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Week Fifteen

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December 4     Bowling Green, OH     6:00 PM CDT     ESPN2
Miami (OH) at Bowling Green After clinching the Western Division title at home last weekend against Toledo, the Bowling Green Falcons get to remain at home for this week's MAC Championship Game. In a Thursday night battle to be televised by ESPN2, the Falcons will host the Miami (OH) Redhawks, who are representing the MAC's Eastern Division. Not only is this game a showdown between the two best teams in the conference, it is also a matchup of what are likely the top two QBs in the league. Miami (OH)'s Ben Roethlisberger leads the conference with 3,670 passing yards, just over 300 per game. He is also tied for the MAC lead with 29 touchdown tosses on the season. Josh Harris does not have the passing stats Roethlisberger does, but that is because Harris gets the job done with his feet just as good as with his arm. The Bowling Green signal-caller has thrown for more than 3,100 yards and 22 touchdowns himself this season. But unlike Roethlisber who has only rushed for three TDs this season, Harris runs for an average of 56 yards per game in addition to his passing. He has also scored 11 touchdown running, bring his TD total to 34 once you add in his receiving touchdown from last week. The Falcons have proved they can hang with the big boys this season, opening up the season with an upset at Purdue and nearly knocking off Ohio State in Columbus early in the season. Miami (OH) has lost only one game all season, their season-opener at Iowa where they fell 21-3. Since then, Roethlisberger has led the 'Hawks to eleven straight victories, including non-conference wins over Northwestern (Big Ten), Colorado State (Mountain West), and Cincinnati (CUSA). One of those wins was also over this week's opponent, Bowling Green. That game, however, was in Oxford, OH. This one will be played at BGSU's homefield. Miami's only loss was also the only game they have scored less than 33 points in; they have scored at least 41 points in all but three of their games and won their last three games by an average of 31 points. This one is a high-scoring affair, but Miami's offense and Roethlisberger are just too good. says....Miami (OH) 35 - Bowling Green 31
December 6     Atlanta, GA     7:00 PM CDT     CBS
Georgia vs LSU The SEC Championship Game is a rematch of an earlier game in Baton Rouge this season. In that contest, LSU was victorious by a score of 17-10, thanks in part to missed opportunities by Georiga's offense and special teams. This game will be played in territory a little more friendly to the Bulldogs. The UGA campus in Athens is just about 60 miles northeast of Atlanta's Georiga Dome, where the game will take place Saturday evening on CBS. The Tigers' have been the focus of much BCS talk lately. Had they not slipped up at home against Florida in early October, LSU would be playing for a shot in the national title game. Instead, the Tigers will also be scoreboard-watching on Saturday, hoping the Oregon State can knock off Southern Cal on the west coast. If that happens and LSU pulls out a win, the Tigers would move up to the second slot in the BCS standings and play for the national championship in their home state. Georgia, meanwhile, is also playing for a BCS berth, though they are out of the national title picture. That loss at LSU earlier in the season put the Dawgs at an early-season disadvantage, and an early-November loss against Florida in Jacksonville knocked Mark Richt's team out of the Sugar Bowl picture. Instead of the Big Easy, Georgia is hoping for a more "Rosey" New Year's Day in Pasadena. According to many national projections, the SEC champion may be playing in the annual Rose Bowl this season, barring LSU slipping into the number two spot in the BCS. So obviously much is on the line for both teams in Atlanta Saturday night. Along with being crowned the SEC champions (it would be UGA's second consecutive win), the team victorious in the SECCG will also set themselves up for a very nice bowl game. Without a doubt, the Tigers have been one of the nation's best teams over the past month. LSU has picked up big wins at Alabama and Mississippi as well as last weeks home win over Arkansas in November. Since their loss to Florida, UGA has also gotten the job done, finishing off their last three opponents, Auburn, Kentucky, and in-state rival Georgia Tech. Though both teams are playing well, it is LSU who comes into Atlanta with the fire and momentum...and they'll leave even happier. says....LSU 28 - Georgia 21
December 6     Kansas City, MO     7:00 PM CDT     ABC
Kansas State vs Oklahoma Though they have cleared every hurdle put before them so far this season, there is one final step still in the way of Oklahoma's road to New Orleans and the national title game. In early September, a road trip to Alabama threatened to trip up Oklahoma, but a second half fake punt help push the Sooners to victory. In October, the Red River Shootout against Texas was another shot for Mac Brown's team to put a big dent in the hope of OU, but just as they have done so often recently, the Sooners ran right over UT as if the 'Horns were merely a small bump in the long road to the Big Easy. After impressive wins over Missouri and at Colorado, in-state rival Oklahoma State came to down, on fire and looking for their third straight win over OU. The Sooners quickly put that thought to rest, out-scoring OSU by 21 in the first half and finishing the Cowboys off with a 52-9 win. The final major hurdle of the season came at Texas Tech against superb Red Raider QB B.J. Symons. Although they gave up 25 points to the Red Raider offense, their second-highest allowance of the season, the Sooners scored 54 points of their own, demolishing Texas Tech and capping off an unbeaten regular season. Led by the running of TB Darren Sproles and the work of QB Ell Roberson both on the ground and through the air, the Kansas State Wildcats have prevailed all but three of their games this year. And oddly enough for coach Bill Snyder's team, those three losses came back-to-back-to-back in mid-season to Marshall, Texas, and Oklahoma State. Since then, though, the 'Cats have run off six straight wins, the closest game being against Missouri last weekend (a 10-point win) and the average margin of victory in those six wins being 30 points. If they are to beat OU Saturday night, the Kansas State offense, defense, and special teams will have to be at its best. Even if it is, though, no one has shown yet that this year's version of the Oklahoma Sooners can be beat...and that won't chance Saturday night in Kansas City. says....Oklahoma 28 - Kansas State 17