I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Ranked(!) Northern Ilinois takes on Miami (NTM) in the MAC Championship on ESPN2 tonight. The Huskies of NIU enter at 10-2 with one of the best rushing attacks in the nation and one of the best defenses to boot. They're 17.5 point favorites tonight.
Miami is 8-4, but went 7-1 in MAC play. They aren't very good on offense, ranking 40th with 243 passing yards per game and 114th in rushing yards per game at ~96.
Over/under is ~55. Despite the wide spread, I'm not confident in either way. I'm liking the under, though.
The second game of the night is Illinois(-5) and Fresno State. We're familiar with Illinois, and Fresno State is as expected. They are a rushing heavy team, but their stats aren't very impressive. Defense is also WAC-ish.
Normally those notes on Fresno State would lead to an easy cover for an BCS-AQ team. Not the Illini. They have a habit of making this closer than it should. FSU also gets up for games like this, especially at home. Tough call.
I'll take Illinois to cover. Over/under is 58. I'll take the over. The two teams posted 105 points last season. They aren't as explosive on offense this year, but we should still see plenty of points.
I could be completely mistaken here and missing something glaringly obvious, and if that is the case I sincerely apologize to everyone, but here's what crossed my mind:
It looks like Auburn is going to beat South Carolina, propelling Bama up to the Cotton bowl and pitting Spurrier vs. Jopa in a retirement home grudge match that is sure to draw the ratings.
Blue goes to the Gator, as per the evidence Brian just wrote about.
Now, what happens in the unlikely even that Spurrier pulls off the upset against Auburn? It seems that Alabama would drop down to the Outback bowl, and I'm not too sure how many people would want to see Saban beat Penn State's ass again (admittedly, the weakest part of my logic).
It's been shown that dilithium is sexier than withering corn. The question is, does a South Carolina victory put us in the Outback bowl?
Even if that's the case. I'm still pretty sure I'm rooting for the war eagles/tigers.
Per thewolverine.com says that UM will be headed to the Gator Bowl to face off with the Tennessee Vols (6-6, 3-5). This is a good matchup!