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December 3, 2009
Primer: Expect fireworks on final weekend
It's sad but true: This is the final weekend of the regular season.
Still, in a season that hasn't exactly been all that exciting, the final weekend looks as it will provide some fireworks.
It starts Thursday night, with one of the biggest "Civil War" matchups ever. A Rose Bowl berth will be on the line when Oregon welcomes Oregon State to what promises to be a raucous Autzen Stadium.
Friday night has the MAC championship game, matching quarterback Dan LeFevour and Central Michigan against surprising Ohio University.
Saturday should be a glorious day, from start to finish. To start the day, there is the Cincinnati-Pittsburgh showdown in the Steel City for the Big East title, and the Conference USA championship game in which national passing leader Case Keenum leads his Houston team against East Carolina - which is one of the few teams in the league built around its defense.
Later in the afternoon, it's the game of the year - Alabama and Florida in the SEC championship game, with the winner becoming the favorite to win the SEC's fourth consecutive national title.
At night, there are the ACC and Big 12 championship games, with a berth in the national title game on the line for Texas in the Big 12 finale. Plus, as an added bonus, there's the late-night Hawaii-Wisconsin game from Honolulu, with a bowl berth on the line for the Warriors.
Here's a look at each game involving a FBS team this weekend, plus a quick peek at the Dec. 12 Army-Navy showdown.
Cincinnati (11-0) at Pittsburgh (9-2), noon, ABC
West Virginia (8-3) at Rutgers (8-3), noon, ESPN
Houston (10-2) at East Carolina (8-4), noon, ESPN2
Fresno State (7-4) at Illinois (3-8), 12:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
San Jose State (2-9) at Louisiana Tech (3-8), 2 p.m., Mid-Atlantic Sports Network/ESPN GamePlan
New Mexico State (3-9) at Boise State (12-0), 3 p.m., ESPN GamePlan
Arizona (7-4) at USC (8-3), 3:30 p.m., ABC
Alabama (12-0) vs. Florida (12-0), 4 p.m., CBS
California (8-3) at Washington (4-7), 6:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet California/Fox Sports Net Northwest
Florida Atlantic (4-7) at Florida International (3-8), 7 p.m., Sun Belt syndication/Comcast-Charter Sports Southeast/ESPN GamePlan
Clemson (8-4) vs. Georgia Tech (10-2), 8 p.m., ESPN
Nebraska (9-3) vs. Texas (12-0), 8 p.m., ABC
USF (7-4) at Connecticut (6-5), 8 p.m., ESPN2
Wisconsin (8-3) at Hawaii (6-6), 11:30 p.m., ESPN2
SATURDAY, DEC. 12
Army (5-6) vs. Navy (8-4) at Philadelphia, 2:30 p.m., CBS
39-9 straight up, 19-27-2 against the spread.
YEAR TO DATE
581-174 straight up, 319-332-8 against the spread.
Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.