Posted November 30, 2012

Saturday Superlatives: Championship weekend alternative viewing guide

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There are 11 conference races in FBS football, and heading into what will be their final Saturday of the regular season, only one — the WAC — has already crowned its champion. In every other league, and even among the independents where Army and Navy don’t play until next week, there’s at least a little room for movement at the top, if not an outright battle for the conference title. (For more in-depth preview content of this weekend’s SEC title game and other contests, visit Andy Staples’ Walkthrough.)

Georgia has a big game coming up. Of course there’s a song.

Actual Conference Championship Games, Actually

Central Florida at Tulsa, 12:00 p.m. ET. In keeping with our tiebreaking theme, this game will serve as a best-of-three supremacy determiner: The Knights and Golden Hurricane are 1-1 all-time against each other when playing for the C-USA championship.

Alabama vs. Georgia, 4:00 p.m. How many bowl scouts from games that can’t possibly hope to take Alabama or Georgia d’you reckon were awarded press credentials for this?

Nebraska vs. Wisconsin, 8:00 p.m. If you like conference championship games featuring fewer than two division champs, this is the contest for you. Ohio State will celebrate its 12-0 regular season next Friday.

• Florida State vs. Georgia Tech, 8:00 p.m. It is technically still possible for a 6-6 team to receive a BCS bowl bid, at which point it would be a 7-6 team, which makes it all better, right? The majesty of the BCS!

Ceci N’est Pas Un Conference Championship Game

Middle Tennessee State at Arkansas State, 3:00 p.m. The Sun Belt doesn’t play a championship game, but its top two teams happen to have scheduled each other in the final week of the regular season. The universe provides.

• Texas at Kansas State, 8:00 p.m. Recommended read: This post by David Ubben on the omnipresence of the Sooners and Longhorns when it comes to the Big 12 title game.

Potential Conference Detangler

• Boise State at Nevada, 3:30 p.m. A Broncos loss would help unsnarl the three-way deadlock atop the Mountain West, but don’t get too hand-wringy over it, since the MWC’s bowl partners can pretty much do whatever.

Potential Conference Re-Tangler

• Cincinnati at UConn, 3:30 p.m. A Bearcats win here would create the elusive four-way tie for first place in the Big East.

Misc.

• Oklahoma State at Baylor, noon. Pointiest potential pointsplosion of the week.

• Kansas at West Virginia, 2:30 p.m. Grisliest potential blowout?

• Nicholls State at Oregon State, 2:30 p.m. Weird season coda with a game forced into December by Hurricane Isaac in Week 1.

• South Alabama at Hawaii, 11:00 p.m. Proof positive of a sovereign and benevolent football god, somewhere, who wants nothing more than to lull us all out of the season with a little late-night island ball.

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