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The conference championship games are here and that can only mean one thing - we’re getting fucking inundated with Christmas shit at every corner of our lives.
At work I deal with all the prep revolving around the annual Christmas party. At home I have to deal with friends Christmas parties that do and don’t make the cut. With family, I have to figure out a plan to see everyone for that magical amount of time that isn’t insulting to them nor revolting to me. Even my volunteer organization just hosted a holiday-themed Open House.
Not sure what you do to drown it out (and if you’re one of those people actually revelling in it, go fuck yourself with a tinsel-covered stick), but I just tend to drink it away.
That’s not an issue at the company party, where there’s an open bar and an extremely leggy new secretary (Must channel my inner Don Draper… close the deal, T-Roc!) Not an issue with my friends, either - they’re all lushes like me. It’s an issue at home though - it’s a no-booze house, so here’s hoping the bowl games from December 23-28 are especially exciting.
Anyway, I hope you’re all able to enjoy December in spite of the Santa-fication of it all. Here’s to a Saturday of great football and not buying anything. Winning some bets would be nice, too.
West Virginia at Rutgers, noon ET: Rutgers -1 ½
West Virginia has flat out lost its last two road games and while the Mountaineers’ effort in Cincinnati was enough to cover the spread as a road dog, I don’t dig ‘em getting only 1 ½ points.
Other than shitting the bed in Syracuse two weeks ago, Rutgers has been really impressive in recent weeks. The Scarlet Knights also lead the nation in turnover margin, one of those stats I absolutely adore in the late-season when it comes to underrated home sides.
Houston at East Carolina, noon ET: Under 68
The stats are ridiculous no matter how you run ‘em - Houston led the nation in total offence every which way and averaged more than 600 yards per game in C-USA play.
ECU lost only one conference game, however, and that 28-21 setback to SMU was the only time the Pirates allowed more than 21 points against a C-USA school. Skip Holtz’s boys have the ability to prevent yet another C-USA shootout, especially at home.
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, noon p.m. ET: Pitt +2
Cincy has that lovely goose egg in the “L” column but the Bearcats’ last three games haven’t been overly convincing displays. If this is the first week of October, I’m all over Cincinnati laying less than a field goal. But it’s December and the game’s in Pittsburgh, where the Panthers haven’t dropped a game this year.
Pitt hasn’t fizzled as in past Dave Wannstedt campaigns and look good as a home dog this weekend.
Florida vs. Alabama, 4 p.m. ET: Under 41
Think about last year’s SEC title clash and how much different it would’ve been without Percy Harvin. The Gators’ offense has lacked dynamism this season and it should show on Saturday.
That said, I don’t like Bama’s chances of lighting up Florida’s defence, even without Carlos Dunlap. The Georgia Dome surface will play up the Gators’ defensive speed, as if that unit needed more help.
Georgia Tech vs. Clemson, 8 p.m. ET: Georgia Tech +1
This winner-hits-the-Orange Bowl matchup was set in stone prior to last week, but man, did it ever lose some lustre with both the Yellow Jackets’ and Tigers’ stinkers last weekend.
Tech’s defence made Georgia’s ground game look like Army’s in the mid-1940s last weekend, but I’ll back the Ramblin’ Wreck one last time this year. Don’t let me down, Josh Nesbitt!
Texas vs. Nebraska, 8 p.m. ET:
I don’t expect Texas to lose on Saturday, but I also don’t expect the ‘Horns to run rampant over one of the country’s better defences.
Nebraska’s offense has plenty of question marks but the ‘Huskers have nothing to lose and have the defensive studs to scare the shit out of Texas backers.
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