Welcome to week 14. Notre Dame finished up last weekend with a disappointing loss to Stanford. The Irish are now 8-4 and standing by for an invitation to what will almost certainly be the Champs Sports Bowl on December 29th. The Irish will most likely face either Florida State or Clemson in that game.
Elsewhere around the country we are heading into Championship Weekend. All of the conference title games will be played this week as well as a smattering of regular season finales in the Big XII, Big East and a few of the other smaller conferences. Overall this might be the most meaningless championship weekend to date. Let's take a look.
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Rankings are per the BCS Standings.
*All times listed below are EST.
Games after the jump.
Thursday 1 December
#23 West Virginia at USF 8:00 ESPN
This is one of two Big East showdowns that will ultimately determine whether West Virginia, Louisville or Cincinnati gets to represent the conference in the BCS where they will likely get spanked by Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. I can't wait (kidding).
Friday 2 December
MAC Championship (Detroit, MI)
Ohio vs. Northern Illinois 7:00 ESPN2
Both teams are 9-3 and neither is sniffing a BCS ranking. MAC ball.
PAC-12 Championship (Eugene, OR)
UCLA at #9 Oregon 8:00 FOX
This is the biggest embarrassment in the history of conference title games. In the inaugural version of the Pac-12 Championship a 6-6 UCLA squad, led by soon-to-be-fired Slick Rick Neuheisel, will roll into Eugene and get pantsed by a minimum of 50 points.
Saturday 3 December
CUSA Championship (Houston, TX)
Southern Miss at #6 Houston 12:00 ABC
If Houston can take care of business here they will represent the Non-AQ contingent in the BCS. I could see that turning out kind of like it did for Hawaii back in 2008.
Connecticut at Cincinnati 12:00 ESPN
This is that other Big East game that I was talking about. Whatever.
#22 Texas at #17 Baylor 3:30 ABC
Pseudo interesting but completely meaningless. I hope RGIII is able to bounce back and give Mack Brown one last reminder that he's pretty good.
SEC Championship (Atlanta, GA)
#1 LSU vs. #14 Georgia 4:00 CBS
Despite all the hotseat talk, Mark Richt and the Dawgs have snapped off 10 straight W's and find themselves as the last team standing that can potentially derail The Hat and LSU. I think LSU will take care of business here and set up a re-match with Bama in the BCS Championship Game. Regardless, hat tip to Richt for a pretty nice season.
ACC Championship Game (Charlotte, NC)
#5 Virginia Tech vs. #20 Clemson 8:00 ESPN
Clemson dealt the Hokies their only loss of the season back on October 1st in a convincing 23-3 win in Blacksburg. Had that not happened the Hokies would be sitting pretty to play LSU for the BCS title. I think Clemson takes a little revenge beatdown here but it won't matter. VT will still get relegated to the Orange Bowl to feast on the Big East Champs.
#10 Oklahoma at #3 Oklahoma State 8:00 ESPN
Lacking a true Championship Game the Big XII pushed Bedlam back a week in hopes of creating one. It sort of worked. Okie Light is still clinging to hopes of sneaking into the BCS Championship Game. Boone will have to get the W here to do it.
Big Ten Championship Game (Indianapolis, IN)
#15 Wisconsin vs. #13 Michigan State 8:00 FOX
The inaugural B1G Title game will feature a rematch of the Hail Mary game from October. I think Wiscy evens the score here.
Apologies for the lack of enthusiasm, but this slate just isn't grabbing me. I suppose I shouldn't complain. It is after all another weekend of college football! What do you all think?