In the heat of studying, I’ve decided to drop by to wish you all a happy weekend and to give you all a little breakdown of the conference championship games being playing tomorrow.

So here goes:

C-USA Championship

Tulsa vs. East Carolina

The classic offense vs. defense showdown. Tulsa has shown — numerous times — this season that they can hang crooked numbers on anyone they play, and East Carolina has shown this season they can hang round numbers (zeros) on their opponents with their defense. But the key for this game will be the East Carolina offense. You don’t shut out a Tulsa. They will get their 30-35 points. It’s just a matter as to if the Pirates can move the chains and score some points of their own.

My Pick:

Tulsa 45

East Carolina 21

Big 12 Championship:

Oklahoma vs. Missouri

Forget who you think belongs to be in this game, these are the two teams playing in the big game.

For OU, they want a shot at the title game. They want the opportunity to go out and show the world that they are more deserving than Texas and that they are the alpha-males of the Big 12, despite a hiccup against the Longhorns earlier in the year.

For Missou, you want to shock the world and rebound from last weekend’s loss to Kansas. This is probably one of the only times in Chase Daniel’s career that he will be a multiple touchdown underdog, so what does he have to lose?

This game reminds me a lot of the 2003 Big 12 Title game when the “invincible” OU team took on “lowly” K-State and lost.

So, I will go out on a limb and say it will happen again.

Missou pounces OU and disrupts the BCS.

My Pick:

Missou 35

OU 28

Finally,

SEC Championship

Florida vs. Alabama

This is the big one in the eyes of everyone on the South. It’s speed and star power against power and strength. It’s old-school (Saban) vs. new-school (Meyer).

Nick Saban’s defense can be as good as it wants to be, but you just don’t shut out Florida. The Gators will get their 28+ in this game. The key comes down to a few things:

1. Turnovers – If Bama can rob Florida of possessions by forcing turnovers, it will allow them to get some “cheapie” points that they need to make up the difference in this game.

2. Field Position – I don’t know that Alabama can drive 75-80 yards down the field on UF consistently on drives. That makes special teams so vital, because on the flip-side if Florida ever gets a drive that they’re allowed to start around midfield or so, give them the 7 points now.

3. Trenches – Alabama can and will punch you in the mouth. Florida is more finesse. In boxing terms, Florida is more Mike Tyson in that they want to knock you out in the first round, whereas Alabama is more Lennox Lewis in that they want to take the fight to the late rounds and wear you down.

Can Alabama make it out of the early rounds alive? And if so, can Florida play punch-for-punch in the late rounds?

Whoever prevails there will likely win the game.

My Pick: I said it before and I’ll say it again. No one stays within 14 of Florida the rest of the season.

Florida 49

Bama 21

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No new news on the LSU front, but those in the know still tell me Vic Koenning will be the new DC if he chooses to be.

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Enjoy your weekend and for those student-readers out there, good luck on your finals!

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