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December 2, 2010
Primer: Picking the season's final games
Sadly, it's the final weekend of the season. But it's also a weekend filled with good games.
There are conference title games in the ACC, Big 12, Conference USA, MAC and SEC. It's the last one for the Big 12, but the big one is the SEC game in Atlanta. Auburn and South Carolina meet in a rematch of a game Auburn won in late September, and if the Tigers win again, they will be going to the national championship game.
Not playing this week but certain to be glued to their TV sets are players, coaches and fans associated with TCU. The school moved to the Big East earlier this week, and could get another jolt of publicity if either Auburn or Oregon loses; in that scenario, TCU likely gets a title game berth.
Here's a look at all the game involving FBS teams this week; in addition, we will take a quick look at the only FBS game next week, the annual Army-Navy showdown.
Arizona State (5-6) at Arizona (7-4), 8 p.m., ESPN
MAC championship game in Detroit:
Miami of Ohio (8-4) vs. Northern Illinois (10-2), 7 p.m., ESPN2
Illinois (6-5) at Fresno State (7-4), 10:15 p.m., ESPN2
Rutgers (4-7) at West Virginia (8-3), noon, ABC
Pittsburgh (6-5) at Cincinnati (4-7), noon, ESPN
Conference USA championship game:
SMU (7-5) at UCF (9-3), noon, ESPN2
Troy (6-5) at Florida Atlantic (4-7), 2 p.m., ESPNU
Utah State (4-7) at Boise State (10-1), 3 p.m., ESPN GamePlan
Nevada (11-1) at Louisiana Tech (5-6), 3 p.m., WAC syndication
Oregon (11-0) at Oregon State (5-6), 3:30 p.m., ABC
SEC championship game in Atlanta:
Auburn (12-0) vs. South Carolina (9-3), 4 p.m., CBS
San Jose State (1-11) at Idaho (5-7), 5 p.m.
Middle Tennessee (5-6) at Florida International (6-5), 6 p.m.
Washington (5-6) at Washington State (2-9), 7 p.m., Versus
ACC championship game in Charlotte:
Florida State (9-3) vs. Virginia Tech (10-2), 7:45 p.m.
Big 12 championship game in Arlington, Texas:
Nebraska (10-2) vs. Oklahoma (10-2), 8 p.m., ABC
Connecticut (7-4) at USF (7-4), 8 p.m., ESPN2
USC (7-5) at UCLA (4-7), 10:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net
UNLV (2-10) at Hawaii (9-3), 10:30 p.m., ESPN GamePlan
SATURDAY, DEC. 11
Army (6-5) vs. Navy (8-3) in Philadelphia, 2:30 p.m., CBS
42-12 straight up, 28-22-1 against the spread.
YEAR TO DATE
529-170 straight up, 295-300-12 ATS (games involving FCS schools don't have a spread)
Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.