INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 03: Edwin Baker #4 of the Michigan State Spartans scores an 8-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers during the Big 10 Conference Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

College Football Saturday: Wisconsin, Okie State, Clemson Earn BCS Bids

LSU walked away from the Georgia Dome unscathed, West Virginia has likely earned a BCS trip, Southern Miss shocked Houston, Oklahoma State hammered Oklahoma, Wisconsin punched its ticket to the Rose Bowl and Clemson is BCS bound. Here's the complete Saturday schedule, and here's our conference title game coverage.

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BCS Rankings Projections, Week 15: Cancel The Rematch

Every game counts? It would appear so, if the final regular season BCS standings line up the way we've projected. We'll see when the real deal comes out at 8:15 p.m. ET, but it looks like Oklahoma State has hope. (Stay tuned here as bowl games are announced.)


Wisconsin Vs. Michigan State Final Score: Badgers Battle Back To Win Big Ten Championship Game, 42-39

The Wisconsin Badgers are the winners of the 2011 Big Ten Championship following a thrilling contest against the Michigan St. Spartans. The Badgers won, 42-39, but they had a bit of luck on their side in the final minutes of the game. The Badgers had to punt with around two minutes left in the game, and the Spartans had returned the ball to within five yards of the Badgers' end zone. That is, until a penalty flag was thrown for running into kicker. The Badgers got a first down and ran out the clock.

Go here for more Big Ten Championship Game updates and conversation.

The Badgers had opened up a 21-7 lead (on the strength of two Montee Ball touchdown runs) in the first quarter before entering halftime in a 29-21 deficit to the Spartans. In the third quarter, Russell Wilson and Kirk Cousins had dueling 40-plus yard touchdown passes for the Badgers and the Spartans, respectively.

Still, the Badgers were down, 36-28, entering the fourth quarter. But that didn't deter Russell Wilson. He found Montee Ball for a touchdown pass before failing on the two-point conversion. Michigan State added a field goal for a five-point lead. And yet Wilson and the Badgers still didn't give up. Wilson found Jeff Duckworth for a 36-yard pass that set up Montee Ball for his third touchdown run (with four total TDs in the game, Ball now has 38 total TDs in the season.

The Badgers will now head to the Rose Bowl to face the Oregon Ducks.

For more on this game, head over to Wisconsin blog Bucky's 5th Quarter and Michigan State blog The Only Colors. Visit SB Nation NCAA Football for more on Championship Weekend.


Oklahoma State Vs. Oklahoma Final Score: Cowboys Crush Sooners, 44-10, Ace Final BCS Exam

Oklahoma State let up on the gas in the fourth quarter of its Bedlam blowout of Oklahoma. No matter: the Cowboys' 44-10 romp over the Sooners in Stillwater should still do wonders for their BCS stock.

Go here for Bedlam score updates and conversation.

Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden threw for just 217 yards, ceding the spotlight to a surprisingly strong running game. Joseph Randle rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns for the Cowboys, while Jeremy Smith added 95 rushing yards and two touchdowns of his own.

But it was Oklahoma State's defense that stole the show with the opportunism that fans have come to expect and resistance to an excellent offense that came as a bit of a surprise. The Cowboys forced five turnovers in the game, and returned one fumble for a touchdown, while holding an Oklahoma offense that averages almost 550 yards per game to just 358 yards on the night.

Dominance on both sides of the ball in a rivalry game that had gone to the Sooners for the last eight years is probably very satisfying for the Cowboys. If this win vaults them over Alabama in the all-important polls prior to the final BCS rankings, it might become the most significant win in the program's history.

For more on this game, visit Oklahoma blog Crimson and Cream Machine and Oklahoma State blog Cowboys Ride for Free.


ACC Championship 2011 Final Score: Clemson Cruises Past Virginia Tech, Headed To Miami

All season long, Clemson fans have had to hear the pundits ask the same question: When will Clemson finally act like Clemson? And while the Tigers did indeed drop a few games along the way, they also secured their first ACC championship in 20 years.

The 38-10 annihilation of Virginia Tech means that the Tigers will be headed to the Orange Bowl, with West Virginia the likeliest opponent for Clemson. If they were watching Saturday night, the Mountaineers are probably aware of the challenge they face.

Click here for ACC Championship Game score updates and conversation.

After taking it easy for the last several minutes of the game, Clemson put up 456 yards of total offense, 239 through the air and 217 on the ground. Tajh Boyd (20-of-29, 239, 3 TDs) carved up Virginia Tech pretty well on the night, and Andre Ellington (20 carries, 125 yards, TD) led a ground attack that averaged 4.8 yards a carry.

Is Clemson still Clemson? If you mean the university based in upstate South Carolina, yes. If you mean the team that seems to choke every time it has a chance at glory, no. This time the Tigers had a chance, and they came through.

For more on this game, visit Virginia Tech blog Gobbler Country and Clemson blog Shakin' the Southland.


Boise State Vs. New Mexico Final Score: Kellen Moore Takes His Victory Lap

Kellen Moore threw for over 300 yards before exiting stage left in the third quarter as the Boise State Broncos manhandled the New Mexico Lobos, 45-0. Moore's services were no longer needed with the Broncos up 38-0 midway through the third quarter as he rode off into the sunset in what was likely his last home game. But before he headed to the sidelines, Moore put on one more show, completing 28-of-33 passes for 313 yards.

Moore threw for three touchdowns, spreading the weather between three different receivers in the win. Doug Martin rushed for 110 yards and two touchdown, with Drew Wright adding another touchdown on the ground. Tyler Shoemaker, Gabe Linehan and Kyle Efaw each caught touchdown passes from Moore.

The win pushed Boise State's record to 11-1 on the year, and the Broncos may still have at a BCS bid. For now, Boise State awaits its fight, wondering what could have been.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Boise State blog One Bronco Nation Under God. Here’s the complete Week 14 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.


LSU Vs. Georgia Final Score: Tigers To New Orleans By Way Of Atlanta

Imagine if the LSU Tigers had played in the first half against the Georgia Bulldogs. Despite mustering zero first downs and about a dozen offensive yards in the opening two quarters, the final score of the 2011 SEC Championship Game is 42-10 in favor of the No. 1 Tigers, who'll next play in the BCS National Championship Game.

Click here for SEC Championship Game score updates and conversation.

The only question left, which isn't even much of a question at this point: will voters decide to elevate the Oklahoma St. Cowboys over the Alabama Crimson Tide, should the Pokes secure a Bedlam victory? Probably not, but we've got a long month to wait until New Orleans.

LSU's second half involved 226 yards of offense to Georgia's handful. Five yards of rushing became 208. Morris Claiborne added a defensive touchdown, meaning each of LSU's three units scored as many touchdowns as did UGA's entire team.

Five straight SEC national titles, and likely a sixth on the way.

For more on this game, visit Georgia blog Dawg Sports and LSU blog And The Valley Shook, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills and SB Nation Atlanta.


Baylor Vs. Texas Final Score: Robert Griffin III Leads Bears To 48-24 Victory

We're pretty sure Robert Griffin III scored three more touchdowns on the way to the locker room following Baylor's 48-24 win over Texas on Saturday. A week after suffering an apparent concussion and sitting out the second half in a win over Texas Tech, Griffin was back and explosive as always. By the time it was all over, Griffin account for four of the Bears touchdown in the route.

Griffin III did it on the ground and through the air, rushing for two touchdowns and throwing for two more. He finished with 291 yards through the air, on 13-of-19 passes, and two touchdowns to just one interception. Griffin III's efforts through the air were supplemented by Terrance Ganaway's 153 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Kendall Wright and Terrance Williams each caught touchdown passes, as well.

Perhaps lost in the shuffle is the day Case McCoy had. The yardage was there -- 24-of-39 for 353 yards and three touchdowns -- but so were the mistakes. McCoy finished with four interceptions, balancing out the positives in his performance.

For more on the Longhorns, check out Texas blog Burnt Orange Nation. Bears fans should head over to Baylor blog Our Daily Bears.


Conference USA Championship 2011 Final Score: Southern Miss Ruins Everything

A good day for Southern Miss (and Michigan, TCU, and Kansas State) is a bad day for Houston (and all of Conference USA), as the Golden Eagles take the 2011 Conference USA crown. Two-touchdown underdogs coming in, the Golden Eagles mustered a 49-28 victory over the otherwise unbeaten Houston Cougars

That's UH's lowest point total of the year by more than a touchdown, by the way, and the last seven came in the closing seconds.

Case Keenum was far from his usual perfect self, throwing an end zone interception, while under harassment from Cordarro Law and friends. Austin Davis threw for 279 yards and kept chains moving with his legs, while Tracy Lampley was good for 196 total yards from scrimmage.

The loss costs Conference USA something like $11 million in BCS money and opens up a spot for those teams in the teens without a spot. Highly ranked outcasts Boise State and Houston aren't promised anything, as they failed to win their conferences. But TCU did, as did Southern Miss.

For more on this game, visit SB Nation Houston.


Clemson Vs. Virginia Tech, ACC Championship 2011 Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Clemson Tigers defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies in their first meeting this season, but currently appear to be in freefall. They meet again in the ACC Championship and the Hokies are slight favorites, but predicting a game with these sorts of circumstances surrounding it is nearly impossible. Then one remembers that, not only are these circumstances in place, but they are currently being applied to Clemson. All bets are off.

Can we make sense of this game? No, that's highly unlikely, but let's give it a shot anyway. Virginia Tech Hokies blog Gobbler Country thinks that it's likely we're going to see turnovers. Turnovers everywhere.

Expect turnovers and pressure to be the difference. Clemson has only forced two turnovers in its last four games and none in its last three. Meanwhile, Virginia Tech has committed four turnovers since its last meeting with Clemson and is +7 in those games. And as I mentioned before, Boyd has struggled the last four times with increased pressure while Clemson's front four caused hell for Logan Thomas in the first meeting.

Clemson Tigers blog Shakin The Southland acknowledges Virginia Tech's good season and right to be here, but points out that they've been less than convincing.

Va Tech scored 30 or more points five games since the Clemson game and 24 or more 6 of the last 7. The Hokies were impressive in most of the games since Clemson but did have two qty three point wins (UNC and Miami) and a four point victory at Duke. Va Tech's massacre of in-state rival Virginia last week was very impressive and I'll say that VTech took advantage of Georgia Tech's mistakes/stupidity to pull away impressively several Thursdays ago.  

Game date, time: 8 p.m. ET, Saturday, Dec. 3

Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

TV channel: ESPN/ESPN3

Spread: Virginia Tech favored by 6 1/2 points

Series history: Clemson leads 16-12-1

For more on this game, visit Virginia Tech blog Gobbler Country and Clemson blog Shakin' The Southland. Head over to SB Nation NCAA Football for more on Championship Weekend.


Wisconsin Vs. Michigan State, Big Ten Championship 2011 Game Time, TV Schedule And More

A Hail Mary was all that separated the Wisconsin Badgers and Michigan State Spartans in their first meeting at Spartan Stadium. Both teams have had their ups and downs since then, though it's mostly been good times for both teams. They meet again at a neutral site on Saturday with a trip to a BCS bowl on the line, and neutral football fans can only hope that the rematch is nearly as good as the first game.

Wisconsin Badgers blog Bucky's 5th Quarter points out that Michigan State needed a lot to go their way to win the first matchup.

[T]he Badgers suffered a blocked punt, a blocked field goal, two of quarterback Russell Wilson's three interceptions on the season, a safety and the aforementioned Hail Mary, and were still tied with the Spartans as the game clock reached the single digits. A cleaner performance away from the raucous nighttime crowd at Spartan Stadium should lead to a Wisconsin victory.    

However, Michigan State blog The Only Colors doesn't think that MSU's performance was anything close to an aberration. Wisconsin has a highly-rated pass defense, but they haven't played anyone.

Wisconsin's pass defense has been ranked tops in the Big Ten by virtue of giving up only 144.5 yards through the air per game. This is my rebuttal. Quick: What do Edward Wright-Baker, Tre Robinson, Taylor MartinezBraxton MillerCaleb TerBushRobert Marve, MarQueis Gray, Nathan Scheelhaase, and the Matt McGloin/Rob Bolden have in common? Those are the quarterbacks other than Kirk Cousins that Wisconsin's faced in conference this season. The Badger defense also faced Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish, who must be better than at least half the QBs I just listed. So even though Wisconsin might have the top pass defense in the Big Ten, the degree of difficulty in quarterbacks faced hasn't been too steep.    

Game date, time: 8:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, Dec. 3

Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

TV channel: FOX

Spread: Wisconsin favored by 10 points

Series history: Michigan State leads, 30-20

For more on this game, head over to Wisconsin blog Bucky's 5th Quarter and Michigan State blog The Only Colors. Visit SB Nation NCAA Football for more on Championship Weekend.


LSU Vs. Georgia, SEC Championship 2011 Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Regardless of what happens in the SEC Championship game, the LSU Tigers are probably going to the BCS Championship game. Unless they are well and truly embarrassed by the Georgia Bulldogs, it will be almost impossible for pollsters and the BCS computers to drop the Tigers below second spot. Georgia is hoping that LSU is a little too aware of that fact. They are double-digit underdogs, and they're going to need a spectacular performance to beat the Tigers and get to a BCS bowl.

Georgia Bulldogs blog Dawg Sports knows that a Dawgs victory is a longshot, but they believe in miracles.

It's been a while since UGA got to be Cinderalla, and I am all for taking her to the dance. Larry didn't repeat his lines, but I think, just this one time, if UGA wins, he would say, "Can you see the sugar falling from the sky?" Here's to you young Bulldogs, we believe.

LSU Tigers blog And The Valley Shook is confident of a win, but acknowledges that Georgia is going to come to play, and play hard with nothing to lose.

It goes without saying that Georgia's coming here to win a game, and it's not like they have anything to lose here. Lose, whatever, you go home 10-3, a season any fan base could (and should) be proud of, with Richt's job security settled for a while. Win, and you not only secure Georgia's 13th SEC title, but a spot in the Sugar Bowl, the undying admiration of the state of Alabama and of anybody rooting for complete chaos in the national title picture. Everything to gain, nothing to lose really.    

Game date, time: 4:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, Dec. 3

Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

TV channel: CBS

Spread: LSU favored by 10 points

Series history: LSU leads, 15-12-1

For more on this game, keep up with our 2011 SEC Championship StoryStream and SB Nation Atlanta's LSU Vs. Georgia StoryStream. Also, be sure to check out our Georgia blog Dawg Sports and LSU blog And The Valley Shook. Head over to SB Nation NCAA Football and the 2011 Conference Championship Games section for more on Championship Weekend.

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