Today's games

December 02, 2006|By Christian Ewell

No. 16 Wake Forest (10-2) vs. No. 23 Georgia Tech (9-3)

Where -- Jacksonville, Fla.

When -- 1 p.m.

TV -- Chs. 2, 7

Outlook -- To win the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, Georgia Tech will need a better version of QB Reggie Ball. Despite having all-world WR Calvin Johnson at his disposal, Ball has struggled at times. He completed six passes for 42 yards and threw two interceptions in last week's loss to Georgia. Wake Forest runs the ball well, but the Yellow Jackets' defense allows only 88.3 yards per game on the ground.

No. 4 Florida (11-1) vs. No. 8 Arkansas (10-2)

Where -- Atlanta

When -- 6 p.m.

TV -- Chs. 13, 9

Outlook -- In the Southeastern Conference championship, Arkansas will lean on tailback Darren McFadden, who has 15 touchdowns and nearly 1,500 yards rushing this season. But the Florida defense - ranked sixth in the nation against the run, having allowed only 69.7 yards per game - poses a stout challenge to the Razorbacks.

No. 13 Rutgers (10-1) vs. No. 15 West Virginia (9-2)

Where -- Morgantown, W.Va.

When -- 7:45 p.m.

TV -- ESPN

Outlook -- Rutgers might be at the mercy of its mercurial QB, Mike Teel, who gave the Scarlet Knights a competent performance in last week's 38-7 victory over Syracuse but also threw four interceptions in the team's lone loss, against Cincinnati. The Mountaineers must contend with Rutgers' defense, which is allowing only 12.3 points per game.

No. 8 Oklahoma (10-2) vs. No. 19 Nebraska (9-3)

Where -- Kansas City, Mo.

When -- 8 p.m.

TV -- Chs. 2, 7

Outlook -- Oklahoma is in the Big 12 title game for the fifth time in seven years. Sooners tailback Allen Patrick won't make anyone forget injured ex-Heisman Trophy candidate Adrian Peterson. But what Patrick has done is memorable enough - an average of 150 rushing yards during his past four starts. The Sooners - 117th in passing defense - will be hard-pressed to contain Nebraska's air attack, as Huskers QB Zac Taylor has thrown for 2,789 yards and 24 touchdowns.

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