College Football Finale: Finally!

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Finally, after fourteen weeks of almost nonstop gridiron play, the 2008 college football season is coming to an end. Sure, after this weekend’s conference title games and league clashes there will college footballbe a two week pause before the sport’s “second season” begins, a two and one half week bowl season extravaganza.

But, before the first bowl games are played beginning on December 20th, certain matters must be tended to between now and then. That, my folks, would be this weekend’s games, some of which have a tremendous bearing on who plays where in the post season.

The following games are of varying importance, contests which may mean nothing to you but everything for players, coaches, and fans:

Louisville @ Rutgers – After a 1-5 start, the Scarlet Knights are bowl eligible while the Cardinals need to win in order to be considered for a post season game. Can anyone stop Teel and company?

Ball State v. Buffalo – At 12-0, Ball State must win this conference match up in order to maintain the possibility of appearing in a BCS bowl. A loss would be devastating while Buffalo goes bowling no matter whether they win or lose.

Pitt @ UConn – Both teams will going to a bowl, with the winner of this game seeing its post season prospects improve.

East Carolina @ Tulsa – Early on in the season, I had the Pirates as a surprise Top Ten team. Though they still have a good team, I think the Golden Hurricanes will score early and often when they meet for the Conference USA title game.

Navy v. Army – Forget their won-loss records – these two schools vie in a classic tilt, one that has been dominated by the bowl bound Middies for several years now. Can Army beat Navy? Yes, but they won’t.

Alabama v. Florida – The SEC title game features two of the top teams in the country. The winner of this game plays for the BCS championship. The loser still gets a nifty BCS bowl game.

Missouri v. Oklahoma – Missouri is the king of the Big 12 North, the Sooners of the Big 12 South. The question for this Saturday will be: can the Tigers hold Oklahoma to less than 50 points and still win? Not a chance – Oklahoma 58, Missouri 35.

Arizona at Arizona State – The Wildcats are already bowl eligible while the streaking Sun Devils need to win in order to possibly see some post season activity.

South Florida @ West Virginia – This was supposed to be the game that determined the Big East title, but neither team has proven much other than that are 7-4 and bowl bound.

Cincinnati @ Hawaii – Any kind of slip up from a team this weekend just above the #13 Bearcats could propel Cincinnati into a BCS game. A long shot, but something that’ll make this game against the 7-5 Warriors interesting to watch.

That’s it for the season. I’ll be watching the bowl selections fall into place this Sunday evening and report on key games between now and the BCS title game. Other than that, its getting time to focus in on Men’s College Basketball and whether the UNC Tarheels has what it takes to go the distance this season.

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