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ChanceRaven

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ND vs Syracuse 1:00 PM EST
Forecast : Dome Conditions.
Records : ND 5-6 SU, ATS 4-7, O/U 6-4 / 'Cuse 4-6 SU, ATS 4-6, O/U 2-8
Preview : ND and the Orangemen look to finish their respective regular seasons at .500 becoming bowl-eligible, as the two square off at the Carrier Dome Saturday. After starting off to a dismal 2-6 mark this season, ND has managed to win their last 3 games. The most recent win came last weekend over Stanford by a score of 57-7 on the road. A win this Saturday would make ND the first to finish a season with 4 consecutive wins since the '92 club. Syracuse began the season going 5-3 SU, but has stumbled losing their last 3 games, scoring only 40 points in these 3 loses. Saturday's game will be just the 4th meeting between the two, but the first since the 1963.

ND's running back Jones finished the season against Stanford with 218 rushing yards and a TD, becoming ND's first player ever to go over 200 yards 3 times in the same season. Overall this season, ND is averaging 21 points per game a long with 343.2 total yards per contest. Freshman QB Quinn has struggled completing only 46.6 percent of his passes for 1,632 yards with 8 TDs and 13 INTs. Defensively the Irish are allowing 329.6 yards per game, giving up a lot of points averaging 25.2 per contest. But the D has been solid against the run giving up just 116.3 yards per game (2.9 yard per carry). ND has been good at getting to their opponent's QB racking up 36 sacks this season. The defense has also been good on takeaways 24, 14 of which were fumble recoveries.

Navy vs Army 4:00 PM EST
Note : At Philadelphia, Pa
Forecast : Cloudy and windy with winds coming from the North at 22 mph, game time temp 34 degrees with possible snow showers.
Records : Navy 7-4 SU, 8-1 ATS, O/U 5-2 / Army 0-12 SU, 6-5-1 ATS, O/U 4-5
Preview : This is one of the longest running rivalry games in CFB, as Army and Navy square-off for the 104th time Saturday. The Mids and Knights returns to the city of Philadelphia for the 77th meeting and the first at the brand new Lincoln Financial Field. Army enters the game with the nations longest losing streak at 14. The Knights went 0-6 on the road and at home, while finishing an even worse 0-8 in Conference USA. Their 14 straight losses is the longest streak in school history, surpassing the previous record of 10 set in 1973. As for Navy, they have already clinched their first winning season since 1997 earning bowl eligibility. Navy accepted a bid to the EV1.net Houston Bowl, where they will play a team to be named later.

Navy owns one of the top running games in the nation averaging 323.1 yards per game with 38 TDs, but the passing game has been weak gaining just 109.9 yards per game with just 8 TDs with 5 INTs. Navy defensively allows opponents just 21.7 per game but gives up 347.9 yards per contest. Defensively Navy has struggled against the run allowing 190.5 rushing yards per game (4.3 yards per carry).

Oregon St vs USC 4:30 PM EST
Forecast : Mostly cloudy, game time temp 60 degrees minimal wind.
Records : Oregon ST 7-4 SU, 5-5 ATS, O/U 5-3-1 / USC 10-1 SU, 9-2 ATS, O/U 9-2
Preview : This is by far the No. 2 ranked Trojans biggest game of the year as they close their season taking on the Beavers of Oregon State from the LA Coliseum. Saturday USC will be playing for an outright Pac-10 title and a possible Sugar Bowl berth. USC has already locked up a Rose Bowl berth and is trying to win its first outright Pac-10 title since 1989 and post their best overall record since 1979. USC has won 14 straight at the Coliseum, but that streak may be in jeporady facing a dangerous OSU club. The Beavers are already bowl eligible and will make an appearance in the Las Vegas Bowl. Oregon State had a bye last week and is coming off a 34-20 loss at Oregon on November 22nd. This loss broke a brief 2 game win streak over Arizona and Stanford. USC has won seven in a row and also enjoyed a bye last week. The Trojans throddled UCLA in their last game, securing at least a tie for the Pac-10 crown. The Beavers last win in this series in LA came in 1960 beating USC 14-0, but USC has won 28 of the last 29 meetings SU overall.

The Beavers have been able to move the ball effectively on the ground and through the air this season, racking up a strong 448.7 yards of total offense per game. The passing game is responsible for just over 300 of those yards (308.5). Steven Jackson junior running back has been the Beavers biggest weapon in their ground attack averaging 121.3 yards per game and has already racked up 1,334 yards this season a long with 14 TDs. Taking to the air, Beaver's QB has shined despite connecting on under 50 percent of his passes (.494), but Anderson has thrown for a big 3,251 yards and 20 TDs. Anderson has been vulnerable to throwing INTs with 19, on Saturday he can't afford to add on to this mark.

While OSU's offense has been impressive the defense has been doing their job as well. The Beavers are yielding 21.4 points per game and comes up very strong against the run. Opponents are netting just 89.2 yards per game on the ground only allowing a stellar 2.5 yards per carry. The pass defense has been good as well allowing just over 200 yards per game, with 87 TFLs, 26 sacks and 26 takeaways.

Georgia vs LSU 8:00 PM EST
Note : Time Change Note: S-e-c Championship - Georgia Dome - Atlanta, Ga
Forecast : Dome Conditions
Records : GA 10-2 SU, 7-5 ATS, O/U 3-8 / LSU 11-1 SU, 9-2 ATS, O/U 4-6
Preview : Saturday the No. 5 ranked Georgia Bulldogs will be gunning for their 2nd straight SEC title facing a strong No. 3 ranked LSU club in this SEC Title game from the Georgia Dome. The Bulldogs won the SEC Eastern Division by finishing the year with a 6-2 league mark. The LSU Tigers are returning to the SEC Title Game for the second time in three seasons, after winning the SEC title in 2001. There is still a shot at a Sugar Bowl appearance for the Tigers, but they will need help from the Beavers. LSU finished the year with a 7-1 run in the SEC Western Division and enters this game on a 6 game win streak. The team's lone loss in SEC play came in early October against Florida. These two teams have already met once this season, with LSU posting a 17-10 win at home. Georgia had won three straight prior to this year's win by LSU. Five of the last six games in this series have been decided by a combined total of 17 points.

LSU's offense ranks among the nation's best, which has been able to post almost 400 yards of offense per game this year (386.2). There has been a solid ground game helping to boost these numbers with 143.8 yards per game, and 242.4 yards per game through the air. GA's passing success comes from Junior QB David Greene, who's completed over 61% of his passes (.611), for 2,781 yards and 8 TDs. The ground game has been effective as well, with redshirt freshman Michael Cooper leading the way with 658 yards (4.5 yards per carry) and a long with 6 TDs. Freshman running back Kregg Lumpkin has also been solid with 4.9 yards per carry, with 5 TDs of his own.

Georgia's D is one of the best in the country as the Bulldogs rank 2nd in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 11.8 points per game. The Bulldogs have hungered down when opponents have entered the red zone allowing just five TDs and six field goals in 22 trips inside their own 20-yard line. Both the rush defense (90.1 yards per game) and pass defense (171.8 yards per game) have been flat out awesome, forcing 24 turnovers.

Kansas St vs Oklahoma 8:00 PM EST
Note : Big 12 Championship - Arrowhead Stadium - Kansas City, Mo
Forecast : Clear, game time temp 34 degrees.
Records : K ST 10-3 SU, 5-6 ATS, O/U 4-5 / OK 12-0 SU, 7-5 ATS, O/U 7-4
Preview : Saturday's Big 12 Championship Game showcases the No. 13 ranked Kansas State Wildcats against the No.1 Oklahoma Sooners. The Wildcats are representing the league's North Division after going 10-3 overall and 6-2 in conference play. KSU is making their 3rd appearance in the Big 12 title game and will be trying for their first championship after losing a 36-33 2OT decision against A&M in 1998, and a 27-24 loss to these same Oklahoma Sooners in the 2000. The No. 1 Sooners have won all 12 games played this season and is looking to go untoppled as the nation's best. The Sooners are hoping to become the only team in league history to win back-to-back conference championships after posting a 29-7 triumph over Colorado at Houston's Reliant Stadium last year in the title game. The Sooners hold a commanding 66-16-4 lead in the series and have won the last 3 contest SU, including the 2000 Big 12 Championship Game.

K State has one of the more stronger offenses that the Sooners will have faced this year led by QB Ell Roberson and RB Darren Sproles. The Wildcats put up an average of 37.4 points per game this season to be ranked 4th in the Big 12 and 8th nationally. Roberson doesn't have the greatest of arms but has the talent to get the job done averaging 184.0 yards per game through the air. He's thrown for 20 TDs vs 11 INTs, and has completed 54 percent of his passes. As for Sproles, he led the conference in rushing this year averaging 131.8 yards per game with better than 6 yards per carry, scoring 15 TDs. As a team, the 'Cats average a solid 459.8 total yard per game, with the ground game accounting for 234.8 of those yards (8th best in the country). K-State has been successful on 79 percent of its red-zone opportunities while converting 42 percent of its third-down tries. The team's biggest downfall this season has been turnovers with 29 giving them a -4 turnover margin to rank 5th in the conference but just 78th nationally.

Boise St vs Hawaii 11:30 PM EST
Note : Qb Jason Whieldon Probable
Forecast : Mostly Sunny clear evening, game time temp 78 degrees, wind zero.
Records : Boise ST 11-1 SU, 6-5 ATS, O/U 4-3-2 / HA 8-4 SU, 4-7 ATS, O/U 5-5
Preview : The No. 8 ranked Boise State Broncos aim for their second consecutive undefeated season in Western Athletic Conference play Saturday as they head to Aloha Stadium to close their season against the Hawaii Warriors. Boise ST is 7-0 in league play this year putting together 17 consecutive WAC wins overall and 18 straight wins at home. The team is on a 9 game win streak (3rd longest in the nation), with Nevada being the third opponent to be held to three points or less in 2003. The only setback for the Broncos came against Oregon State in the third game of the season in a 26-24 road loss. With the Humanitarian Bowl setting up at Bronco Stadium there's still a strong possibility that Boise State could again play on the blue field this season, but a win over Hawaii would give the squad more options and more exposure in a bigger bowl against a higher-ranking opponent.

As for the Warriors, they own a record of 5-2 in conference play, which has them in 4th place heading into this game against Boise ST. Hawaii has already been offered and accepted a second straight invitation to the Hawaii Bowl, meaning the Warriors will be the hometown favorite yet again. These two schools have met 4 times with the series being tied at 2-2 thanks to a 58-31 rout for the Broncos last year in Idaho. If Boise ST can down Hawaii, it will mark the first time that a team has gone undefeated in conference play in back-to-back seasons since Wyoming did it in 1987-88.

Good luck to all!
- Chance Raven
 

tomone

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ND can not go to a bowl game, no one can get that right. No bowl game for ND.
 

ChanceRaven

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My bad if incorrect info was included in my info! Only going by my resources to put together this content for all...Glad you only found one error, a lot of info here!

Anyways, hope you find the rest of info proper and it benefits all in todays CFB!

- Chance Raven
 

MSUSpartans

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tom's right.

Under an agreement with the Big East. ND qualifies for Big East bowl spots. All of those spots are taken (Miami, WV, Pitt, VT and BC)
 

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