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CFT Predicts: Conference Championship Weekend

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Well, it’s finally here.

Outside of the Army-Navy game next Saturday, Week 15 serves as the final weekend of the 2013 “regular” season.  Despite the fact that 14 weeks are already in the books, though, there are still several critical questions that remain unanswered.

Can Ohio State run its winning streak to 25 straight and claim a spot in its first BCS title game since after the 2007 season?  Would a one-loss and SEC champion Auburn do the unprecedented and leapfrog an unbeaten AQ team into the championship game?  Will Missouri and/or Michigan State make the argument that dominated the week leading into Championship Saturday a moot point?  Can Florida State avoid tripping up against Du… sorry, couldn’t finish typing that with a straight face.

The ACC, Big Ten and SEC championship games aren’t the only ones of import this weekend, though, as the Big 12 and Pac-12 will also send a team apiece into the BCS with automatic bids:

  • If Oklahoma State can defend its home Stillwater turf and beat Oklahoma in Bedlam, the Cowboys claim the Big 12 championship and the automatic BCS berth.  If not, the winner of the Texas-Baylor game — in Waco — will earn the conference’s postseason honors.
  • The Pac-12, as it relates to the BCS, is simple and straightforward: the winner of the Stanford-Arizona State conference championship game in the desert will play in the Rose Bowl against either the Big Ten champion or an at-large team.

Of course, a handful of other games litter the Week 15 schedule — MWC (Utah State-Fresno State) and Conference USA (Marshall at Rice) league championship games as well as regular-season finales in the AAC and Sun Belt — although most eyes will be on the games mentioned above.

So, how will the weekend play out?  How will the questions posed earlier be answered?  Allow the CFT staff to peer into their respective, sometimes cloudy crystal balls and take a stab at just that.

AUBURN (11-1, No. 3 BCS) vs.MISSOURI (11-1, No. 5 BCS)
SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. 4 p.m. ET kickoff

Chris Huston: Auburn 42, Missouri 35
Kevin McGuire: Auburn 34, Missouri 32
JJ Stankevitz: Missouri 38, Auburn 34
John Taylor: Missouri 41, Auburn 34

Auburn/Missouri, 2-2

OHIO STATE (12-0, No. 2 BCS) vs. MICHIGAN STATE (11-1, No. 10)
Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. 8:17 p.m. ET kickoff

Chris Huston: Ohio State 27, Michigan State 10
Kevin McGuire: Ohio State 24, Michigan State 20
JJ Stankevitz: Michigan State 27, Ohio State 24
John Taylor: Ohio State 37, Michigan State 24

Ohio State, 3-1

FLORIDA STATE (12-0, No. 1) vs DUKE (10-2, No. 20)
ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. 8 p.m. ET kickoff

Chris Huston: Florida State 51, Duke 24
Kevin McGuire: Florida State 42, Duke 17
JJ Stankevitz: Florida State 59, Duke 10
John Taylor: Florida State 54, Duke 10

Florida State, 4-0

STANFORD (10-2, No. 7) vs. ARIZONA STATE (10-2, No. 11)
Pac-12 Championship game at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. 7:45 p.m. ET kickoff

Chris Huston: Arizona State 31, Stanford 28
Kevin McGuire: Arizona State 30, Stanford 26
JJ Stankevitz: Stanford 30, Arizona State 21
John Taylor: Stanford 34, Arizona State 31

Arizona State/Stanford, 2-2

OKLAHOMA (9-2, No. 17) vs. OKLAHOMA STATE (10-1, No. 6)

Chris Huston: Oklahoma 38, Oklahoma State 35
Kevin McGuire: Oklahoma State 38, Oklahoma 28
JJ Stankevitz: Oklahoma State 41, Oklahoma 27
John Taylor: Oklahoma State 34, Oklahoma 17

Oklahoma State, 3-1

TEXAS (8-3, No. 25) vs. BAYLOR (10-1, No. 9)

Chris Huston: Baylor 48, Texas 41
Kevin McGuire: Baylor 43, Texas 27
JJ Stankevitz: Baylor 56, Texas 38
John Taylor: Baylor 52, Texas 24

Baylor, 4-0

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9 Responses to “CFT Predicts: Conference Championship Weekend”
  1. polegojim says: Dec 7, 2013 9:37 AM

    Wow JT… picking the SEC upset.

    Can OSU hang 37 on MSU??? Don’t know about that. They only put up 42 on Michigan with a much… much… much inferior Defense… guess we’ll let them play the game and see.

    Hard as it is to say…. I want OSU to beat MSU and play in the Nat Champ game. You’re welcome DK.

    JT – we’re all gonna pitch in an buy a different prognostication pic for you… that’s a three year old recycled crystal ball. ; )

  2. queenlivekillers says: Dec 7, 2013 10:04 AM

    I’m still pissed that Michigan State and Arizona State are playing their best football AFTER losing to Notre Dame!

    The X factor in the B1G Championship is Michigan State’s offense. If Ohio State can move the ball and score, can Michigan state keep up? I see a closer game than has been predicted. I think Ohio State wins, 20-10.

  3. kcrobert10 says: Dec 7, 2013 10:07 AM

    I don’t think it would be an upset for mizzou to win. Big day on my way to Colombia going to get me some Shakespeares pizza and watch the games ucla v mizzou basketball then the football game at harpos.

  4. John Taylor says: Dec 7, 2013 11:01 AM

    @polegojim: I was ducking as I picked Mizzou, and I think OSU-MSU is just gonna be one of those games where the trends coming in don’t mean squat.

    And I’ve been searching for a new crystal ball photo, but those damn copyrights keep getting in the way. I’ll keep looking, but would accept a gift from readers. :-)

  5. realfootballfan says: Dec 7, 2013 11:11 AM

    Think alot of people are selling Missouri short. I think they win that game and do it easily I might add. Unlike many of the other teams that have problems with Malzahn’s offense, they know how to handle it because they run something that’s a variation. Their defense is pretty good, and I think they will give Auburn fits.

  6. tgaustin says: Dec 7, 2013 12:03 PM

    Those are some big scores for the Ok/Ok St and Baylor/Texas games. Not sure if you guys checked the weather? Hard to argue with the picks, but those scores seem a little inflated for today’s conditions.

  7. harbourimages says: Dec 7, 2013 1:35 PM

    Auburn needed TWO TRULY miracle finishes or they’d be on the outside looking in, and the Georgia win was more luck on Auburn’s part and greedy stupidity on Georgia’s. Missouri wins this one! As for OSU/MSU, I don’t think OSU’s Offense can beat MSU’s Defense, but it will be close. Should be a good one…. Baylor beats Texas to turn up the heat on Mack, and FSU… well… Duke’s a great basketball school, but this is football. No way.

  8. polegojim says: Dec 7, 2013 7:44 PM

    JT – will do… I see a new pic in your future!

    PS – after watching these two defenses… anyone who thinks OSU doesn’t have a chance in a National Championship game against Auburn is CRAZY.

  9. footballnut85 says: Dec 7, 2013 8:10 PM

    Come on Sparty! Take down the Urban Legend!!!!!

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