Professor’s Picks – Championship Week

2009 Record

Final Regular Season Record: 144-55
Last Week’s Record: 12-5

Comment: Rivalry week predictions garnered about a B, which is probably the season long grade as well. Not Dean’s List material, but solid passing marks.

Best Pick: The Egg Bowl is a prof’s favorite and Miss State came through with the upset win over Ole Miss.

Worst Pick: Rarely is being wrong on a pick more enjoyable than when the alma mater (Georgia) knocks off the arch rival (Georgia Tech).

Championship Game Picks

Since the professor truly is in final exams right now, this is a Cliff’s Notes version of Prof’s Picks for championship week. Headed to the SEC title game on Friday and Saturday and perhaps will have a special game preview posted before kickoff.

Enjoy the games!

ACC Championship (Saturday at 8:00 ET – ESPN) … Georgia Tech and Clemson face off in Tampa with the winner earning an Orange Bowl berth. Tigers outplayed Jackets in second-half of a loss earlier this season, and that familiarity with the option should help again. Professor’s Pick: Clemson

Big 12 Championship (Saturday at 8:00 ET – ABC) … Nebraska plays Texas at Cowboys Stadium and the Cornhuskers will try to deny the Longhorns a trip to the BCS title game. Colt McCoy of UT might lock up a Heisman Trophy with a big performance. Professor’s Pick: Texas

Big East Championship (Saturday at 12 Noon ET – ABC) … While not a formal league title game, unbeaten Cincinnati travels to Heinz Field for a game with Pitt that decides the Big East winner and the league’s BCS bowl bid. Will this be Brian Kelly’s last game leading the Bearcats before heading to South Bend? (Yes). Professor’s Pick: Cincinnati

Conference USA Championship (Saturday at 12 Noon ET – ESPN2) … High-scoring Houston meets solid East Carolina on the Pirates home field in Greenville (NC) where ECU tries to earn a second straight conference crown and trip to the Liberty Bowl. Tough call and good game. Professor’s Pick: Houston

Mid-American Conference Championship (Friday at 8:00 PM ET – EPSN2) … The mighty MAC determines its champion with a Friday night fight between Central Michigan and Ohio at Ford Field in Detroit. The MAC champ earns a return trip to Motown for the Little Caesar’s Bowl (formerly the Motor City). Professor’s Pick: Central Michigan

PAC-10 Championship (Thursday at 9:00 PM ET – ESPN) … Yet another informal league championship game, the Civil War between Oregon State and Oregon takes on more urgency than usual as a trip to Pasadena and the Rose Bowl awaits the victor. The game is Thursday night at Oregon. Professor’s Pick: Oregon

SEC Championship (Saturday at 4:00 ET – CBS) … For the second straight year Alabama and Florida meet at the Georgia Dome to settle the conference championship and send a team to compete for the national championship. Check back later in the week for the title game preview!

See you at kickoff!

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