Championship Weekend

Championship Weekend is among us, the final tickets will be punched for the College Football Playoff. This weekend is what makes college football so great. Here’s my preview for the games:

SEC Championship: Florida vs Alabama

Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide are in a familiar place, one win away from their ultimatederrick-henry-090615-getty-ftrjpg_rdyvlucn46ytzbxewpt84mu7 goal. The Florida Gators have overachieved this year, but ever since the Will Grier suspension their offense has been stagnant. No one is giving the Gators a chance in this game,eventhough their defense has been incredible. I believe Derrick Henry will have trouble throughout the first half, but break free in the second. I have a feeling Florida will keep it close, but the Tide will roll in the second half and pull away.

Prediction: Alabama 27 Florida 13

Pac 12 Championship: USC vs Stanford 

imagesIt seemed like the Pac 12 was down and out when Vernon Adams and the Ducks shocked Stanford in the Farm. If chaos breaks out the Cardinal will be in the best shape to sneak up the polls and jump into the playoff spot. USC has quietly put a nice season together and their high powered offense will give David Shaw’s defense some troubles. This will be a shootout, but Stanford will once again show that they are the best team in the Golden State.

Prediction: Stanford 38 USC 34

Big Ten Championship: Iowa vs Michigan State

The Big Ten Championship by far has the most stakes, and is a match up of two old 635821737144069337-IOW-1031-iowa-fb-vs-maryland-25school, smash mouth, classic Big 10 football teams. Iowa and Michigan State are both so well coached and they make very little mistakes. The Hawkeyes have had a dream season, the have been the Cinderella of College Football. If Sparty controls the line and gets their run game going, it will be a long day for the Hawkeyes. If Michigan State’s experienced offensive line fails to show up, and gets themselves in third and long, the Spartans are in trouble. I believe Desmond King will have a day, and the Hawkeyes will be on their way to a playoff game. I will be at the game and hope for an incredible matchup.

ACC Championship: North Carolina vs Clemson 

deshaun-watson-092714-getty-ftrjpg_17g122zxqtm1v1u5pp0uggfsd2This is the best game of the day, and probably the best quarterback matchup this year. Both Marquise Williams and Deshaun Watson have had the best seasons of their careers. UNC is the hottest team in the country, and Clemson has been persistently great this year. This will be a track meet, and I believe will come down to who has the ball last. UNC has put together a great year, but Clemson has too much talent and will somehow find a way to win this game.

Prediction: Clemson 58 North Carolina 55

Match Up of the Day

Todays Match Up of the Day is the Kansas Jayhawks against the North Carolina Tar Heels. This game is on CBS at 5:15 ET. This game is the Match Up of the Day because it is two historic teams facing each other and also Roy Williams is facing his old team. This match up is a battle of teams and a battle of coaches, one Hall of Famer and one future Hall of Famer.

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Kansas’ Keys:  Kansas came into the tournament with a lot of momentum but that might have come quickly to a halt after barely surviving against sixteenth seed Western Kentucky. What the Jayhawks need to do to win this game is establish their tempo. They cannot let the Tar Heels set the tempo in the game. Also they need to work the ball into the paint, I don’t think North Carolina’s small match up can contain Jeff Withey. It is crucial that Kansas defends the perimeter well because North Carolina is a great three point shooting team, and once they start knocking down threes the Jayhawks might be turned into the Tar Heels nice roasted bird dinner.

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Carolina’s Keys:  For North Carolina to pull of the upset they need P.J. Hairston to have a big game. He is the heart and soul of this Tar Heels team and if he doesn’t show up the Tar Heels might be sent right back to Chapel Hill. They also need James Michael McAdoo to play well. He is the only big man that they have and he has a tough task up against Jeff Withey and Perry Ellis. UNC is a lethal three point shooting team so if they even want a chance to upset the Jayhawks the need to shoot lights out.

Prediction:  This is going to be a battle for the ages. Kansas is a very talentedimages-1 copy team, but I think there is something really special about this Tar Heels team. I think that North Carolina is going to pull the monumental upset and advance to the Sweet Sixteen.