Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/28/12
Here they are, kids. The last picks for the regular season.But don't you cry, because much like Frosty the Snowman, they'll be back again someday, specifically for the bowl season.Let's get started...Last week: 6-4Overall: 58-72Louisville @ Rutgers (-3), November 29:We begin on Thursday night in Jersey, where the Big East's BCS berth is on the line. Maybe. Probably. The Scarlet Knights will in fact win that berth for themselves with a win here at home against the once heavy favorite to win the conference, the Cardinals.But Louisville has gone on a bit of a cold streak lately, and that has not only allowed Rutgers back into the race, but UConn and idle Syracuse, as well, thanks to both of these teams losing a week ago and the 'Cuse handing Louisville their first loss the week before that.Don't ask me to explain how they'll decide the various tiebreakers if Louisville wins here. Trust me. We'll both be better off for it. Whoever wins the Big East is likely headed to the Orange Bowl, unless the MAC steals a BCS bid. I'll take Rutgers to cover at home for their first BCS berth here.MAC Championship: Northern Illinois (-6) vs. Kent State @ Detroit, November 30: In Detroit, the Huskies and Golden Flashes, both surprises at 11-1 in the regular season, battle it out in Detroit in what could go down as the most important game in MAC history. That's because with Kent State currently sitting at No. 17 in the BCS, a win here combined with 16th-ranked UCLA losing in the Pac-12 title game going on opposite this one, would likely put them into the top 16 of the BCS, and therefore into a BCS game, which would be the conference's first.But I don't look for the Huskies, who have never won the MAC themselves, to be in a partying mood, which is the unfortunate thing for Kent State fans, or college football fans in general, really. All things being equal, and on a neutral site, they're as close to that as humanly possible, I'll take Northern Illinois to cover and hope I'm wrong.Pac-12 Championship: UCLA @ Stanford (-8.5), November 30:In Palo Alto, the Bruins and Cardinal meet for the second time in six days, this time with the Pac-12 title and a trip to the Rose Bowl at stake. The biggest news to come out of this game this year is probably that it's not USC and Oregon, since they seemed to be anointed to it from the start of the season. With this game being on Stanford's home turf, as opposed to UCLA's where Stanford won a week ago 35-17, I don't expect things to change a whole lot here.With the possible exception of their loss to Oregon State, which isn't exactly a bad one, the Cardinal have proven to be the most consistent team in the conference all year. I don't expect that to change with a conference title game on their home field. I'll take Stanford to cover here and advance to the Rose Bowl, where they will play the winner of the Big Ten title game.Conference USA Championship: Central Florida @ Tulsa (-2), December 1:In Tulsa, the Golden Knights and Golden Hurricane will decide the Conference USA title, and it will be...golden. Sorry. Couldn't resist. While this might not seem like a big game, in comparison to other games this weekend, it's always big when a conference title is at stake, and the winner does get to go to the Liberty Bowl, which is still a pretty big bowl game in the eyes of many.As always with these on-campus title games, I'm going to make things a lot easier on everybody and go with the home team here, since I can't really confess to knowing much about either of these teams, anyway. And yes. That is a cop out. Give me Tulsa to cover at home.Oklahoma (-6.5) @ TCU, December 1:With the general consensus being that nine out of ten BCS bowl bids are accounted for, the tenth should be decided here in Fort Worth when the Sooners and Horned Frogs meet. OU, of course, might have more than an at-large bid to play for, but they'll have no way of knowing that during this game, as the only way they can win the Big 12 is to win here and have Texas beat Kansas State later in the day.TCU has the chance to deliver an eight-win season in their first season in the Big 12, despite what has been an injury-plagued and at times downright tumultuous year, but even though they are coming off a big Thanksgiving night win in Austin, they have yet to record their first Big 12 win in Fort Worth, having lost to Iowa State, Texas Tech (in three overtimes), and Kansas State previously. I don't see then getting one this week, either. I like OU to cover here.Cincinnati (-5) @ Connecticut, December 1:As mentioned previously, there is a way that the Huskies, thanks to beating Louisville a week ago, can not only get a share of the Big East title, but actually claim the conference's BCS berth, as well, but I'm going to spare everyone the details of that particular nonsense. The Bearcats, who themselves were a factor in the Big East race for awhile this season before going off the rails, will try and beat the Huskies on the field and ruin any chance they might have had to claim their piece of the Big East pie.This really means nothing in the long run, and I mean no disrespect to any UConn fans out there (all two of you), but the legitimacy of the Big East can be summed up in this sentence: if UConn gets the BCS berth, it'll be their second. UConn could be a two-time BCS participant. Thanks for that, Big East. I'll take Cincinnati to cover here.SEC Championship: Alabama (-7) vs. Georgia @ Atlanta, December 1:Despite being in the heart of SEC country, the best place to watch this game in a bar somewhere is probably not going to be Tuscaloosa, Alabama or Athens, Georgia. Nope, the best place to watch this game in a bar is South Bend, Indiana. That's because the winner of this SEC championship/national semifinal moves on to Miami to face the Irish in the BCS title game on January 7.If Bama wins, they'll be playing for a third national title in four years, which seems like something that would be unimaginable, but since Saban made that deal with the devil and all, not so much anymore. But don't sleep on the Bulldogs here. I know most people already have the Crimson Tide in the title game, but I think Georgia just might pull this one off. Let's face it: despite the aura of invincibility people give them, Bama is just a mere mortal these days. Give me UGA to pull the upset here.Texas @ Kansas State (-11.5), December 1:So, I saw a UT backer on twitter refer to Texas as the most irrelevant 8-win team in the country while they were busy losing their Turkey Day stuffing and everything else at the hands of TCU last week, and I have to admit that's true. Now with the announcement of Case McCoy getting the start in this one instead of the "injured" David Ash, the 'Horns once again deal with a needless distraction perpetrated on them by their own head coach. Not that it's going to make much of a difference in this one, of course.K-State has had two weeks to stew about their embarrassing loss to Baylor that cost them the chance to play for the national title (and cost Colin Klein the Heisman), and with a chance to salvage all they've lost by returning home and clinching at least a Fiesta Bowl bid, I think they get it done here. Give me Kansas State to cover here and win the Big 12.ACC Championship: Florida State (-14) vs. Georgia Tech @ Charlotte, December 1:In Charlotte, the Seminoles and Yellow Jackets get together to decide the ACC title and a berth in the Orange Bowl. While the Seminoles are coming off what would have to be considered a stinging home loss to Florida, but they're obviously in far better shape than the Jackets, who were run right out of Athens by Georgia, and are in fact only here because of Miami's self-imposed postseason ban.All that should add up to big things for the Seminoles, who still harbored faint national title hopes until a week ago. That this is the largest line of any game that is on the board this weekend says a lot about the rest of the ACC these days. Give me Florida State to cover here.Big Ten Championship: Nebraska (-3) vs. Wisconsin @ Indianapolis, December 1:In Indy, the Cornhuskers and Badgers meet for the Big Ten's berth in the Rose Bowl. It says a lot for the current state of the college football hierarchy that Nebraska has actually played in a Rose Bowl (in 2001), and for a national title (also in 2001), since the last time they won a CONFERENCE title, which was in 1999.But now they have the chance to win the Big Ten in only their second year in the conference, and win the right to play a Pac-12 team in the Rose Bowl for the first time, as they played Miami for the national title in that 2001 game.All of the stuff I just mentioned also says a lot for the hard times Nebraska has fallen on lately, as well, but this game can also serve as the rebirth of the program in a lot of ways. Give me Nebraska to cover and head to the Rose Bowl.And so concludes the regular season. Look for the first half of the bowl picks (all the ones before New Year's Day), to be up in about two weeks or so.This article is strictly intended for entertainment purposes.   
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