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College Football ’18: Conference Championship Previews

Jeff Mezydlo
It’s conference championship week on the college football season. An exciting time, especially from those teams looking to remain – or possibly enter – the...
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Five things we learned from conference championship week

Joe DiTullio
Teams are preparing for bowl season or for next season depending on how their season finished. Heading into bowl games, more coaching carousel drama, here...
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Five things to watch for in conference championship week

Joe DiTullio
College football is winding down, but before bowl season comes, conference championships are left. With so much good football this weekend, here are five things...
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Week 14 Preview

Robert Hanes
Week 14 Preview Friday December 4 MAC Championship: Bowling Green (9-3) at Northern Illinois (8-4), Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan Bowling Green comes into this game as the favorite. The Falcons have one of the most potent offenses in all of college football that averages 44.2 points per game. Quarterback Matt Johnson has thrown for 4465 yards on the season and could eclipse the 5000-yard mark in a bowl game. His leading receiver is Roger Lewis, who has 1401 receiving yards and has the potential to play in the NFL. The defense has been the issue for the Falcons as they give up 27.8 points per game. Northern Illinois lost their last game to Ohio, but still managed to make the championship game. The Huskies’ offense isn’t as good as it is most seasons. Quarterback Drew Hare is out for the season, making the offense worse. The last two games have been especially tough as Northern Illinois is only averaging 24 points per game in that stretch. The defense has played well this season only allowing 391 yards per game. Bowling Green’s offense will not be stopped in this game, with Johnson and Lewis connecting for multiple scores. Final Score: Bowling Green 39 Northern Illinois 30 Saturday December 5 AAC Championship: #22 Temple (10-2) at #19 Houston (11-1), Houston, Texas Temple has made the American Championship thanks to their defense. Linebacker Tyler Matakevich has been a starfor the Owls and is the active leader in tackles in the FBS. The defense allows 18.8 points per game. Quarterback P.J. Walker has been the key player on offense for the Owls and has thrown for 2450 yards this season. Houston may have lost their chance at an undefeated season when they lost to Uconn two weeks ago, but still has a chance at a conference championship. Quarterback Greg Ward is leading the offense with his dual threat abilities and has accounted for over 3000 total yards. Ward has been banged up as of late, but should be good to go in this game. The Houston defense has played great against the run, holding opponents to 117 rushing yards per game. The Cougars get this game at home and should be able to get their offense rolling early with Ward at quarterback. Houston’s defense will then shut down the Temple running game and get the victory. Final Score: Houston 31 Temple 24 C-USA Championship: Southern Miss (9-3) at Western Kentucky (10-2), Bowling Green, Kentucky...
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