|Saturday's College Football TV Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 30 November 2007 06:55|
MAC Championship: Miami (Ohio) (6-6) vs. Central Michigan (7-5)
At Detroit, 11 a.m. (ESPN2)
Opening Line: Central Michigan by 3 1/2.
Series Record: Miami leads 11-9-1.
Last Meeting: 2005, Central Michigan 38-37
Army (3-8) vs. Navy (7-4), Noon (CBS)
Opening Line: Navy by 14.
Series Record: Navy leads 51-49-7.
Last Meeting: 2006, Navy 26-14
This is the fourth time the Army-Navy contest will be played in Baltimore, and the first time since 2000. ... Army has not beaten Navy since a 26-17 victory in Philadelphia on Dec. 1, 2001. ... A win against Navy would give the Black Knights four wins, making it the third time since 1997 has won as many as four games in a season. ... Army has not beaten a FBS team that finished its season with a winning record since beating Akron in 2005. ... Navy has won five straight in this series. ... The Midshipmen have outscored Army 202-68 in the last five meetings. ... Navy is looking for its fifth straight Commander-In-Chief Trophy, and 13th overall. ... Navy leads the nation in rushing (357.4 yards per game).
CUSA Championship: Tulsa (9-3) at UCF (9-3), Noon (ESPN)
Opening Line: UCF by 6.
Series Record: Series tied 1-1.
Last Meeting: 2007, UCF 44-23
This game is a rematch of the Conference USA Championship game in 2005 which Tulsa won 44-27. ... Tulsa has won five in a row and is one win away from its highest win total since 1982. ... Tulsa leads the nation in total offense (548.6 yards per game), third in passing offense (369.3 yards per game), and ninth in scoring offense (40.7 points per game). ... Central Florida enters the game with a six-game winning streak, one win shy of tying the school record of 10, set in 1990. ... UCF RB Kevin Smith leads the nation in rushing (180.3 yards per game).
ACC Championship: No. 6 Virginia Tech (10-2) vs. No. 12 Boston College (10-2)
At Jacksonville, Fla., 1 p.m. (ABC)
Opening Line: Virginia Tech by 4.
Series Record: Virginia Tech leads 9-5.
Last Meeting: 2007, Boston College 14-10
This is the first neutral site meeting between the two schools. ... The Coastal Division is 0-2 against the Atlantic Division in title games. ... This is the first time since 1906 that Virginia Tech will play the same team twice in one season. ... Virginia Tech is second in the nation in scoring defense (15.4 points per game), fourth in total defense (285.3 yards per game), fourth in passing offense (97.07), and fifth in rushing (86.2 yards per game). ... Virginia Tech, the road team will wear its white road jerseys. The Hokies are 4-0 in the white jerseys this season. ... Boston College has won two in a row and three of the past four vs. the Hokies, including a 14-10 victory earlier this season. ... The Eagles are looking to win 11 games for only the second time in school history (1940, 11-0). ... The Eagles are second in the nation in rushing defense (65.6 yards per game), fourth in interceptions (20), and seventh in passing offense (331.8 yards per game).
SEC Championship: No. 5 LSU (10-2) vs. No. 14 Tennessee (9-3)
At Atlanta, 4 p.m. (CBS)
Opening Line: LSU by 7 1/2.
Series Record: Tennessee leads 20-6-3.
Last Meeting: 2006, LSU 28-24
This is the second time LSU and Tennessee will meet in the league's title game. LSU beat the Volunteers, 31-20 to claim the school's first outright title since 1986. ... LSU has won two of the last three games against Tennessee. ... LSU is 5-1 all-time in the Georgia Dome. ... LSU is 5-0, under Les Miles in games following a loss. ... The Tigers have not lost back-to-back games since the 2002 season, when LSU fell to Arkansas 21-20 to end the regular season and then dropped a 35-20 decision to Texas in the Cotton Bowl. ... LSU is third in the nation in total defense (278.9 yards per game) and pass efficiency defense (98.3). ... Tennessee is 2-0 in the SEC Championship game when it faces an opponent it did not meet in the regular season. ... Tennessee is 10-0 all-time on Dec. 1, including 9-0 vs. the SEC. ... The Volunteers lead the nation in sacks allowed (.33 per game). ... Tennessee QB Erik Ainge is 26-9 (.743) as a starter (15-4 at home, 11-4 on the road, 0-1 at neutral sites).
UCLA (6-5) at No. 8 Southern Cal (9-2), 4:30 p.m. (ABC)
Opening Line: Southern Cal by 16.
Series Record: Southern Cal leads 41-28-7.
Last Meeting: 2006, UCLA 13-9
The winner gets the Victory Bell. ... The Bruins last win in the Coliseum came in 1997, by the score of 31-24. ... UCLA has defeated three of its last four Top-10 teams. ... UCLA has outscored its conference opponents in the fourth quarter by a 91-42 margin this season. ... A win over the Bruins would earn the Trojans its 32nd Rose Bowl Berth. ... Southern Cal is 21-12-5 against unranked UCLA teams. ... The Trojans are second in the nation in total defense (267 yards per game), fourth in rushing defense (85.3 yards per game), sixth in passing defense (100.3) and scoring defense (16.7 points per game).
Oregon St. (7-4) at No. 18 Oregon (8-3), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Opening Line: OFF.
Series Record: Oregon leads 55-45-10.
Last Meeting: 2006, Oregon St. 30-28
The visiting team in the Civil War hasn't won since Oregon's 49-13 victory in Corvallis in 1996. ... Oregon State has not won in Eugene since a 15-12 victory in 1993. ... Oregon State has won a road game against a ranked opponent each of the last three seasons but has never won two true road games against nationally ranked opponents. ... The Beavers are a Pac-10 best 13-3 combined in the months of October, November and December over the last two seasons. ... Oregon State leads the nation in rushing defense (64 yards per game). ... Oregon is 25-23-4 vs. the Beavers in Eugene, and 12-6-1 vs. Oregon State at Autzen Stadium. ... The Ducks have allowed only one rushing touchdown in the last six games. ... Oregon leads the nation in tackles for loss (9.9 per game). ... Oregon is seventh in the nation in rushing offense (247.6 yards per game). ... Oregon ranks second in the Pac-10 in overall turnover margin (+0.27 per game), but is tied for last in conference play (-0.62 per game).
California (6-5) at Stanford (3-8), 7 p.m. (Versus)
Opening Line: California by 14.
Series Record: Stanford leads 54-44-11.
Last Meeting: 2006, California 26-17
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Pittsburgh (4-7) at No. 2 West Virginia (10-1), 7:45 p.m. (ESPN) Opening Line: West Virginia by 26 1/2.
Series Record: Pittsburgh leads 38-19.
Last Meeting: 2006, West Virginia 45-27
The visiting team has won 12 of the last 20 games. ... Pittsburgh is looking for its first victory at West Virginia since a 23-17 decision in 2001. ... Pittsburgh's last win over a No. 2 ranked team was on Jan. 1, 1982, when the Panthers beat Georgia 24-20 in the Sugar Bowl. ... Panthers RB LeSean McCoy is second in the Big East in rushing (107.3 yards per game) and needs only 82 yards to break the Big East freshman rushing record of 1,261, set in 1993 by Rutgers Terrell Willis. ... West Virginia has won four of five against the Panthers. ... The Mountaineers are second in the nation in rushing (310.1 yards per game) and eighth in scoring offense (41.6 points per game). ... West Virginia is 32-4 over the last 36 games, and 17-3 in the Big East in that span. ... Since 2000, the Mountaineers are 52-1 when scoring 30 or more points in a contest.
Big 12 Championship: No. 1 Missouri (11-1) vs. No. 9 Oklahoma (10-2)
At San Antonio, 8 p.m. (ABC)
Opening Line: Oklahoma by 3.
Series Record: Oklahoma leads 64-23-5.
Last Meeting: 2007, Oklahoma 41-31
Missouri's last win in the series was in 1998, a 20-6 victory in Columbia. ... A win over Oklahoma would give Missouri its first conference title since 1969. ... Missouri is 0-1 all-time as the No. 1 ranked team losing a 23-7 decision to Kansas in 1960. ... Missouri is 2-10 against Oklahoma when both teams are ranked, and 1-2 when the Tigers are the higher-ranked team. ... Missouri is fifth in the nation in total offense (507.33 yards per game), passing offense (336.83 yards per game), sixth in scoring offense (41.92 points per game) and eighth in passing efficiency (153.4). ... Missouri is 2-0 this season in neutral site games. ... Oklahoma has won five in a row and 17 of the last 18 over Missouri, including a 41-31 victory earlier this year. ... Oklahoma is 6-12-2 vs. the No. 1 ranked team, and 6-5-2 when the Sooners are also ranked. ... The last time the Sooners played the same opponent twice in one season was in 2002, when Oklahoma beat Colorado 27-11 at Norman and then 29-7 in the Big 12 Championship. ... Oklahoma is second in the nation in passing efficiency (174.31), third in scoring offense (43.6 points per game), fifth in sacks allowed (0.9 per game), seventh in rushing defense (91.4 yards per game) and 10th in scoring defense (18.3 points per game). ... Sooner coach Bob Stoops is 4-1 in the Big 12 Championship game.
Arizona (5-6) at No. 13 Arizona St. (9-2), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Opening Line: Arizona St. by 7.
Series Record: Arizona leads 44-35-1.
Last Meeting: 2006, Arizona St. 28-14
The winner gets the Territorial Championship Cup. ... Arizona is looking for its first four-game winning streak since 2000. ... This game is the first time Arizona has faced a ranked Arizona State team in Tempe, since 1997, when the Wildcats beat No. 12 Arizona State 28-16. ... Arizona has won the last four games against ranked Sun Devil teams. ... Arizona is second in the Pac-10 in passing offense (311.8 yards per game). ... The last time a ranked Sun Devil team has beaten Arizona was a 24-13 victory in Tempe, in 1981. ... Arizona State has won six of the last eight meetings between the two schools including the last two. ... The Sun Devils are second in the Pac-10 in passing defense (109.19), and third in total defense (336 yards per game).
Washington (4-8) at No. 11 Hawaii (11-0), 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Opening Line: Hawaii by 13.
Series Record: Series tied 1-1.
Last Meeting: 1973, Hawaii 10-7
Washington has not played a regular-season game so late in the year since 1939, a 9-7 loss to No. 1 Southern Cal, on Dec. 2. ... The last time, Washington played at Hawaii was on Dec. 1, 1938 in the Pineapple Bowl. ... Huskies QB Jake Locker is 90 yards away from 1,000 rushing yards on the season, marking the first time in school history two players rushed for 1,000 yards in the same season. ... Hawaii is 11-0 for the first time in school history. ... Hawaii has won 21 of its last 22 games overall. ... Hawaii leads the nation in scoring offense (48 points per game). ... Hawaii has a 12-game winning streak, longest in the nation and longest in school history.