Will it be Chalk or Chaos in the Championship Games?

Mark Blaudschun

Ok. We surrender. This has been a lost season. It's time to regroup, get ready for bowl season. We are proud to say that we DID have LSU No. 1 in pre-season and we're going to ride that Tiger as far as we can.

The Games, the Picks

Pac 12 title game

Oregon vs. Utah, O/U 46

Everyone has been raving about Utah's defense--which has been good. But who have the Utes played. The best team they faced--USC--they lost. Oregon can't go to the Final Four, so this is their chance to play spoiler and get a trip to the Rose Bowl. Look for a shootout, which means we're taking the Over.

Utah 35, Oregon 28

Big 12 title game

Baylor plus 9.5 vs. Oklahoma

If OU wins, the Sooners probably go to the Final Four. If Baylor wins, a trip to the Sugar Bowl seems more likely. OU is not going to fall behind by four TDs as it did in its first meeting, but the Sooners won't run away from the Bears either. They will win, but not cover. Take Baylor and the points.O

Oklahoma 38, Baylor 34

American Athletic Conference title game

Cincinnati, plus 10 at Memphis

Beating any team in back to back weeks is tough. Beating a Cincinnati team which will be healthier than it was a week ago will be tougher. Home field edge will give Memphis an edge here, but it won't be 10 points of an advantage. Take Cincinnati and the points.

Memphis 27, Cincinnati 24

Southeastern Conference title game

LSU vs. Georgia, O/U 54.5

A Georgia win and both teams will go to the Final Four. Offense (LSU) vs. Defense (Georgia) battle. We're couinting on Georgia to slow down LSU just a bit. Take the Under.

LSU 28, Georgia 21

Atlantic Coast Conference title game

Clemson minus 28.5 vs. Virginia

Tigers are on another championship role. Virginia can put up some points but won' be able to stop Clemson either. Clemson covers.

Clemson 51, Virginia 21

Big Ten Title Game

Wisconsin vs. Ohio State, O/U 56.5

No one is stopping the Buckeyes in this rematch, which OSU won easily the first time. Weather won't aid Wisconsin (indoors). OSU rolls, but it won't be quite as bad. Take Under

Ohio State 31, Wisconsin 14

Last week: 2-4

Season to Date: 34-42


Mark Blaudschun