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College Football Schedule Week 14: Championships!!!!

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And here we are at the end of the 14-week college playoff system also known as the regular season. If Oregon wins the civil war at Corvalis and Auburn wins the SEC Championship Game against South Carolina at the Georgia Dome, they go to Glendale, AZ for the kit-and-kaboodle. If not, then there are some interesting complications.

Sitting right behind Auburn and Oregon are TCU and Stanford ready to move their masses to Arizona for that crystal pigskin if those two falter. And who’s to say they won’t? We saw the once-dominant Arizona lose to Arizona State at home thanks to missed extra points at the end of regulation and the second overtime allowing the Sun Devils to play a bowl game.

The SEC Championship Game is a rematch of the Sept. 25 game between Auburn and South Carolina where, as tends to be the Tigers modus operandi, Auburn trailed 20-7 in the second quarter. It was two fumbles by Gamecocks quarterback Stephen Garcia and two interceptions by backup quarterback Connor Shaw, put in due to coach Steve Spurrier’s frustration of Garcia, in the fourth quarter that allowed the Tigers to take over the game and go on to win 35-27.

Auburn has Zenyatta-like tendencies and has always gone into the final stretch of games at full gallop steaming past their opponents. Will the SEC Championship Game be their 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic?

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And then there’s the Civil War game in Corvalis. Last year’s edition in Eugene was the first time in the history of the rivalry where the winner went to the Rose Bowl. And up and down they went. The Ducks scored. The Beavers scored. The Beavers looked like they had the edge. Then the Ducks stormed back, held off the Beavs and were off to Pasadena for the first time since 1994.

A note about the series in Corvalis. Until 2008, the last time Oregon had won at Reser Stadium was in 1996. So who knows?

Also intriguing tomorrow night will be the Connecticut game at South Florida. If they win they get a BCS bowl berth despite having four losses to their name. If they lose and West Virginia wins at home against Rutgers, then the Big East will regain a tiny amount of respectability with a three-loss team representative. Remember, this is where TCU will be heading after next season. While this won’t help their BCS Championship hopes, at least they won’t have to fight tooth and nail for a BCS bowl.

Oh yeah. There’s also the irrelevant USC-UCLA game at the Rose Bowl. UCLA wins by 40. Who cares? The only thing I ask is to keep traffic moving since I have to get to STAPLES Center and cover the Kings playing against the Detroit Red Wings. Thanks!

Rutgers at West Virginia. ABC, 9:00 a.m.
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati. ESPN, 9:00 a.m.
Conference USA Championship: SMU at Central Florida. ESPN2, 9:00 a.m.

Troy at Florida Atlantic. ESPNU, 11:00 a.m.
Oregon at Oregon State. ABC, 12:30 p.m.
SEC Championship: Auburn at South Carolina. CBS, 1:00 p.m.

ACC Championship: Florida State at Virginia Tech. ESPN, 4:45 p.m.
Washington at Washington State. Versus, 4:00 p.m.
Big 12 Championship: Nebraska at Oklahoma. ABC, 5:00 p.m.
Connecticut at South Florida. ESPN2, 5:00 p.m.

USC at UCLA. FS Prime Ticket, 7:30 p.m.