It’s my favorite time of year, Conference Championship Week. The PAC 12. ACC. B1G Ten and SEC will all crown champions this week. As for the Big East and Big XII, they do not have enough teams to play a championship game.
These games will have a major impact in who plays for a national title, as well as shaping out the remainder of the BCS Bowls. As I do every week, I make The Fearless Five: Bold predictions for this weekend in sports.
1) Stanford will beat UCLA for the second strait week: For those who are accusing Bruins head coach Jim Mora of “throwing” last weeks game against Stanford, get that thought out of your head. Jim Morea is the type of coach who wants to win every game he is involved in. The FACT is, Mora’s UCLA team was bullied by the bigger, stronger Stanford Cardinal. What Jim Mora has already accomplished in his first season as head coach in Westwood is impressive, but his Bruins are no match for David Shaw and his physical Stanford team. The Cardinal was the only team this year to hand a loss to Oregon, and it was no fluke. They play solid football in all three phases of the game
Stanford Cardinal24 UCLA Bruins14
2) Florida State will get to the Orange Bowl after destroying Georgia Tech: The ‘Noles are mad after a beatdown courtesy of rival Florida. Head coach Jimbo Fisher should have his guys ready for battle against a less than stellar Georgia Tech team. I really don’t think there is much to analyze in this game. The two teams are on different ends of the college football spectrum.
Florida State Seminoles 35 Georgia Tech Yellowjackets 17
3) Kansas State will take down Texas and pop a bag of Tostito’s: Bill Snyder is one hell of a football coach, and as much as I have bashed the Wildcats this season, they are by far the best team in The Big XII. Texas, on the other hand, is only the third best team in their state. TCU made a statement with their big win over the Longhorns last week, and so will Collin Klein and K State on Saturday. Look for the Senior to make one last case for Heisman considerations, and Kansas State to send Texas coach Mack Brown a farewell beating.
Kansas State Wildcats 45 Texas 21
4) Nebraska will win it’s first B1G Ten Championship and their first trip to The Rose Bowl since the Frank Solich Era: Nebraska has won six strait games since giving up over 60 points to Ohio State back in October. They may not be the smoothest team in collegge football, but these Cornhuskers have learned how to win tough, physical games. Wisconsin is limping into the game, only playing in it because of post season bans for both Ohio State and Penn State. While the Badgers seem to have found their running game, they will be facing a Blackshirt defense that has improved as the season has moved along. It all comes down to a Husker offense that will be able to outscore Wisconsin.
Nebraska Cornhuskers 21 Wisconsin Badgers 17
5) Alabama will be headed back to the BCS Championship: Georgia is a good football team. They are a legitimate top 5 team that is capable of winning a national title. Their head coach, Mark Richt might be one of the most underappreciated coaches in the nation. It was not long ago that those in Dawg Nation were calling for Richt to be fired. It’s a good thing they didn’t. His Bulldogs will not be able to pound the rock as much as they will need to against Alabama. The Crimson Tide knows how to win these games. Nick Saben knows how to win championships. He has done it three times already. He will be playing for his fourth against Notre Dame.
Alabama Crimson Tide 34 Georgia 34