#1 Ohio State (12-1) vs. #4 West Virginia (11-2)
Saturday, 1:00 ET
I really like what the Joker has to say about this matchup. You know, the whole car thing. I couldn't have put it better myself. I don't buy the flashy Mountaineers, who lost to a far inferior team that the Buckeyes went down to. In fact, I think there should be a new rule in college football. If you're a BCS conference team, and you lose to Dave Wannstedt, you should be demoted to Division III for at least 20 years. No questions asked.
Ohio State 27, West Virginia 10.
The Joker's Take:
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This one is easy. West Virginia has been and probably almost always will be a flashy sports car that looks good and has a sweet badge, with performance to boot. Unfortunately, with that comes broken parts, blown transmissions, and good parts here and there assembled onto a ho-hum foundation.
So let's compare it to, say, a Volvo. Most people are indifferent to Volvo except moms and dads who like sweater vests. Ahhh, I see where he's going with this!
I mean, Volvo is a top-tier brand, luxurious, well-spoken for, and they have a tradition and heritage of being safe, solid, and getting the job done year in and year out.
What the hell's my point? If you were to clash/crash head on in a fiberglass Corvette or a sturdy Volvo, which one would you rather be in? Ah, gotcha.
Ohio State 31, West Virginia 23.
NCAA Dan's Take:
(NCAA Dan is a Boston native and a geographer for the U.S. Census Bureau, who wrote for this Web site back in 2001 and 2002, when it was in its infancy.)
The Buckeyes once again finished with a very successful season in the Big Ten, largely behind the strength of the solid Buckeye offensive line. West Virginia's strength is in its offensive line and also skill position players, so this should lend itself toward a high-scoring and very entertaining affair. The quarterback matchup features a couple of juniors, Pat White for the Mountaineers battling against Todd Boeckman of Ohio State. The Buckeyes' defense looked solid throughout the 2007 campaign, but they had trouble containing Juice Williams of Illinois during their last home game of the regular season. White and Steve Slaton will pound the Buckeye defense in much the same fashion that Illinois did. West Virginia averaged nearly 39 points per game, and I expect this effort against Ohio State to come much closer to that average than in their last game of the season against the Pitt Panthers.
West Virginia will not be intimidated in playing a Big Ten team. However, I do expect Ohio State to be able to move the ball up and down the field against the Mountaineer defense, so this game will be a shootout. In the end, I think Ohio State is just a bit more battle tested than West Virginia, and this experience helps give the Buckeyes the edge in a back-and-forth, very close game.
Ohio State 37, West Virginia 34.
Matt McGuire's Take:
(Matt McGuire is a University of Kentucky student and a contributor to this Web site. His knowledge in college football, the NFL and the draft is very extensive.)
I really like Ohio State's speed on defense in this game. This is a no contest. Ohio State has way too much talent on offense as well.
Ohio State 34, West Virginia 13.
Ohio State - 57%
#1 Ohio State
Ohio State 32, West Virginia 20 (average score of the four analysts)
#2 Georgia (11-2) vs. #6 Florida (11-3)
Friday, 8:30 ET
Tim Tebow's unstoppable. He's not a fat quarterback like Byron Leftwich, so you can't bait him with cheeseburgers. He's not a criminal like everyone on the Bengals, meaning that giving him a handle of vodka and car keys won't lead to much harm. And he's not into the chicks over at the nursery school like Chris Henry, so don't bother giving him a computer with a direct link to teen chat rooms. There is a way to stop Tebow, however, and that's to distract him with big breasts. Check out Post No. 15 to see what I'm talking about
Unfortunately, Georgia doesn't have those. Well, actually, I'm not really sure, but I do know one girl who goes to that school, and she literally is a dog. Thus, Tebow will be completely focused on the task at hand. In all seriousness, when the Gators and Bulldogs clashed the first time, I correctly picked Georgia. I have no idea why because my memory sucks. I just did. Now, I'm going to tell you that it's difficult to beat the same opponent twice in a season, especially when that foe has the Tebow Express. Six-seed Florida goes to the Final Four, the lowest seed to ever advance to that far.
Florida 44, Georgia 31.
The Joker's Take:
OK, the SEC matchup. Jawja Dawgs versus the Mighty Tebows. Knowshon Moreno versus Mr. Heisman. Jean shorts versus...more jean shorts.
These are my feelings on everything. Stafford is an overrated blob with a big arm. Moreno is a bada**. Sean Bailey is an underachiever. Thomas Flowers is severely underrated. Tim Tebow is unstoppable. Percy Harvin is lightning in a bottle. Cornelius Ingram is a valuable asset. Derrick Harvey is an NFL player. And Tony Joiner is a thief.
But only one of my opinions stands out - "Tim Tebow is unstoppable." Seriously. No team has containied him yet, and I don't see Georgia being the first. Besides, I have UCF beating UGA in the last round, so it's not like I'm going to pat them on the backs here.
Florida 40, Georgia 20.
NCAA Dan's Take:
A rematch of the Cocktail Party from earlier this season, which surely did not disappoint. In that matchup between these two bitter SEC rivals, Georgia surprised the Florida Gators and scored on them at will, beating them 42-30. Mark Richt's Bulldog team played with more intensity and attitude than Florida did on that day, racking up numerous unsportsmanlike conduct penalties during the first half for excessive celebrations after touchdowns against the Gators. Georgia just flat out wanted that game more than Florida did. I expect Florida to match Georgia's intensity this time around.
Florida finished off the season really strong, and I expect them to continue with that momentum into this game against Georgia. The Bulldogs were the last team the Gators lost to in 2007, and I believe they are a better team now than when the Bulldogs faced them the first time in Jacksonville. Both of these teams can score points against each other, as they displayed on Oct. 27. It's hard to beat a team twice in one season, especially in a rivalry game like this one. I expect one heck of a football contest here, but I like Florida to prevail this time around. Not as many unsportsmanlike conduct penalties as the first time, either.
Florida 30, Georgia 27.
Matt McGuire's Take:
The world's second-largest cocktail party meets again the Elite Eight. Georgia destroyed Florida last time. Knoshown Moreno destroyed the Florida defense, and as hot as Georgia is he would do it again. Georgia proved they have the speed to contain Urban Meyer's spread option. Gators keep it close though.
Georgia 27, Florida 20.
Florida - 52%
Florida 34, Georgia 26 (average score of the four analysts)