Will “Championship Week” live up to the name?

EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 26: LaMichael James  of the Oregon Ducks celebrates a touchdown run against the Arizona Wildcats on November 26, 2010 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

One of my favorite writers, Andy Staples, made a very good point on Friday: Unless there are major upsets today, it will go down as a day that none of us remember. Sure, Oregon fans will likely remember the day the Ducks beat Oregon State to get into the national title game. And Auburn fans probably will remember when they won the SEC title. But other than that, most of us will look back at this day like, “meh.”

Now, if Oregon State or South Carolina do the unthinkable, things might change.

We might forget, at least for a weekend, that Miami has hired and fired and hired and accepted the resignation — all according to Twitter — of Jon Gruden.

The fact that Cam Newton’s dad solicited funds for his son without his son knowing might slip our minds, at least for a day.

Everyone might stop making fun of Rich Rodriguez for blaring Josh Groban at the Michigan football banquet at the end of an emotional plea for his job that is making most Michigan fans cringe.

Some upsets today would make us forget a lot of that. So what I’m saying is the only person rooting harder for those upsets than the people in Fort Worth, Texas is Rich Rodriguez. Seriously, dude. Josh Groban is even dogging you for liking his song.

This is my final time leading you through a college football Saturday, at least for this year. I’m sure I’ll be back with some bowl stuff, but I’d like to thank Anthony and the Scores Report for letting me hang out with all of you this season. Hopefully this will continue in the future. But before I make you all raise your hands while listening to “You Raise Me Up” let me just make some picks.

No. 2 Oregon at Oregon State, 3:30 p.m.: This is one of those games that you’d think would be truly scary for the top-ranked team in the country (in the human polls, anyway). But something tells me the somewhat close calls Oregon has had against Cal and Arizona make the Ducks more prepared for this game than they would have been normally. Oregon State is going to come out fired up, and Corvallis is an incredibly difficult place to win. But the Beavers just don’t have the firepower to keep up with the Ducks in this one. Pick: Oregon 31-24.

No. 1 Auburn vs. No. 19 South Carolina, 4 p.m.: It’s tough to beat a team twice in one season, or so they say, because the losing team normally has more adjustments to make than the winning team does. In this case, however, I don’t know if that works. Sure, Marcus Lattimore didn’t play the whole game the first time around, and that’s a big deal. And sure, Stephen Garcia was pulled because Steve Spurrier is an ego-maniac. But this regular season matchup represented the game that Auburn truly realized what to do with Cam Newton. Since then, he’s been completely unstoppable. I don’t know if that’s going to change today. Pick: Auburn 24-20.

No. 21 Florida State vs. No. 15 Virginia Tech, 7:45 p.m.: The Seminoles can be a dangerous team when Christian Ponder is on his game. He’s been on it lately, and the defense has some serious talent at most positions. Now, the ‘Noles haven’t played a team as good as Virginia Tech lately, and maybe not this year. Tyrod Taylor and the Hokies are rolling since losing their first two games against Boise State and James Madison. I think the Hokies are super-motivated in this one and win it. Pick: Va Tech 34-28.

No. 9 Oklahoma vs. No. 13 Nebraska, 8 p.m.: I’ve been a big fan of the Cornhuskers all season, but what they’re doing lately shouldn’t give even the most blind fan confidence. Nebraska’s offense is in complete flux since Bo Pelini screamed at Taylor Martinez a couple weeks ago, and as good as the defense is, it cannot thrive when continually put in awful situations. Oklahoma won’t expose the Nebraska defense, but it will get enough done with short fields. Pick: Oklahoma 21-16.

Connecticut at South Florida, 8 p.m.: This game will decide the Big East champion. The Big East is booty. Pick: USF 17-13.

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