Who's Dawggin' For Some Hokies? It's Championship Game Time!

Right, so it's the last week of the regular season, which means that in conferences across America (other than the Big XII and Big East, we're going to be playing some Championship Games.

And the VFA will be making some predictions, people.....


West Virginia at South Florida

Can West Virginia win on the road in a place they've lost two out of three? Can South Florida quarterback BJ Daniels get off the hospital bed and recusitate the Bulls, who have lost their last two and are in danger of missing out on a bowl bid? Thursday night might actually be interesting, folks! 

PREDICTION: West Virginia wins by 14.


UCLA vs Oregon (Pac-12 Championship Game)

Only a school like UCLA could fire Rick Neuheisel just before one of the biggest games in the school's recent history (albeit non-deserved after their 50-0 hammering by USC last week). They could have waited to get thrashed by Oregon, and THEN fired him. On Friday night, this isn't going to be pretty, folks. 

PREDICTION: Oregon by 50.

Ohio vs Northern Illinois (MAC Championship Game)

These two sides haven't exactly featured on the VFA this season, but after seeing the numbers for NI quarterback Chandler Harnish, we ought to have. Harnish - the second coming of Robert Griffin III- has thrown for 2,600 yards and 23 TDs for the Huskies, and run for 1,351 yards and 11 more this season for the 9-3 Huskies, who have been a lot of fun to watch. Ohio hasn't been awful this season, posting up a pretty solid defence and its own high-calibre offence, with Tyler Tettleton throwing for 2,686 yards and 26 TDs and run for 576 yards and 8 more. In short, both sides know how to score.

PREDICTION: That's why it's going to be high-scoring. The first to 50 will win. And we're going for Northern Illinois to reach that mark (just) before Ohio does.


LSU vs Georgia (SEC Championship Game)

While the VFA's Dawgs-supporting friends have been comparing the build-up to this game as walking into the corridors of hell, but can't help but think that Georgia has a chance here. First of all, LSU hasn't faced as good as quarterback as Aaron Murray all year. Murray's been improving week after week, and his excellent showing at Georgia Tech against a dangerous Jackets team gives good reason to be in heart. Running-wise, Isaiah Crowell can cause trouble for any defence (if he's fit) and Georgia's receivers are pretty good, too (TE Orson Charles and WRs Tavarres King and Malcolm Mitchell can cause problems).
But then again, this is LSU. LSU is good at playing ranked teams - they're 7-0 against them. Away games (which we count the game in Atlanta to be one of these ones!)? They are even better. If you don't believe us, think back to the road war at Alabama and the super-hostile trip to Couch Burn Central in West Virginia. Jordan Jefferson might not be the best quarterback in the league, but he's mobile and will cause Georgia's defence problems. Spencer Ware's going to simply wear them down. And if Aaron Murray tries to throw it over the top, then Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Clairborne will snap the ball up any mistake on the other side. Oh, and the defensive line eats quarterbacks for breakfast, and Aaron Murray's looking like eggs 'n' grits right now.
If Georgia is to win the game, they've got to continue being positive on every drive. For long parts of this season, they've taken the lead and tried to defend it, and looked awkward doing so (see Vanderbilt and, er, Kentucky for details). For LSU to win, they've got to continue, being LSU.

PREDICTION: LSU wins, but this game's going to be close.

Wisconsin vs Michigan State (Big Ten Championship Game)

This game was one of the most exciting games of the 2011 season in East Lansing (who DOESN'T remember THAT Hail Mary, folks), and it destroyed Wisconsin's hopes of going to a National Championship Game.
In our opinion, Wisconsin is still one of the best teams in college football. After all, it was just two Hail Mary's away from going there. Russell Wilson's been a legit Heisman QB all year long, and Montee Ball's can run the ball down your throat.
As for Michigan State, Kirk Cousins needs to be consistent, and the Michigan State defence needs to behave itself - and be very, very good (look what they did to Denard Robinson this year (the good bits and the bad bits!).

PREDICTION: Wisconsin wins - by a field goal.

Oklahoma vs Oklahoma State (De-Facto Big XII Championship Game)

Bedlam. The smell of hatred flows out of its pores. Especially between these two - who both had the chance to be in the National Championship conversation this year. After beating Florida State on the road, OU managed to shoot itself in the foot twice this season (that's why they aren't going to the National Championship Game), and after overcoming a tough road trip at Texas A&M and Texas, Oklahoma State inexplicably managed to lose at home to Iowa State (and that's why THEY aren't going to the National Championship Game). The injury to Ryan Broyles has been a killer for the Sooners, while the defence at times this year simply hasn't shown up - particularly during the end of the year. Against the Cowboys and the Brandon Weedon-led offense, the 'Sharks' are going to have to own a big bite. Justin Blackmon's a pretty good receiver, after all. Oh, and the Cowboys better watch out for the Landry Jones - Kenny Stills hook-up, too.

PREDICTION: Oklahoma State wins by 3 in a classic. 

Virginia Tech at Clemson

The last time these two teams played, Clemson won comfortably in Hokie Stadium 23-3. Since, then, Virginia Tech hasn't lost and Clemson has been its usual unpredictable self, losing the last three out of four against Georgia Tech, South Carolina and stunningly, NC State. And while Tiger fans will point out that the Tigers already had the Coastal sown up after squeaking past Wake Forest, cynics like me - who saw a lot of Clemson this year - will point out that they've been pretty mediocre since mid-October.
Virginia Tech, on the other hand - have got Logan Thomas who'll cause trouble for the Clemson 'D', as well as their own defense, which many think will easily overcome Tajh Boyd and record-setting wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

PREDICTION: Virginia Tech by 14.

Southern Miss at Houston (Conference USA Championship Game)

Houston has trashed everyone who's gotten in their way this year, and there's no real reason why we think that Southern Miss - despite owning a tidy 10-2 record and a No.24 ranking themselves - should stop Case Keenum & Co on Saturday.

PREDICTION: Houston by 21

Texas at Baylor

If there's anything that we've actually enjoyed this college football season, it's been Robert Griffin III and this Baylor team. This Baylor team has been fun to watch, starting with their stunning victory against TCU and going on and on with every week. If there's any person who's made it, it's been RGIII. Texas, on the other hand, have had their second straight season of ugly football, and we don't know what quite to say about the Longhorns except that if this keeps out, Mack Brown had better start brushing up his resume. With A&M now in the SEC, the 'Horns have some massive competition recruiting-wise, and they can't afford to make mistakes.

PREDICTION: Baylor by 10, crowning an incredible season