Scooby’s scoop, Week 12
A number of conference championship game berths can be decided this weekend, but it is interesting to see how the Heisman Trophy race is shaping up this season. In the next three weeks, these four candidates can make a case for themselves in vying for the sport’s most coveted trophy with their play on the field. Compare the stats and decide who is the most outstanding college football player this season.
Johnny Manziel, redshirt freshman, quarterback, Texas A&M
Stats: 2,780 yards passing, 18 touchdowns, 6 interceptions; 1,014 yards rushing, 15 touchdowns. 2nd in the nation in total offense with 379.4 yards per game.
Collin Klein, senior, quarterback, Kansas State
Stats: 2,020 yards passing, 12 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, 69.7 percent completion percentage; 748 yards rushing, 19 touchdowns. Has led team to 10-0 record.
Kenjon Barner, senior, running back, Oregon
Stats: 1,360 yards rushing, 19 touchdowns. 6.83 yards a carry, 136 yards per game. Has led team to 10-0 record.
Marqise Lee, sophomore, wide receiver, Southern California
Stats: 98 catches, 1,447 yards, 13 touchdowns. 14.8 yards per catch. 2nd in the nation with 223.4 all-purpose yards per game.
This week in random silliness: Check out this inventive way, UCLA students displayed their hatred for rival USC.
Now to the games: (rankings are from the Associated Press Top 25, betting lines subject to change)
#14 Stanford (8-2, 6-1 Pac-12) at #1 Oregon (10-0, 7-0 Pac-12)
The Line: Oregon by 20.5.
The scoop: Oregon set an NCAA record last week with a 13th straight game scoring at least 40 or more points. Oregon has dominated this series of late, taking nine of the last 10 from Stanford. The Ducks have more interception return yards than Tulane or Washington State have rushing yards this season.
Oregon 42, Stanford 27.
#2 Kansas State (10-0, 7-0 Big 12) at Baylor (4-5, 1-5 Big 12)
The Line: Kansas St. by 11.5.
The scoop: Kansas State can clinch a share of the Big 12 title with a win over Baylor and has won nine straight games against teams from the state of Texas. The Wildcats have turned 24 turnovers into 114 points, while their opponents have scored just seven points following Kansas State miscues. Baylor is ranked second in the NCAA in both total and passing offense.
Kansas St. 45, Baylor 35.
Wake Forest (5-5) at #3 Notre Dame (10-0)
The Line: Notre Dame by 24.
The scoop: Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said he would be willing to talk to Oprah in order to plead for his team getting into BCS championship, especially if the teams ahead of them keep winning. Guessing that talking to Kelly is not one of Ms. Winfrey’s favorite things.
Notre Dame 31, Wake Forest 13.
Western Carolina (1-9) at #4 Alabama (9-1)
The Line: No Line.
The scoop: Believe it or not, Alabama still has plenty to play for. After this game, they will play pitiful Auburn and join Georgia in the SEC title game. Alabama beat Western Carolina 52-0 and 52-6 in its only two meetings with the school.
Alabama 52, Western Carolina 7.
Georgia Southern (8-2) at #5 Georgia (9-1)
The Line: No Line.
The scoop: Georgia Southern is no slouch….In the FCS. The Eagles are ranked sixth in the FCS Top 25 and ran for 529 yards last week against Howard. This is the same team that put up 302 rushing yards in a loss last season to Alabama. Georgia has won all four meetings with Georgia Southern.
Georgia 48, Georgia Southern 20.
#6 Ohio State (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) at Wisconsin (7-3, 4-2 Big Ten)
The Line: Wisconsin by 3.
The scoop: The team that runs the ball the best will win the game. The Buckeyes are 3-2 against Wisconsin when they come off of a bye week and wins the Leaders Division outright with a victory. It won’t mean much as the Buckeyes are banned from postseason play.
Wisconsin 24, Ohio State 23.
Jacksonville State (5-4) at #7 Florida (9-1)
The Line: No Line.
The scoop: Florida will like start Jacoby Brissett at quarterback in relief on injured starter Jeff Driskel. The last time anyone heard anything from Brissett was in Week 1. Florida has won 50 straight games against teams outside the BCS conferences.
Florida 50, Jacksonville St. 6.
Mississippi (5-5, 2-4 SEC) at #8 Louisiana State (8-2, 4-2 SEC)
The Line: LSU by 18.
The scoop: Ole Miss has lost 12 straight conference road games and haven’t been close this year losing three SEC road games by an average of almost four touchdowns. LSU’s defense has 11 takeaways in its past four games and is in the top 10 in the NCAA in turnover margin.
LSU 38, Ole Miss 10.
Sam Houston State (8-2) at #9 Texas A&M (8-2)
The Line: No Line.
The scoop: Sam Houston State’s is 0-3 all-time against Top 25 opponents and the Aggies have won all 10 meetings in the series. Texas A&M averages 545 yards a game and will be looking to stop the Bearkats’ seven game winning streak.
Texas A&M 52, Sam Houston St. 20.
#10 Florida State (9-1, 6-1 ACC) at Maryland (4-6, 2-4 ACC)
The Line: Florida St. by 31.
The scoop: Maryland is ranked 100th in the NCAA or worse in four different offensive categories. On the bright side, Maryland only won two ball games last year. A Florida State victory clinches an ACC title berth for the second time in three seasons.
Florida St. 44, Maryland 10.
North Carolina State (6-4, 3-3 ACC) at #11 Clemson (9-1, 6-1 ACC)
The Line: Clemson by 17.
The scoop: Clemson needs Florida State to lose to Maryland and must beat NC State to earn a spot in the ACC Championship Game.
Clemson 47, NC State 24.
Wofford (7-2) at #12 South Carolina (8-2)
The Line: No Line.
The scoop: The Gamecocks has beaten Wofford 15 straight times. Wofford’s last victory over the Gamecocks….1917. That is all.
South Carolina 35, Wofford 14.
#13 Oklahoma (7-2, 5-1 Big 12) at West Virginia (5-4, 2-4 Big 12)
The Line: Oklahoma by 11.
The scoop: Evidence that your defense is horrendous: the last four West Virginia opponents have had a player named Big 12 offensive player of the week. You are on deck, Landry Jones.
Oklahoma 45, West Virginia 38.
California (3-8, 2-6 Pac-12) at #15 Oregon State (7-2, 5-1 Pac-12)
The Line: No Line.
The scoop: Not sure a victory here over Oregon State saves Cal coach Jeff Tedford’s job. The Golden Bears have lost four in a row and got blown out in three of them. Oregon State, who expects to have Sean Mannion under center, has Oregon next week so they can’t be caught looking ahead.
Oregon St. 33, California 24.
Minnesota (6-4, 2-4 Big Ten) at #16 Nebraska (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten)
The Line: Nebraska by 19.5.
The scoop: Nebraska has pulled off four comeback victories this season when they were trailing in the second half by more than 10 points. The Huskers have won 15 straight games in the series. Minnesota hasn’t beaten a ranked foe on the road in seven seasons.
Nebraska 37, Minnesota 14.
Utah State (8-2, 4-0 WAC) at #19 Louisiana Tech (9-1, 4-0 WAC)
The Line: Utah State by 3.
The scoop: Utah State wins the WAC outright with a victory, which would be its first road victory over a ranked opponent in its history. Louisiana Tech could win a share of the conference title with a win. Tech’s defense is ranked next to last in the nation and has given up 31 or more points six times this season.
Utah St. 45, Louisiana Tech 40.
#21 Southern California (7-3, 4-3 Pac-12) at #17 UCLA (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12)
The Line: USC by 3.5.
The scoop: The stakes are high and simple for both teams. The winner will represent the Pac-12 South in the conference championship game. USC has won five in a row and 12 of the past 13 meetings. Both teams will wear their home jerseys.
USC 38, UCLA 31.
#22 Rutgers (8-1, 4-0 Big East) at Cincinnati (7-2, 3-1 Big East)
The Line: Cincinnati by 6.5.
The scoop: Rutgers is the only undefeated team in the Big East and could wrap up the conference’s BCS bid with three more league victories. But it must win in Cincinnati, a place they haven’t scored a victory at since 1987. Cincinnati’s 34 points and 227 rushing yards a game lead the conference.
Cincinnati 28, Rutgers 17.
#23 Texas Tech (7-3, 4-3 Big 12) at Oklahoma State (6-3, 4-2 Big 12)
The Line: Oklahoma St. by 10.5.
The scoop: The last team with the ball or the first one to 50 just might win this one. Texas Tech is ranked No. 1 in the NCAA in passing offense and 10th in total offense. Oklahoma State is ranked fourth in both categories.
Oklahoma St. 48, Texas Tech 37.
Iowa (4-6, 2-4 Big Ten) at #23 Michigan (7-3, 5-1 Big Ten)
The Line: Michigan by 20.
The scoop: Iowa has taken the last three in the series against Michigan, still missing quarterback Denard Robinson, who is listed as day-to-day with an elbow injury. The Wolverines need help to reach the Big Ten title game, as they are tied with Nebraska for the division lead, but the Huskers own the tiebreaker.
Michigan 38, Iowa 17.
#25 Kent State (9-1, 6-0 MAC) at Bowling Green (7-3, 5-1 MAC)
The Line: Bowling Green by 2.5.
The scoop: Kent State is ranked for the first time since 1973. The previous two MAC teams lost the first week after they were ranked in the Top 25 this season. Kent State clinches the MAC East title with a victory.
Bowling Green 31, Kent St. 28.
Week 12 idle: #18 Texas (8-2), #20 Louisville (9-1)
Straight up: 19-1
Against the spread: 10-9
Overall: 179-38, 88-109-2