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NCAA Football: Navy at Southern Methodist
Go Navy! Beat . . . Temple?
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The 2016 college football season nears its inexorable conclusion, as conference championship crowns will be handed out today in advance of tomorrow’s bowl selections. There’s good football to watch all day, and we’ll be here for every bit of it.

The action kicks off at noon on ABC with the American Athletic Conference contest between the Navy Midshipmen and the Temple Owls. I’m watching mainly because my grandfather, a retired Naval officer and veteran of WWII and the Korean War, made me a Navy fan at about the same age that I became a Georgia fan. And because frankly I’m not going to believe Temple football is in range of a conference championship until I see it with my own eyes, and perhaps not even then.

There’s also the noon kickoff between Kansas State and TCU on FS1, which may be a chance to scout the Red and Black’s impending bowl opponent, either way it goes.

And don’t overlook the Conference USA totle game on ESPN between Western Kentucky and Louisiana Tech. If you have no rooting interest and enjoy offensive football, this one may actually be the most entertaining game of the bunch.

You may also wish to catch the Sun Belt tilt between Troy and Georgia Southern on ESPN2. Troy football has been an undercovered and improbably good team this season, which no one saw coming except SB Nation’s Bill Connelly, who is actually a wizard.

12:30 on Fox brings the traditional Bedlam intrastate rivalry between #10 Oklahoma State and #9 Oklahoma, which this year serves as the de facto Big Twelve title game. Winner heads to the Sugar Bowl, likely to eviscerate Gus Malzahn’s Auburn squad which is likely playing in the Sugar Bowl. Sorry, I just had to type that again to make myself believe it.

We’ll be back with additional live threads as the need arises, but most especialy with one for tonight’s main event between Florida and Alabama in the Georgia Dome. Have a great football Saturday, and . . .

Go ‘Dawgs!!!