rolls to victory, with cover.

WAS @ BAL (-5 ½) (Sunday Night)  Baltimore covers and wins.

TB @ CAR (-3)  (Monday Night)  Tampa Bay wins the conference crown battle.


Checkout the picks from the other Gridiron Gurus:

Kristin Hamlin

Scott Rieger

Chaz Mattson


Happy Championship Weekend, everyone!