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Howdy, football fans. The saddest part of any football season is the end, when I don't get to spend any more time with my fine audience. Of course, if you're among the ten head coaches who cleaned out their offices last week, you might have another reason to be sad. Fortunately, there is plenty of excitement to be had on the gridiron. Only a handful of teams play this week, but the games will have a major impact on who goes where in December. So let's take a look at this week's games.
Navy at Army
This game is the definitive rivalry of college football, It doesn't even seem like it should be fair. The game has yet to be played on the water, but Navy leads the series 51-49-7. Unfortunately for Army, it looks like Navy will get 52. . Beonard's Loser: Army
Virginia Tech at Boston College
The ACC title is on the line when the Hokies meet the Eagles in Jacksonville. BC were eyeing a spot in the national title game at one point, but now they'd be happy just to hold off Tech for the second time. But when the Hokies have only lost to the second-ranked teams this year, and BC is now at 11, you know how this game will end. Beonard's Loser: Boston College
Tennessee at Louisiana State
The SEC championship game looks to be just as tightly contested as you'd expect. The Vols survived a four-overtime shootout against Kentucky last week, but LSU has put their Kentucky loss behind them. They'll have to put the Arkansas loss behind them too in order to win the conference title. This will be a quality game, decided by the Tiger defense. Beonard's Loser: Tennessee
UCLA at USC
When the Bruins handed Oregon its first upset in two decades, they snapped their three-game losing streak. They'll head into Los Angeles Coliseum to try to keep Pete Carroll and his Trojans from earning a Pac-10 title. The bears havent exactly fared well against ranked opponents this season, and they won't have much to offer in Troy. Beonard's Loser: UCLA
Oregon State at Oregon
After losing their quarterback against Arizona State, Oregon showed that they are a one-trick duck. The Beavers head into Eugene looking to dam their rivals. The aquatic rodents have greatly outscored ranked opponents this year, and the home team is in a free-fall. Beonard's Loser, in an upset: Oregon
Pittsburgh at West Virginia
It doesn't matter how you start, only how you finish. This is the lesson the folks in Morgantown have learned, enjoying their first week at the top spot. They'll try to hold on to it when the Panthers stalk in on Saturday. Dave Wannstedt's team got one upset against Cincy, and would love to finish with a big upset against the Mountaineers. But the 100th Backyard Brawl will be won by the home team. Beonard's Loser: Pittsburgh
Oklahoma at Missouri
The Tigers haven't won a conferene championship since the Big Eight days, but they are 60 minutes away from fixing that. The Sooners would rather not let that happen, and nobody will be cheering them on louder than the folks in Ohio. This is definitely the biggest game of the weekend, and should be an instant classic. But a covered wagon can only provide so much protection against a jungle kitty, and it'll be the felines who come out on top. Beonard's Loser, in a close one: Oklahoma
Well, friends, I reckon that covers 2007. Thank you for taking time out each week to hang out with me. I'll see you again in a few weeks when I'll have your bowl game losers.
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