Originally written November 30, 2012 on Beyond the Combine:
A busy weekend of championship action gets under way Friday evening with a pair of intriguing matchups, including a rematch between No. 16 UCLA and No. 8 Stanford for the PAC-12 title at Palo Alto. The two schools will play for the second time in just six days after the Cardinal beat the Bruins in the regular season finale 35-17 last Saturday, earning a spot in the conference championship in the process, while also eliminating Oregon. Rain could be a factor in the game, with stormy weather forecast, although the field at Stanford Stadium is expected to hold up well after it was redone during the offseason because of problems with the surface a a year ago. Game time is set for 8 p.m. Eastern time on Fox. Also in action tonight, No. 17 Kent State is hopeful of BCS inclusion providing the Golden Flashes can get past conference rivals No. 21 Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship. With a victory over Northern Illinois and a little help from at least one of the teams above them in the BCS standings, Kent State could be on track for an unlikely place in one of the BCS games. BCS rules mandate that if the MAC champion finishes in the the top-16 and ahead of one of the automatic conference champions, they would earn the right to play in a BCS game at the expense of an at-large teams from one of the bigger conferences. Game time is set for 7 p.m. Eastern on ESPN 2. In other matchups Saturday, No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia will play for the SEC championship and a place in the BCS Championship against Notre Dame on Jan. 7, while No. 6 Kansas State and No. 18 Texas will play for the Big 12 Championship, and No. 13 Florida State will play Georgia Tech for the ACC crown. No. 12 Nebraska will also play Wisconsin for the Big 10 Championship and a place in the Rose Bowl against either UCLA or Stanford.
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