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LOOKING AHEAD
Ivan Maisel
December 08, 1997
?SEC CHAMPIONSHIP:AUBURN (9-2) VS. TENNESSEE (10-1) Florida fans might point to the fact that the Volunteers needed help to win the SEC East, but Tennessee is laughing all the way to Atlanta. A berth in a potential national championship game and a Heisman for Peyton Manning are in the offing. Auburn, with its sickly running game, won't play the spoiler.
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December 08, 1997

Looking Ahead

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?SEC CHAMPIONSHIP:
AUBURN (9-2) VS. TENNESSEE (10-1)
Florida fans might point to the fact that the Volunteers needed help to win the SEC East, but Tennessee is laughing all the way to Atlanta. A berth in a potential national championship game and a Heisman for Peyton Manning are in the offing. Auburn, with its sickly running game, won't play the spoiler.

?BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP:
NEBRASKA (11-0) VS. TEXAS A&M (9-2)
Nothing the Cornhuskers can do against the Aggies will move them from No. 2 back to No. 1, and it's equally hard to imagine unbeaten Nebraska losing a second straight conference championship game. Despite the elevation of Branndon Stewart to full-time quarterback, A&M's passing attack isn't good enough to take advantage of the weakest part of the Nebraska defense: the young secondary.

?WAC CHAMPIONSHIP:
COLORADO STATE (9-2) VS. NEW MEXICO (9-2)
The Rams have won seven straight, by an average of 32.3 points. Credit goes to a defense that has produced 34 turnovers and to quarterback Moses Moreno, second in the nation in passing efficiency. Lobos junior quarterback Graham Leigh has 24 touchdown passes in 249 attempts. That ratio will drop on Saturday, as will New Mexico.

?ARMY (4-6) VS. NAVY (6-4)
The Cadets have won the last five in this unrivaled rivalry, by a total of 10 points. Those losses hurt the Middies, but a defeat this year would be worse. For the first time in years Navy is clearly the better team, fielding seniors where it counts most. By winning in Giants Stadium, this class will avoid being the third straight group of seniors never to have beaten Army.

?MAC CHAMPIONSHIP:
TOLEDO (9-2) AT MARSHALL (9-2)
There's more to Marshall than All-America wideout Randy Moss. The Herd's defense allowed only six touchdowns through the air this season. It should shut down Toledo's Chris Wallace, who has thrown 25 TDs, and earn Marshall the MAC'S berth in the Motor City Bowl.

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