Nebraska-Oklahoma is one of the oldest rivalries in college football. This will be the last time the two meet as conference foes. Bob Stoops has owned the Big 12. He’s shooting for his seventh conference win in 12 years, but the up and coming Cornhuskers will want to deliver a parting shot as they depart for greener pastures. Much greener.
The teams cancel each other out. Oklahoma has a one-dimensional passing attack. Nebraska is arguably the nation’s best pass defense. Oklahoma’s defense has been suspect at times. Without a healthy Taylor Martinez, Nebraska should struggle to move the ball. This should be close and low scoring, by Big 12 standards. I won’t man up and offer a prediction.
Florida State vs. Virginia Tech should be the better game to watch. A Hokie win would be a gratifying finish to a remarkable 11-game turnaround led by the seniors. Yes, playoff critics, condemning this team to irrelevance in mid-September was infinitely preferable to watching them roll into Autzen or Jordan-Hare on a mission in the first round of a playoff.
A win would also be “crucial” for Florida State. The Seminoles finally have some stability sans the annual Bobby Bowden speculation. They are the only Florida program on an upswing. Recruits are flocking.
I’ll give a Beamerball edge to Virginia Tech. They have the confidence of an 11-game win streak but retain the chip from losing to James Madison. They are first in the country in turnover margin, and have created 13 over their last 3 games. Also, Ponder is not starting.
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