Auburn and Oregon on a collision course

A preview of this week's games involving ranked opponents.


25 Northern Illinois vs Miami (OH), MAC Championship Game
ESPN2, ESPN3.com, 7 ET

Northern Illinois is in the MAC title game for the second time in school history, previously making it in 2005. The only other time the Huskies won the MAC title was 1983. The Huskies have won nine straight games, their longest win streak as an FBS school.

The RedHawks were 1-11 last season, but rebounded to go 8-4 and win the MAC East title. Their seven-win turnaround is the largest among FBS teams this season.


1 Auburn vs 19 South Carolina, SEC Championship Game, 4 ET

The No. 1-ranked team in the BCS has lost its conference championship game each of the last three seasons. Since joining the SEC in 1992, South Carolina is 0-5 against Auburn. The Tigers are the only SEC team South Carolina hasn’t beaten since joining the conference.

2 Oregon at Oregon State, ABC, 3:30 ET

This is the third straight season that one of these two teams has a chance to go to the Rose Bowl by winning the Civil War. Oregon is trying to beat Oregon State for the third straight time. No team has won more than two straight games in this series since Oregon won four in a row from 1994-97. The Ducks actually have a better win percentage against the Beavers in Corvallis (.573) than at home (.519).

9 Oklahoma vs 13 Nebraska, Big 12 Championship Game, ABC, 8 ET

The Sooners are 6-1 in Big 12 Championship games, which is the best record in conference championship games among BCS-AQ schools. Nebraska -- appearing in its sixth Big 12 title game -- is 0-3-1 against OU on a neutral field.

Utah State at 11 Boise State, ESPN3.com, 3 ET

With a win, the Broncos will clinch a share of their third straight WAC championship and eighth in the last nine seasons. Boise State needs to win and have Nevada lose at Louisiana Tech in order to clinch the WAC’s No. 1 bowl slot. Utah State is 0-42 on the road against ranked opponents.

21 Florida State vs 15 Virginia Tech, ACC Championship Game
ESPN, ESPN3.com, 7:45 ET

The Seminoles have won 13 of the last 14 meetings. Should Virginia Tech win, it would be the fourth team in ACC history (and first in more than 25 seasons) to start 0-2 overall and win the conference title. The ACC Championship Game is the first-ever conference title game that will feature teams that previously met for the BCS Championship.

(FSU met Virginia Tech in the 2000 Sugar Bowl for the 1999 BCS National title.)

17 Nevada at Louisiana Tech, ESPN3.com, 3 ET

A win clinches Nevada’s first share of a WAC title since 2005, and second in school history. The Wolf Pack’s Colin Kaepernick needs 253 passing yards and 65 rushing yards to become the first player in NCAA history to throw for 10,000 yards and rush for 4,000 yards in a career. Louisiana Tech has lost its last 10 games against opponents ranked in the AP poll.

Rutgers at 24 West Virginia, ABC, Noon ET

The Mountaineers need to win and have Connecticut lose at South Florida to earn the Big East’s automatic BCS bid. West Virginia has finished no lower than second in the Big East since 2002. Rutgers has lost the last 15 meetings against WVU. The Scarlet Knights have not defeated WVU since 1994.