MAC Championship Game on right now. 3-0 Ohio over Northern Illinois with about 8 minutes to go in the first. I know, exciting, right?
Perhaps on a more intriguing note, Oregon will be nerve gassing UCLA on FOX at 8 PM EST.
Has an unranked team beat a top 10 team in a championship game in the BCS era?
I can't think of any
Actually, the mumbling about Division I is that this game is Rick Neuheisel's swan song.
Gotta love Wikipedia. In 1996 (pre- BCS era), Unranked Texas beat #3 Nebraska 37-27.
And the SEC Championship game has never even featured an unranked team
You could probably hear a fart ten rows behind you. 10-0 Bobcats now, incidentally.
The MAC needs to play this game at one of the schools home venues.
Not sure how much it would really help where the average ho,e attendance has five digits, but we totally should. How much more fun would tomorrow game be in east Lansing or madison instead of a half-empty NFL stadium in the middle of Indiana? And in addition to the better atmosphere it would pro de more value to the regular season. UCLA ought to be at some disadvantage for instance in exchange for the fact that they totally blow.
....among the Huskies cheerleaders....*remembers the whole marriage thing*
Hell of a nice pan by the cameraman. Football was a great creation. However, I think that the volleyball type shorts may win in a vote for me as to best invention. Some of these smaller conference schools "bring it" in the women department. (See North Texas)
Oregon is a 32 point favorite in the inaugural Pac12 championship game. I can't remember one that bad since I watched Texas beat Colorado 70-3 in the Big12 championship in '05.
I personally couldn't believe that Longhorns team would allow even 3 points against itself.
.....believe in necessarily swarming to the ball up front. Ten yards behind the secondary is where they prefer to catch up with it.
Am I crazy for thinking that UCLA might give Oregon a game?
I must admit that this was a secret hope of mine. After all, it would make the game watchable and what else is UCLA doing right now anyway?
I think you're crazy. UCLA is pretty bad. You can play as emotional and motivated as you want, but they're still bad and Oregon is really good. Oregon will score at will against UCLA.
EDIT: Looking at UCLA's schedule, they allowed 45+ points 4 times this year. Oregon is better offensively than all of those teams, except maybe USC (who scored 50).
Sorry aquaman, this game will rival Texas-Colorado 2005 for lopsidedness (it's a word). I think the home field advantage in this game is worth 49 points...
btw, why shouldn't all conference championships be played at the home field of the conference leader? Look at the attendance in the MAC championship.
edit: there's a reason I never, Never bet on sports...
I'm not saying that UCLA will win, but 2006 USC would like to remind you not to overlook UCLA
would like to remind you that it happened 5 years ago
....at this point, yeah
Why the hell do they play this at Ford Field?
So the MAC champion is used to the building for when they play in the Pizza Bowl a few weeks down the road.
Let's go OU!! brain stompers are on me whenwe win!!!
Already, it's getting good in Eugene....
Gus Johnson giving an intro for the Pac-12 title game almost makes it sound like this will be a tight, hard fought game.
That is true... but... this intro has me terrified about what Fox is going to do with the Big Ten championship game.
Even if the PAC 12 game is a blowout, at least they have a stormtrooper in the crowd.
No comments while UCLA enters the field? Strange
....the Ducks mascot will enter "Easy Rider" style? A terrible inequity.
Trophy looks like a vagina
Sort of reminds me of an oh-too-familiar-circumstance from last year.
And with that I'll just shut my pie hole!
....of the MAC Championship Game yet.
What a brutal game so far. Especially since I am an NIU fan. Getting killed. On another note Ford Field is an awesome facility. It's very impressive. Never been here before
How the hell did they decide to play the game at Autzen Stadium? That seems incredibly unfair, or is that only for this year?
Also, anyone having audio issues with the fox broadcast?
Pac-12 decided to award the championship game to the team with the better record. I think it's a good idea; rewards the best team and gives them the best shot of being a BCS #1 or #2, and virtually guarantees a sellout and a good crowd. I doubt this game sells out if they put it in San Francisco.
I have to hand it to the new PAC12 commissioner. He has done some pretty intelligent things to increase revenue and the conferences likelihood to make a BCS Championship Game with this setup.
Totally agree. The only way these things work are as home games.
It's the same reason a 6/8/16/128 team neutral site playoff won't work for football. Having an actual home team guarantees a sellout and gives the game a better atmosphere. Imagine trying to travel to a Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and Sugar Bowl in three weeks. There aren't too many fans who can pull that off.
I believe whoever is ranked higher hosts. I could be wrong.
Did #51 on UCLA eat a whole village?
I just think it would be funny. Not happening but they fire the coach then go to the rose bowl at 7-6... That would be funny.
What if UCLA did win? Any chance Oregon could go to a BCS game after losing 3 games? That would suck for the Rose Bowl too!
And the game is over...
Nice start. fumble on 2nd play. Get ready for a ginormous blowout.
Tragically brief. Fumble.
vroom! vroom! vroom!
aaaaand game over.
Brutally short. Touchdown.
That looked too easy
Yeah, not having a safety isn't going to work.