Munson's Championship Game Predictions

Welcome to college football's championship weekend. Can Cincinnati remain undefeated and earn a berth in the Sugar Bowl? Does Nebraska have enough offense to get over on Texas? Do you like Alabama or Florida?

Will the second time around be better for the Tigers against the Yellow Jackets?

Cincinnati (11-0, 6-0) at Pittsburgh (9-2, 5-1) 12 PM kickoff
The Bearcats will try to make it through the regular season unblemished when they travel to Heinz Field to take on the Panthers. There may actually be more questions surrounding Bearcat coach Brian Kelly and whether he will be in Cincy or South Bend by the end of the month. Kelly has done his best to squash the rumors of his move to Notre Dame, but it still has to have an affect on his players. The Panthers enter the game coming off a bitter 19-16 loss to West Virginia and Dave Wannstedt has to be worried about his club's frame of mind. Both of these teams can move the football. Pitt puts up just a little more than 400 yards per game, 183 of that coming on the ground. The Bearcats put up over 470 yards of offense and do it with a quick striking, fast paced attack.

Cincinnati went 11-3 last season with a BCS bowl loss to Virginia Tech to end the season. I think an undefeated season is in the cards for the Bearcats and yes that means a victory over either Alabama or Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Final score: Cincinnati 31 Pittsburgh 17

Florida (12-0, 8-0) vs Alabama (12-0, 8-0) 4 PM kickoff in Atlanta
If you listen our SEC brothers, this is the national championship game. After all the SEC is God's gift to college football fans everywhere. Make no mistake these are two of the best college teams in the country, but I still don't think that either of them is THE best. This game boils down to just one factor and that is the quarterback factor. Tim Tebow has proven time and time again that when the game is on the line, or when you get to that moment in the game, he will respond. I don't think you can say the same for Greg McElroy. Gators win in a true black and blue showdown. Final score: Florida 20 Alabama 13

Texas (12-0, 8-0) vs Nebraska (9-3, 6-2) 8 PM kickoff in Dallas
This game features what I think is the best team in college football and no it is not the Cornhuskers. I know Texas does not have the dominating defense that so many look for, but they do have an offense that can put more than their fair share of points on the board and I think they are the most balanced offensive attack in college football. Mack Brown's Longhorns roll up right at 288 yards per game through the air and 164 yards on the ground, plus they have a senior quarterback , Colt McCoy, who is playing as well as anyone. Bo Pelini Cornhuskers are definitely offensively challenged, but they do have a formidable defense. They just won't have enough defense to win this game, not near enough. Final score: Texas 38 Nebraska 17

Clemson (8-4, 6-2) vs Georgia Tech (10-2, 7-1) 8 PM kickoff in Tampa
We all know what happened in round one in Atlanta earlier this season now it is time for round two. Both the Tigers and the Yellow Jackets don't exactly enter the game with the best mind set with each having lost to their instate rival. I am not one to buy in to the theory that a loss before a big game will help you play better the next week. If you have been on a winning streak, keep the winning streak going that way you have no negative thoughts.

Offensively the Jackets feature Nesbitt, Dwyer and Thomas while the Tigers feature Spiller, Parker and Ford so let's call it a draw on that side of the ball. That means the defenses will have to be the difference. Georgia Tech does have a great end in Derrick Morgan, but other injuries along the defensive front have the Jackets thin. The defensive front four has been one of the real strong points the entire season for the Tigers, but play at linebacker has been spotty.

Simply put, this game comes down to one real key and that is the way the Tigers defensively secondary handles Demaryius Thomas. Thomas has 46 catches and no one else on the Tech squad has more than six. Georgia Tech will throw the ball less than 15 times in this game and at least ten of those passes will be directed towards Thomas. Both offenses will put up their share of points and the Tigers will put up more. Final score: Clemson 34 Georgia Tech 31 Top Stories