The CN Staff's Championship Week Predictions

Where the B1G can send one to the NCG. - Jonathan Daniel

Just cause the Huskers aren't in the line-up this weekend, doesn't mean you can't take our thoughts on what will go down and bet against them!

Husker Mike: The season winds down...and there’s just a handful of intriguing games this week.  (And no, Florida State vs. Duke is not intriguing…)

Aaron: I’ve caught myself looking ahead to the 2014 schedule a few times. I’m glad I’m not paying for season tickets, especially since the 80" screen I watch them on is in a nice climate-controlled environment.

Andy: You know, I find the Baylor-Texas matchup intriguing strictly from a gambling standpoint as Baylor hasn’t covered it’s only two small spreads (they’ve been favored by 17 or more in every game except the last two weeks) From a non-gambling standpoint, watching them roll Bevo like a back alley boozewad would make me happy. But I guess I’ll watch these games, too.

Cobby: YOU KNOW WHAT I FIND INTRIGUING? A TANKARD OF BOOZE SITTING IN FRONT OF ME ON SOMEONE ELSE’S DIME!!

Brian: Well, it will be interesting to see both the Bedlam game and Texas/Baylor being played, but nothing more like what will go down with SMU hosting UCF in uptown Dallas. The morning low is supposed to be 18 degrees, and SMU is going to allow EVERYONE to come to the game, regardless if you have a ticket or not. No, I’m not driving the 35 minutes plus ice covered freeways to that game, but it will be still fun to watch.

Oklahoma (+11) at Oklahoma State

Aaron: I’ve actually been back-and-forth on this game. I think OSU is due for another let-down, but I just don’t think this years Oklahoma team is up to it. Oh what the hell, Oklahoma 31, Oklahoma State 27

Andy: Oklahoma really doesn’t have a single win it can brag about this year. (Oh, blow it out your ass, Notre Dame) Okie St., meanwhile, is hitting its stride. With Pickens throwing around enough cabbage to keep top-notch talent knee-deep in Tri Delts & pharmaceuticals, Gundy is starting to make 11 wins seasons (with one inexplicable leg-pisser) a regular occurrence. Also, the "Big Game Bob" nickname is starting to become sarcastic rather than a compliment. OSU 38 Sooners 21

Cobby: WELL, ONCE AGAIN, TWO SCHOOLS IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE WILL PLAY TO BE CHAMPION OF A BUNCHA GODDAMN DIRT. HOOO-WEEE!! WELL, IT GIVES THOSE WEIRDOS SOMETHING TO DO BESIDES ROB LIQUOR STORES, SEXUALLY ASSAULT VAGRANTS & DRUNKENLY HURL OBSCENITIES TOWARD TEXAS. ORANGE OKIES 44 MAROONS 33

Husker Mike: Big Game Bob just doesn’t have the horses this year. Color Okie Orange.  Okie Lite 45, SoonDoggies 31

Jon: It’s BEDLAM! There’s nothing rational about this! It’s another word for mayhem! It’s crazy, whacky fun! Or so I’ve heard. GUNDYS 82 STOOPS 3

Brian: Oklahoma St is pretty good this year, and way better than the Sooners. Pistols Firing to the BCS.

Big Ten Championship Game
Ohio State (-5) vs. Michigan State

Aaron: I’ve had Michigan State No. 1 in our power polls since week 9. I don’t think their defense is as good as some people make it out to be, but I do think it’s sufficient enough to slow OSU down enough to get the win. Michigan State 24, Ohio State 14

Andy: Both teams’ schedules look like something you left half eaten on a plate, pushed under the couch & found 3 months later. And as much as I think Islamic terrorists have more redeeming qualities than Urban Meyer, he just has too many horses. I’m writing off that Michigan crapfest as a rivalry glitch & taking the Buckeyes, but with the Cows covering the 5. Random college in Ohio 27 Sparty 23

Cobby: WATCHING URBAN IN HIS TV POSE WITH LEGS SPREAD, HANDS ON KNEES & SQUATTING SO LOW AS TO BE UNABLE TO SEE ANYTHING OTHER THAN A WR & LEFT TACKLE’S ASS REMINDS ME WHY HE’S AT THE TOP OF MY "GUYS I WANT TO TELL IN PERSON TO EAT A DICK!!" LIST. ISN’T IT ABOUT TIME FOR HIM TO FAKE HEART TROUBLE AGAIN? MICH ST 28 OSU 24

Husker Mike: Believe me, Urbz heard the back talk from essseeeeceee territory about how Auburn and Alabama should get a rematch in Pasadena. The Bucknuts are going to be focused on this one.  tOSU 31, Sparty 23

Jon: Do you all realize how little SPARTY NOOOOOOOOO has been heard this season? That’s the key that bothers me. That and the Buckeyes can score while Sparty can’t. All those frustrated women in East Lansing. It doesn’t bode well for Michigan State. URBANSTREAK 31 SPARTY NOOOOO 24

Brian: My one question about this game is if MSU’s offense can keep up or even do better than Ohio State’s attack against that D. Can’t see them outscoring Braxton. Urban loves a streetfight, and Buckeyes will be going to Pasadena to play in the second game with the victory.

SEC Championship Game
Auburn (-2) vs. Missouri

Aaron: So I’ve picked two upsets already, I’m going to go with a third in this game. This means that if Missouri doesn’t jump Alabama after they win, the tide would back into the title game once more. Missouri 28, Auburn 21

Andy: This is the epitome of the "toss-up". Well, that & when Cobby tries throwing Tequila Sunrises on top of 4 hours of Jack & Cokes. Not pretty. But anyway, this match-up is too close to call, so I’m taking the team of destiny despite that bullshit they pulled on my Bulldogs. Besides, logic dictates that booze-swilling, screechy Misery fans end the night with their head in their hands. For dead trees, for having to endure another two years of Chizik and most of all, for Caretaker, let’s do this, Auburn. War Damn Eagle 33 Company hates Misery 30

Cobby: THERE’S A PART OF ME THAT SAYS MIZZOU DESERVES A SIGNATURE SEC WIN AFTER ALL THEY’VE GONE THROUGH OVER THE YEARS. IF I COULD FIND A WAY, I WOULD CRUSH THAT PART’S BALLS WITH REPEATED SWINGS OF A KAYAK OAR FOR SAYING SUCH UNHOLY SHIT!! AUBURN 27 MIZZOU 23

Husker Mike: Could Missouri really stake a claim for the BCS national championship?  Really? No. The Pinkel Factor simply will. Not. Abide.  Auburn 37, Mizery 34

Jon: Auburn vs Missouri and we’re supposed to believe that the SEC is some might king of all college football? Here’s a clue, SEC - MISSOURI IS IN YOUR TITLE GAME. (Seriously, if you ever want to have fun with SEC fans, just suggest that you might be their equal. Anyone might be their equal. Sasquatch is real, you know.) TEAM OF DESTINY 45 NOT TEAM OF DESTINY 41

Brian: I don’t get this season in the SEC and I don’t get how we got to this game. I mean, I get how we got to this game, but there’s no way anyone in their right mind would have predicted this. Can I cheap out and say the Tigers win? Yes?.... Guess not. Give me Missouri, cause why not??

Pac-12 Championship Game
Stanford (+3) at Arizona State

Aaron: Arizona State is a different team since they lost to Stanford earlier this year while Stanford has fallen off a bit lately. Sounds to me like the Cardinal have them right where they want them. Stanford 28, Arizona State 27

Andy: Stanford is the grinder with solid D that tries to wear you down. ASU has a more balanced, high-scoring attack and just wants to outpoint you. No logical reason why, I just get a vibe that the Sun Devils are clicking and Stanford is struggling to the finish a little. The spread tells me the bookies agree even though the Tree beat ASU by two TD’s in Palo Alto early in the season. Sun Devs 31 Stanford 23

Cobby: WELL THOUGHT-OF INSTITUTIONS WITH STERLING REPUTATIONS AND IMPECCABLE ACADEMIC STANDARDS JUST MAKE MY ASS HURT. GIVE ME A PARTY SCHOOL WITH A ENOUGH HOT BLONDES TO TURN THE QUESTION "DOES 2+2 REALLY EQUAL 4?" INTO A MONTH LONG SEMINAR ANY DAY OF THE WEEK!! ASU 27 STANFORD 14

Husker Mike: Nebraska showed how difficult it is to win a rematch in a championship game. This one is tougher, mind you, since it’s on ASU’s home field. (Which is how conference championship games should be played in the first place.)  But Stanford has been up and down this season; I think they’re up for this one.  Tree 28, Sparky 24

Jon: My daughter and Mrs CN visited Arizona State to see if daughter wanted to go to school there. Was the worst college campus visit ever. At least they got to see Phoenix in August. Frank Lloyd Wright was a deity, but he’s not playing today.  WOhoOO!!! TREE 57 SPARKLESS 14

Brian: Arizona State at home is completely different than Arizona State on the road. Just ask Lane Kiffin. Anyhow, I do think Stanford wins this game because Sparky didn’t do well up at the Farm earlier this year, and I can’t see them controlling the tempo of the game much better in this go around.

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