01 December 2014

2014 College Football Predictions: Championship Week

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Here we are, the final week of the college football season. While some conferences are still wrapping up their regular seasons, seven conferences will hold championship games to decide who will claim the conference title. As if that is not enough for ya, we still have much to be decided in regards to the College Football Playoff. Here are my picks for this week.

Thursday, December 4th
UCF vs. East Carolina - ESPN, 7:30
The Pirates can score at will while the Knights are very stout defensively in keeping points off the board. I just do not think that UCF have the weapons offensively to keep up in Greenville.
Pick: East Carolina

Friday, December 5th
Bowling Green vs. Northern Illinois - ESPN2, 7:00 (Detroit)
This is a rematch of last year's MAC Championship in which Bowling Green pulled the big upset in impressive fashion. I don't think that will happen as I do not like how the Falcons have finished their regular season with two straight losses.
Pick: Northern Illinois

Arizona vs. Oregon - Fox, 9:00 (Santa Clara)
This will certainly be a fun one as we could have these two combine for over 100 points. Arizona did pull the upset at Autzen two months ago, can they do it again? I don't see it but this should be a great one.
Pick: Oregon

Saturday, December 6th
Louisiana Tech vs. Marshall - ESPN2, 12:00
Marshall lost a stunner to Western Kentucky but this Louisiana Tech squad does not have the kind of passing game you need to keep up with Rakeem Cato like the Hilltoppers did.
Pick: Marshall

SMU vs. Connecticut - CBS Sports Network, 12:00
Pick: Connecticut

Iowa State vs. TCU - ABC, 12:00
Pick: TCU

Houston vs. Cincinnati - ESPN, 12:00
Both teams have had nice seasons this year in the American but I think with how good the Bearcats have looked in their six game winning streak, they'll pull this out at home.
Pick: Cincinnati

Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma - Fox Sports 1, 3:30
The Cowboys need to pull a Bedlam upset to get to a bowl game but it just will not happen.
Pick: Oklahoma

Missouri vs. Alabama - CBS, 4:00 (Atlanta)
Insert your 'Mizzou gets no respect' card right here. Can they get the ultimate respect by knocking off the top-ranked Tide? I don't see it as their offense simply has not been consistent enough to beat back the Alabama defense.
Pick: Alabama

Temple vs. Tulane - ESPN2, 7:30
Pick: Temple

Kansas State vs. Baylor - ESPN, 7:45
If this game was in Manhattan, I may go with the Wildcats. But in Waco with the loaded offense that the Bears have, I just think that it will be tough for Kansas State to pull the upset.
Pick: Baylor

Wisconsin vs. Ohio State - Fox, 8:00 (Indianapolis)
This is a very tough game now with Ohio State losing the sensation that was JT Barrett as they will now start their third string QB, Cardale Jones. Jones showed some promise against Michigan in relief but can he push the action against a quality Wisconsin defense? I'm not sold and thus, I like Wisconsin.
Pick: Wisconsin

Georgia Tech vs. Florida State - ABC, 8:00 (Charlotte)
Everybody has been playing with FSU as they just can't seem to put anybody away. Georgia Tech is good enough to make the Seminoles sweat another one out but I believe Jameis Winston will do what he has done all season long to get the win.
Pick: Florida State

Fresno State vs. Boise State - CBS, 10:00
The Broncos look poised to get to a Selection Committee game if they win here and I think they will hold off a Bulldog club that really is not that good.
Pick: Boise State

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