November 29, 2007

SATURDAY'S GAME
MAC Championship Game, at Detroit
Miami University (6-6) vs. Central Michigan (7-5), 11 a.m., ESPN2
The buzz: Miami has to win to go to a bowl. CMU is going bowling even if it loses.
The line: Central Michigan by 3.5. | The pick: Miami 31-27.
Army (3-8) vs. Navy (7-4) in Baltimore, noon, CBS
The buzz: Midshipmen have won five in a row in this fierce rivalry, equaling the longest streak in series history.
The line: Navy by 14. | The pick: Navy 42-21.
Conference USA Championship Game, at Orlando, Fla.
Tulsa (9-3) at UCF (9-3), noon, ESPN
The buzz: UCF ripped Tulsa earlier this season in Orlando. But Tulsa beat UCF in Orlando for C-USA title in 2005. Which history will repeat?
The line: UCF by 7. | The pick: UCF 38-28.
ACC Championship Game, at Jacksonville, Fla.
Virginia Tech (10-2) vs. Boston College (10-2), 1 p.m., ABC
The buzz: BC rallied late to win at Virginia Tech in late October. Can Eagles beat the Hokies again?
The line: Virginia Tech by 5. | The pick: Virginia Tech 21-17.
Florida Atlantic (6-5) at Troy (8-3), 2 p.m., Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast
The buzz: A lot on the line: The winner gets Sun Belt title and the resultant New Orleans Bowl bid.
The line: Troy by 15.5. | The pick: Troy 31-21.
SEC Championship Game, at Atlanta
Tennessee (9-3) vs. LSU (10-2), 4 p.m., CBS
The buzz: Is LSU over its crushing loss to Arkansas from last week? If not, the Tigers could lose this, too.
The line: LSU by 7.5. | The pick: LSU 35-24.
Louisiana Tech (5-6) at Nevada (5-6), 4 p.m.
The buzz: Assuming Hawaii goes to the BCS, the winner of this one gets a bowl bid.
The line: Nevada by 8. | The pick: Nevada 27-21.
Oregon State (7-4) at Oregon (8-3), 4:30 p.m., ESPN2
The buzz: Ducks have seen once-promising season spiral out of control and Beavers would love to add to the misery in "The Civil War."
The line: OFF. | The pick: Oregon 21-20.
UCLA (6-5) at USC (9-2), 4:30 p.m., ABC
The buzz: Trojans' victory accomplishes two things. First, it's payback for last season. Second, it clinches Rose Bowl berth.
The line: USC by 20. | The pick: USC 27-3.
BYU (9-2) at San Diego State (4-7), 6:30 p.m., The mtn.
The buzz: BYU looking for second consecutive 8-0 finish in the Mountain West.
The line: BYU by 15. | The pick: BYU 38-17.
California (6-5) at Stanford (3-8), 7 p.m., Vs.
The buzz: Season has gone poorly enough for Cal, but the Golden Bears don't want it to get really bad.
The line: California by 13. | The pick: California 35-17.
North Texas (2-9) at Florida International (0-11), 7 p.m.
The buzz: Noteworthy for one thing (and one thing only): This game will be final college event in famed Orange Bowl.
The line: North Texas by 2. | The pick: North Texas 31-23.
Pittsburgh (4-7) at West Virginia (10-1), 7:45 p.m., ESPN
The buzz: Big stakes in "Backyard Brawl": A victory sends WVU to championship game.
The line: West Virginia by 28. | The pick: West Virginia 42-17.
Arizona (5-6) at Arizona State (9-2), 8 p.m., ESPN2
The buzz: Wildcats are playing for a bowl bid. Sun Devils are playing for a likely BCS bowl bid.
The line: Arizona State by 7. | The pick: Arizona State 30-24.
Big 12 Championship Game, at San Antonio
Oklahoma (10-2) vs. Missouri (11-1), 8 p.m., ABC
The buzz: OU beat Mizzou earlier this season. Stakes are a little higher this time for Mizzou.
The line: Oklahoma by 3. | The pick: Missouri 27-24.
Washington (4-8) at Hawaii (11-0), 11:30 p.m., ESPN2
The buzz: This is the last regular-season game (sob!) and it also will determine whether Hawaii gets a BCS bid.
The line: Hawaii by 14. | The pick: Hawaii 43-27.
THURSDAY'S GAME
Rutgers (7-4) at Louisville (5-6), 7:30 p.m., ESPN
The buzz: This was a huge game last season. This season? Ehhh.
The line: Louisville by 2.5. | The pick: Rutgers 31-28.
The result: Louisville, 41-38.
FRIDAY'S GAME
Fresno State (7-4) at New Mexico State (4-8), 8 p.m., ESPN2
The buzz: A victory gives Fresno State at least eight wins for the sixth time in seven seasons.
The line: Fresno State by 13.5. | The pick: Fresno State 42-26.
The result: Fresno State 30-23.
LAST WEEK:
34-13 straight up, 18-27 against the spread.
OVERALL:
562-183 straight up, 318-326-14 against the spread. (Games involving I-AA teams don't have point spreads.)

Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at mhuguenin@rivals.com.




 

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