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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 10:36 AM
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Today's College Football Thread (Conference Championship Edition)
Todays College Football Thread (Conference Championship Game Edition)

Last night Oregon beat UCLA in the Pac 12 Championship Game and Northern Illinois beat Ohio in the MAC Championship Game. TCU has won the Mountain West championship, Louisiana Tech has won the WAC, and Arkansas State has won the Sun Belt. Today there are more conference championships on the line:

Conference USA Championship Game (noon eastern)
#24 Southern Miss at #6 Houston. If Houston wins, they get a spot in a BCS bowl.

SEC Championship Game (4 pm eastern)
#1 LSU vs. #14 Georgia in the Georgia Dome.

(De facto) Big 12 Championship Game (8 pm eastern)
#10 Oklahoma at #3 Oklahoma State. This isnt officially a conference championship game, but the winner will win the Big 12 Championship. If OSU wins, they win the conference championship outright, get their first-ever BCS Bowl, and have an outside chance at the BCS Championship Game. If Oklahoma wins, then OU and OSU (and perhaps Kansas State, if they beat Iowa State today) are co-champions at 7-2, but Oklahoma gets the BCS bid based on the head-to-head win(s).

ACC Championship Game (8 pm eastern)
#20 Clemson and #5 Virginia Tech play in Charlotte. (Clemson won the regular season game 23-3.)

Big 10 Championship Game (8:17 pm eastern)
#15 Michigan State and #13 Wisconsin play at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis. Michigan State beat Wisconsin earlier this season on a last-second hail mary pass.

Big East Championship
West Virginia and Rutgers have clinched a share of the Big East championship. If Cincinnati beats UConn today (noon eastern), they will also share the title. West Virginia would win the tiebreaker as the highest-ranked of the three teams. If Cincinnati loses to UConn, then Louisville would win the tiebreaker, having beaten West Virginia.

One other game of note: #22 Texas at #17 Baylor.

So who does your team play? What games are you looking forward to?
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 01:33 PM
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1. Northern Iowa plays Wofford (go Panthers!)
Nice they put all the games in one bunch tonite.
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Ptah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 01:45 PM
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2. Playoff games in Montana: Bears vs. Grizzlies and Wildcats vs. Bobcats!
1:04 First quarter
Cent Arkansas Bears (9-3, 6-1 Southland) 0
vs.
Montana Grizzlies (9-2, 7-1 Big Sky)         17


New Hampshire Wildcats (8-3, 6-2 CAA)
vs.
Montana St Bobcats (9-2, 7-1 Big Sky)
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Ptah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 02:49 PM
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4. Final
Cent Arkansas Bears (9-4, 6-1 Southland) 0
vs.
Montana Grizzlies (10-2, 7-1 Big Sky)       37


Go Griz!




Meanwhile in Bozeman:

New Hampshire Wildcats (8-3, 6-2 CAA) 10
vs.
Montana St Bobcats (9-2, 7-1 Big Sky) 3

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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 03:09 PM
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5. woohoo!
Good job, Grizzlies! :kick:
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Ptah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 05:13 PM
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12. Bobcats win by one. Missed PAT sank the Wildcats
New Hampshire Wildcats (8-3, 6-2 CAA) 25
vs.
Montana St Bobcats (9-2, 7-1 Big Sky) 26

Yea Cats!
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era veteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 05:23 PM
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13. Go Grizz
I love Missoula and the difference between it and other Montana towns I have been in was the University. We inherited some property years ago there and unfortunately had to sell it. The neighbors did ask us NOT to sell to Californians though. That was a first for me.
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 02:00 PM
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3. SMU 42 -- Houston 21 late in the third quarter
15 minutes and 54 seconds left to save the BCS bid ...
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 03:10 PM
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6. SMU wins
What a huge loss for Houston ...
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 03:14 PM
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7. Cincinnati beat UCONN
Congrats to West Virginia :toast:
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 04:03 PM
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8. first quarter is all Georgia
Georgia 10 -- LSU 0.

Zero first downs.
Zero completions.

The Tigers did break double digits in rushing yards, though, on the final play of the first quarter.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 04:09 PM
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9. Ruh roh . . .
Oh well, the BCS is all locked down for the SEC anyway. LSU could lose 50-0 and still go to the championship. #everygamemattersmysweetauntfanny
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 04:29 PM
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10. Well, LSU has now completed a pass ... for negative two yards
Edited on Sat Dec-03-11 04:29 PM by fishwax
They'd be better off 0-6 passing.

LSU was down by 14 against Arkansas and came back, though, so they've got plenty of time to turn it around ...

On edit: punt return for a touchdown makes it 10-7.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 05:44 PM
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14. Doesn't matter - it will still be LSU Bama in the BCS championship game
this game has no relevance other than the bragging rights.
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 06:03 PM
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16. From your mouth to god's (NCAA) ear. Roll Tide.
LSU did not have ONE first down in first half.
They're winning now, but they are supposed to.
I think Bama will whip their asses.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 06:38 PM
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18. Bama out played them in the first game
they should have (in a normal game) been up 14-0 but LSU does have a great team and D.

Miles freaked and switched QB's and it didn't really pay off. They only got 9 points.

Bama is really impressive running between the tackles. It ain't Saban's fault they missed two field goals which would have won the game. Bama was clearly the better team but they lost. Glad they get another shot. I actually like both teams.


I have to say that I am amused by the "Mad Hatter" nickname for Miles. His team has won several games over the last 3 years in spite of his dumbass decisions (timeouts if I remember correctly).
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 06:44 PM
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19. True.
And under the 'old' rules the game would have been a tie.
:shrug:
Not too sure I like the overtime rule.
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 07:06 PM
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22. Last half is all LSU. 42-10
Geaux Tigers
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 05:01 PM
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11. Zero first downs in the first half for LSU
They're only down three because of a touchdown that, based on the replay, probably shouldn't have counted.

Can they get it going in the second half?
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petronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 06:22 PM
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17. The answer to that question appears to be 'Yes'
:)

I can't believe the officials (esp. replay) missed that non-TD. Even I saw it (and I'm an LSU fan)... :shrug:
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 06:54 PM
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21. yes indeed -- LSU blew up that second half
And now a defensive touchdown to push the lead to 32. Impressive.
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 06:00 PM
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15. SO. MISS waxed Houston. woohoo
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guitar man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 06:52 PM
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20. It's Bedlam!!
Go Oklahoma State!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 07:07 PM
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23. .
BOOMER SOONER! ;)

Kickoff coming up.

I'm not exactly confident--but I'm definitely excited :bounce:
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 07:23 PM
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25. OSU looked pretty good running the ball on that first possession
That last third down play notwithstanding.

Maybe it'll be a defensive battle. :)
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guitar man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 07:33 PM
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26. Touchdown cowboys !!
I think it might just be a long night for the Sooners :evilgrin:
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 07:38 PM
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27. hmm ...
Edited on Sat Dec-03-11 07:40 PM by fishwax
I'm worried you're right ... but now the Sooners are driving ...

On edit: not driving anymore.
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 07:50 PM
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28. 10-0 now
Cowboys are controlling the line on both sides of the ball.

I'm hoping to see Oklahoma run a bit more, as 75% of our plays have been passes so far.
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guitar man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 08:09 PM
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29. Shut us down on that last drive
OU defense starting to look strong
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 08:16 PM
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30. offense still sputtering though
OSU's defense is doing a good job of reading plays and being disciplined.

Then, too, DeJuan Miller has dropped three catchable balls on third downs that would have extended drives. :banghead:
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 08:29 PM
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32. d'oh!
17-0 after OSU's defense almost scores a TD. Just when the Sooners were starting to get things working on offense, too. Nice play. Ugh. That's all I'll say for now. ;)
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 08:39 PM
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33. 24-0 OSU
Great game for the Cowboys. They're giving the voters something to think about, I think.
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guitar man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 08:49 PM
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34. Yeah we look good
It's really sweet for us OSU alums to watch em whip the Sooners :)
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 09:31 PM
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35. I imagine so
Shaping up to be your biggest win in the series since 1945. I was at OU during the John Blake years when y'all beat us in Norman by three touchdowns. This, obviously, is shaping up to be an even bigger margin.

It's tough for me to watch, but I guess it's a fitting end to the season. Taking into account the preseason expectations, the injuries, and the how/where/to whom we've lost to this year, it's the most disappointing season in my memory.

Congrats to your Cowboys. You've had a great season, and you may yet get a chance to play for more. :toast:
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 07:10 PM
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24. Baylor beats Texas
Congrats to the Bears :toast:
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Maccagirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 08:27 PM
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31. Who's watching Wisconsin-Michigan State
This sucker will go down to the last play just like the first game if it keeps going like it has been. I bleed Scarlet & Gray but this is one entertaining football game-22-21 MSU.
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