Friday, December 5, 2008

Fan's Weekend Guide - Week Fifteen

The Conference Title is on the Line Part I…
Ball St. Versus Buffalo (December 5, 8:00, ESPN2):
Winners of the West Division, the Cardinals completed a perfect regular season last week and now they look to finish the job by winning their first MAC title since 1996. Standing in their way at Ford Field will be the East Division Champion Bills, who are looking to claim their first ever MAC Championship. Leading Ball St. is strong-armed signal caller Nate Davis (3,095 yards, 25 touchdowns, six interceptions), while MiQuale Lewis (1,570 yards, 20 touchdowns) has made the Cardinals’ offense more balanced this season. Buffalo counters with the combination of Drew Willy (2,885 yards, 22 touchdowns, five interceptions) and James Starks (1,226 yards, 14 touchdowns).

The Conference Title is on the Line Part II…
East Carolina Versus Tulsa (December 6, 12:00, ESPN2):
Tulsa has the most balanced offense in Conference USA behind David Johnson (3,671 yards, 42 touchdowns, 13 interceptions) and Tarrion Adams (1,196 yards, nine touchdowns). ECU has the best defense in the conference led by defensive end C.J. Wilson who topped C-USA with 17 tackles for loss, nine of which were sacks.

The Conference Title is on the Line Part III…
Boston College Versus Virginia Tech (December 6, 1:00, ABC):
Can you say rematch? A year ago Virginia Tech avenged their regular season loss by taking the ACC Championship – can they do it again? If you haven’t seen these schools play this year, they are far different teams. Matt Ryan has moved on to the NFL and the Hokies lost six of their top nine tacklers from a year ago. Impact freshmen include BC’s Dominique Davis (two touchdown passes in first start to clinch Atlantic Division), Montel Harris (798 yards) and Josh Haden (439 yards). Darren Evans (998 yards) leads Tech in rushing, Jarrett Boykin (407 yards) in receiving.

The Conference Title is on the Line Part IV… Oklahoma Plays Missouri (December 6, 8:00, ABC): There is no debating this – the winner of this game will be the Big 12 Conference Champ and if it’s the Sooners, they will advance to play the SEC Champ in the BCS Championship game. The Oklahoma offense has been nearly unstoppable. Whether it’s Sam Bradford (4,080 yards, 46 touchdowns, six interceptions) connecting with tight end Jermaine Gresham (50 receptions, 806 yards, 12 touchdowns) or handing off to one of his stellar backs – DeMarco Murray (1,002, 14 touchdowns) or Chris Brown (988, 17 touchdowns) – it’s a “pick your poison” scenario for the opposition. Mizzou has defenders in William Moore, Sean Weatherspoon and Ziggy Hood, but their best defense will be a good offense. Chase Daniel is completing a career high 75.1 percent of his passes, with his 34 touchdown passes also setting a new mark. He will look for wide out Jeremy Maclin (88 receptions, 1,175 yards, 11 touchdowns) and tight end Chase Coffman (79 receptions, 872 yards, nine touchdowns) to help him keep the Sooners’ offense off the field.