The Saturday Viewer's Guide fills you in on what to watch, when to watch and where to watch every Saturday during the college football season.
It's the final Saturday of the regular season with multiple games, and though there aren't a lot of options this week, the quality outweighs the quantity. The SEC, Big Ten and ACC are all playing their conference championships, and while there's no championship game in the Big 12 anymore, the Big 12 title will be settled as well.
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Bob Stoops has never gone longer than two seasons without winning a Big 12 title since coming to Oklahoma. In order to win the Big 12 outright the Sooners need to beat TCU and then root for Texas -- which should feel totally natural -- to beat Kansas State on Saturday night.
While this game doesn't have BCS or conference title ramifications, it's an important game for both schools as they try to jockey for Big 12 bowl position. Of course, that's not really the reason to watch this game. The reason to watch this game is that Vegas currently has the over/under set at 87 points. That's the highest total for any game, ever.
I don't think it's in the official Conference USA rules that the winner of this game gets a spot in the Big East, but if it was then Central Florida wouldn't have much motivation. It already has that invite. So I guess the winner of this game will just have to settle for being Conference USA champion.
Nicholls State at #16 Oregon State -- Pac-12 Network, 2:30 p.m.
You don't actually want to watch this game. I'm only including it here because I want to know what would have happened if Oregon State had won the Pac-12 North and played in Friday night's Pac-12 Championship Game. Would this game have just been cancelled or postponed to next week?
Winning this game would do a couple things for Boise State. First of all it would move the Broncos into a three-way tie for first in the Mountain West. However, what the Broncos will be looking even closer at is how this win affects their BCS standing. Boise State is currently No. 20 in the BCS, which isn't high enough to earn it a BCS bowl berth.
How light is the schedule this week? The two national afternoon games on ABC feature Boise State, Nevada, Cincinnati and Connecticut. Which I think are all teams in the Big East, will be joining the Big East, want to join the Big East and want to leave the Big East. Not in any particular order.
Yes, this is the afternoon game you will want to be watching. As is seeming to become a tradition, the SEC Championship will serve as a semifinal for the BCS Championship Game. The winner heads to Miami to take on Notre Dame with a chance to become the conference's seventh straight national champion. So this game is somewhat important.
"Boy, I sure hope the SEC title game is over in time to allow me to see the start of this game," said nobody in their right mind.
As I went over earlier, this game is very important in the Big 12. If Kansas State wins it clinches the Big 12 and a BCS bowl berth. Which is a big deal for Kansas State, because as we saw last season when the Sugar Bowl took Michigan and Virginia Tech, a 10-2 Kansas State team is no lock for a BCS berth.
I'm not sure how many fans will be in the stands for this game, but I can assure you there will be a lot of Florida State fans in the press box. They'll be the Orange Bowl representatives who really don't want to try and sell an Orange Bowl between 7-6 Georgia Tech and Louisville.
Wisconsin did not have a very good season, finishing the year at 7-5 and third in the Big Ten's Leaders Division. However, thanks to Ohio State's and Penn State's NCAA problems, the Badgers still have a shot at their third straight Rose Bowl berth. Then there's Nebraska, which is looking to win its first Big Ten title in only its second season in the conference.