It's Championship Saturday. Will there be one more day of BCS chaos? [Championship Saturday Live Thread]
Here are today's games and their significance.
(20) Duke vs. (1) Florida State - 8:00 (ABC)
Jameis Winston will not be charged for sexual assault (and note the different between "innocent" and "not enough evidence to be charged"). This likely means curtains for the Duke Cinderella, which I'm guessing would get more love if it wasn't Duke. The Seminoles are four touchdown favorites and are will play for a national championship with a win. It would be a real shock if that's not exactly what happens.
Big Ten Championship
(2) Ohio State vs. (10) Michigan State - 8:17 (FOX)
Ohio State stayed #2 after the Iron Bowl, which means they should be fine if they win tonight, especially since Michigan State will be their toughest opponent of the season. The question is can the Spartans incredible defense stop Braxton Miller and company. An upset win here is much more likely than in the ACC game.
(5) Missouri vs. (3) Auburn - 4:00 (CBS)
This game could have unbelievable ramifications, but we won't know it until late tonight. The winner of this game would certainly be next in line if Florida State or Ohio State falter. Missouri has almost been forgotten as they went 11-1 and won the SEC East in their second year in the conference. Auburn of course is coming off one of the greatest ending in college football history. One thing to note is that Missouri played only one of the giants of the SEC this year, the game they lost to South Carolina.
De Facto Big 12 Championship
(17) Oklahoma at (6) Oklahoma State - 12:00 (ABC)
There is no Big 12 title game anymore, but if Oklahoma State wins the latest edition of Bedlam, they will win the Big 12 title and a spot in the Fiesta Bowl. The Cowboys could conceivably get into the title game with a win and losses from Florida State and Ohio State. It's been a bit of a disappointing season for the Sooners, but they'd love to end it by ruining their rival's plans.
Potential De Facto Big 12 Championship
(25) Texas at (9) Baylor - 3:30 (FOX)
If Oklahoma State falters, then the winner of this game will win the Big 12. Even if Oklahoma State takes care of business, it's still a huge game for Baylor. With Northern Illinois's loss opening up a spot in the BCS, a win here will make Baylor a very attractive candidate for a big payday. A Texas win, meanwhile, would make their dilemma about the future of Mack Brown even more fascinating.
(7) Stanford at (11) Arizona State - 7:45 (ESPN)
This is the underrated game of the day. If this was the first year of the playoff, it would be huge for Stanford, as a win could get them into the playoff. Yes, they have 2 losses, but the depth and brutality of the Pac-12 this year would be a big chip in their favor. Arizona State has quietly gone 10-2 this year, and thanks to just one conference loss, gets to host this game. They won't be an easy out.
Mountain West Championship
Utah State at (23) Fresno State - 10:00 (CBS)
Oh what might have been for Fresno State. Their BCS dreams were dashed after last week's loss to San Jose State. With Northern Illinois done, the Bulldogs would be in the drivers seat for that BCS spot if they won tonight. Alas, it was not to be.
Conference USA Championship
Marshall at Rice - 12:00 (ESPN2)
The least meaningful championship game today, but props to Rice for getting there.
The Rest of the Today's Games
(16) UCF at SMU - 12:00 (ESPN) - UCF has clinched the BCS berth. SMU is playing to get bowl eligible.
Memphis at Connecticut - 1:00 (ESPN3) - Woof.
South Florida at Rutgers - 7:30 (ESPN2) - Rutgers is also playing to get bowl eligible, and to break a three game losing streak.
LA-Lafayette at South Alabama - 8:00 (ESPN3) - The Ragin' Cajuns win the Sun Belt conference with a win.
Q it up here throughout Championship Saturday. Are you rooting for status quo, or yet more madness?