Conference Championships

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  1. sawemoff

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    Both teams square off once again this season but with a lot more on the line, a conference championship. In the earlier game North Carolina completely dominated the first half as they shut down the Clemson offense and ripped apart their defense. Before anyone could turn their head the Tarheels were up 26-7 at halftime. With Clemson's QB Mike Curry struggling, Coach Sawemoff turned to Senior(RS) QB EJ Suggs. He lead the team back into the game but it was too late. North Carolina RB Jed Espinosa, WR Brady Ervin, and QB Hank Hardy had done too much damage. North Carolina's defense won this game with their ability to cause six turnovers, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries. As the final seconds waned off the clock the Tarheels celebrated a great road win in Death Valley 32-27.​
    Key Victories for North Carolina:
    Nebraska: In a 27-24 thriller the rushing game for North Carolina helped setup multiple scores and led them to victory. RB's Espinosa and Simmons had 260 yards, 2 TDs, and helped win the time of possession. The defense also did its part by holding the Cornhuskers off time and time again after QB Hardy threw 4 interceptions.
    Virginia: North Carolina went into Virginia's, the 2015 ACC Champion, house and won on a time expiring 49 yard FG. The offense struggled in the first half but with Espinosa's 66 yard TD run at the start of the second half sparked them to come alive. The game went back and forth as both teams kept matching the other one in scoring but in the end the rushing game again pulled the Tarheels to victory.​
    Clemson: As mentioned above the Tarheels dominated with a spectacular balanced offense. QB Hardy had a great day and continually hooked up with WR Brady Ervin time and time again. RB Espinosa did what he did best by running all over the Clemson defense. Final tally was 32-27.​
    Miami: This game clinched the final spot in the ACC Conference. Miami has had a great year and looked to possibly make its first title game in awhile but again the resilient Tarheels went into enemy territory and won. North Carolina scored first and never looked back. The game ended 27-12 and with another road win the Tarheels should feel good going into Charlotte.​
    Key Victories for Clemson:
    Notre Dame: Clemson traveled to take on the #4 Fightin' Irish in week one and absolutely took it to them. The offense scored 34 points in the first half and QB Mike Curry looked like a star of the future. He threw for 254 yards, 3 TDs, and 2 INTs. RB's Brandon Charles and now starter Jeremy Mason showed that Clemson had a great one-two punch. Both had over 100 yards on the ground and combined for 4 TDs. Clemson left victorious with a 55-29 blowout victory.​
    Penn State: The Nittany Lions took the Tigers to the limit in this one. The back and forth affair was a good one to watch and the fans from both sides had sore throats the next day. Penn State had control and the lead the entire way until the last minutes of the game. Both offenses and defenses played decent enough for each team to win but the secondary of Penn State collapsed at the wrong time. With no one covering Tiger WR Steve Ramsey, QB Mike Curry threw a hard strike to him for an 80 yard game winning TD.​
    Players to Watch:
    North Carolina
    Junior(RS) RB Jed Espinosa: 1525 yards, 17 TDs​
    Senior(RS) WR Hardy Ervin: 594 yards, 6 TDs​
    Junior(RS) ROLB Josh Smith: 15 TFL, 3 Sacks, 1 FF, 1 FREC​
    Junior(RS) RE Mark White: 14 TFL, 10 Sacks, 3 FF, 2 FREC​
    Clemson
    Freshman RB Jeremy Mason: 1089 yards, 17 TDs​
    Sophomore(RS) WR Jared Williams: 893 total yards, 8 total TDs​
    Freshman RB John Robison: 1757 total return yards, 8 total return TDs​
    Senior FS Freddie Hackett: 59 total Tackles, 4 INT, 2 FF​
    Prediction:
    The young Clemson Tiger team looks to get revenge but I do not think it will happen. Even with QB EJ Suggs leading the Tiger defense North Carolina is just too good. UNC's running game will again take control of the game and will dominate the front four of the Tiger's defensive line. Final Score: 38-24​

     
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  2. sawemoff

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    Both undefeated, both came out unscathed, and both are looking for a B1G Conference Title and a birth into the title game. Michigan has already passed their first test in a regular season title game and they look to pass another against Wisconsin. Wisconsin isn't really known for their offense but this year it looks like the offense has finally started to click scoring over 40 points in six games. Yet again the defense for Wisconsin has been solid throughout the year causing multiple turnovers in every game. Michigan once again has one of the top offensives in the nation and has looked impossible to beat. With a couple of key injuries the door for Wisconsin might have just opened up.​
    Key Victories for Michigan:
    Miami: In the opening week Miami showed grit taking Michigan down to the wire but it was not enough. Michigan pulled out to an early 14-7 lead in the first but was down 21-14 at half. QB Anthony Garcia and immediately tied things up by the end of the third quarter. The Wolverine defense was ferocious in the fourth paving the way for the offense to score the final TD of the game. Michigan came out of Miami with a 35-28 victory.
    North Carolina: Michigan and North Carolina have started a great rivalry during the annual ACC v B1G Challenge, and this one shows why. It took a big stop in the last quarter to finally decide this one. Michigan's defense led them to victory intercepting Hank Hardy 5 times and limiting Jed Espinosa to only 27 yards on the ground. It was tough sledding for the Wolverines but it was enough to take another road victory over the Tarheels 41-30.
    Key Victories for Wisconsin:
    Penn State: Wisconsin jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first and wound up leading going into halftime 21-7 but the Nittany Lions would not go away. Penn State was able to cut the lead to 21-17 but in the last seconds of the third Wisconsin got a FG to get up 24-17. The Wisconsin defense punished Penn State with 5 interceptions. The defense constantly kept the pesky lions out of the endzone and only allowed a FG in the last quarter. With the final pick of the evening Wisconsin was able to run out the clock and secure a 24-20 victory.
    Purdue: The Boilermakers gave it everything they had to almost pull an epic upset. Purdue hung in there giving Wisconsin fits but was unable to stop the last FG to seal the deal in last 30 seconds of the game. Wisconsin's offense was nowhere to be found topping 137 yards and was definitely saved by their solid defense. Again the Badgers were able to pick off Sophomore QB Joe Walker five times. Defense was brought from both teams but Wisconsin was able to squeak by 16-14.
    Nebraska: A week after Wisconsin was upset, Nebraska tried to no avail. QB Robert Gandy pulled this one out in the final drive of the game. Coach Oshio thought QB Brian Mayo was not getting the job done so he pulled him to give his Senior leader a chance and it worked. Gandy broke a crucial 51 yard scramble to setup the game winning TD. This victory was another crucial one they needed on the road to not only stay undefeated but to earn them a spot in the B1G Championship game.
    Players to Watch:
    Michigan
    Junior(RS) QB Anthony Garcia: 2648 yards, 20 TDs, 8 INTs
    Senior(RS) WR Kyle Buchanan: 794 yards, 5 TDs
    Senior(RS) WR Matt Herron: 775 yards, 7 TDs
    Freshman(RS) LE Cliff Lamb: 15 TFL, 9 Sacks, 1 INT
    Wisconsin
    Sophomore(RS) QB Brian Mayo: 1529 yards, 15 TD, 16 INTs
    Senior(RS) LOLB Chuck McDonald: 29 TFL, 2 Sacks, 16 INT, 6 FF
    Senior(RS) DT Steven Fisher: 12 TFL, 10 Sack, 1 FF, 2 FREC
    Sophomore(RS) CB Scott Fitzpatrick: 24 Tackles, 2 TFL, 7 INT
    Prediction:
    With some key injuries for Michigan I still think they will be too much for Wisconsin. The Badgers may have a great defense but their offense will not be able to keep up with the fast paced spread offense of Michigan. Final Score 31-10.
     
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  3. Kasper

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    Great stuff sawemoff .

    I got UNC winning the ACC title game, my guess is 31-17

    In the B1G title game, I think not having their starting QB will really hurt Phil and Michigan. Wisconsin 34 - 24
     
  4. Kasper

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    Feel free to give some comment or predictions!
     
  5. BPHusker

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    Michigan will win by 14. :p
     
  6. fuzzyl0gic

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    Great write-up man! Both games will be epic.
     
  7. Philstyle3005

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    QB Anthony Garcia will start for the Wolverines, coming back from injury. Freshman RB Jamie Thomas will wait it out until the bowl game.
     

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