The scoop, Week 9

One week before this year’s “Game of the Century” between LSU and Alabama. This week features a couple of teams (namely Oklahoma and Wisconsin trying to bounce back from devastating losses.

On to the picks…..

Rice (2-5, 1-2 C-USA) at #18 Houston (7-0, 3-0 C-USA)             Line: Houston by 28.
The scoop: Houston hasn’t been 8-0 since 1990 and Cougars QB Case Keenum is six touchdown passes from setting a new FBS record in that category. He might get that by halftime.
Houston 62, Rice 28.


#9 Michigan State (6-1, 3-0 Big 10) at #13 Nebraska (6-1, 2-1 Big 10)
Line: Nebraska by 4.
The scoop: Even though the Spartans have the nation’s second-ranked defense, they were gashed by Wisconsin last week allowing 220 yards on the ground. Michigan State must stop the run to have any chance in this game.
Nebraska 27, Michigan St. 24.


Purdue (4-3, 2-1 Big 10) at #17 Michigan (6-1, 2-1 Big 10)                  Line: Michigan by 14.
The scoop: Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is successful when he isn’t getting scraped off the turf because of a consistent pounding. Purdue, needs a win to stay relevant in the division race.
Michigan 35, Purdue 17.


#8 Arkansas (6-1, 2-1 SEC) at Vanderbilt (4-3, 1-3 SEC)
Line: Arkansas by 10.5.
The scoop: Another trap game for the Razorbacks; QB Tyler Wilson leads the conference in passing yards, which is just fine for the Vanderbilt defense, who are tied for first in the nation with 15 interceptions.
Arkansas 30, Vanderbilt 21.


#15 Virginia Tech (7-1, 3-1 ACC) at Duke (3-4, 1-2 ACC)                   Line: Virginia Tech by 15.5.
The scoop: Duke is coming off a heartbreaking loss to Wake Forest and has lost 11 in a row to the Hokies, including a 44-7 beatdown last year.
Virginia Tech 35, Duke 13.


Illinois (6-2, 2-2 Big 10) at #21 Penn State (7-1, 4-0 Big 10)
Line: Penn St. by 5.
The scoop: Joe Pa’s record 409th victory is within reach because Illinois is falling apart due to offensive inconsistency.
Penn State 17, Illinois 14.


Washington State (3-4, 1-3 Pac-12) at #7 Oregon (6-1, 4-0 Pac-12)
Line: Oregon by 36.5.
The scoop: Oregon can play without its starting quarterback, tailback and cornerback and still win by four touchdowns. With them, they could win by 50.
Oregon 55, Washington St. 20.


Missouri (3-4, 1-3 Big 12) at #16 Texas A&M (5-2, 3-1 Big 12)
Line: Texas A&M by 11.
The scoop: This has the makings of a four-hour long game. A&M still has no clue of how to stop the forward pass (ranking dead last in the nation in pass defense) and Missouri isn’t all that great at that skill either.
Texas A&M 45, Missouri 30.


#11 Oklahoma (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) at #10 Kansas State (7-0, 4-0 Big 12)
Line: Oklahoma by 14.
The scoop: All the concerns about the Sooners’ defense were warranted and they will find themselves in a hole against the Wildcats if they don’t get it together quick.
Kansas State 27, Oklahoma 23.


#25 West Virginia (5-2, 1-1 Big East) at Rutgers (5-2, 2-1 Big East)
Line: West Virginia by  7.
The scoop: West Virginia has no semblance of a running game so Rutgers can expect a healthy dose of Mountaineer QB Geno Smith.
Rutgers 28, West Virginia 24.


Florida (4-3, 2-3 SEC) at #22 Georgia (5-2, 4-1 SEC)               Line: Georgia by 3.
The scoop: Florida’s offense is bad….and not sure if a bye week will do anything against an improving Georgia team. Florida has won three in a row over the Bulldogs.
Georgia 31, Florida 21.


Baylor (4-2, 1-2 Big 12) at #3 Oklahoma State (7-0, 4-0 Big 12)
Line: Oklahoma St. by 14.5.
The scoop: The Cowboys are in the driver’s seat as far as a possible BCS bowl berth. First up: Baylor, who surrendered 55 points and 725 yards of offense to Oklahoma State last year.
Oklahoma St. 49, Baylor 28.


Colorado (1-7, 0-4 Pac-12) at #23 Arizona State (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12)
Line: Arizona St. by 30.5.
The scoop: Two things have already essentially clinched: Arizona State’s place in the inaugural Pac-12 championship game and Colorado’s place as worst team in the conference.
Arizona St. 35, Colorado 10.


Iowa State (3-4, 0-4 Big 12) at #19 Texas Tech (5-2, 2-2 Big 12)
Line: Texas Tech by 15.
The scoop: Now that Texas Tech has beaten Oklahoma, they feel like they can beat anyone, anywhere. Iowa State doesn’t pose much of a challenge, so they will continue to believe that for one more week.
Texas Tech 44, Iowa State 25.


#14 South Carolina (6-1, 4-1 SEC) at Tennessee (3-4, 0-4 SEC)
Line: South Carolina by 4.
The scoop: It’s musical chairs at quarterback for Tennessee, as they will start a freshman this weekend against the Gamecocks. And maybe the bye week provided Carolina a chance to find its offense.
South Carolina 30, Tennessee 24.


#6 Clemson (8-0, 5-0 ACC) at Georgia Tech (6-2, 3-2 ACC)                     Line: Clemson by 4.5.
The scoop: Clemson is looking for its first 9-0 in 30 years….the last time it happened, the Tigers went on to win the national championship.
Clemson 38, Georgia Tech 24.


#4 Stanford (7-0, 5-0 Pac-12) at #20 USC (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12)                      Line: Stanford by 8.
The scoop: Stanford is physical, smart, and they don’t beat themselves, having turned the ball over three times all season.
Stanford 27, USC 17.


#12 Wisconsin (6-1, 2-1 Big 10) at Ohio State (4-3, 1-2 Big 10)                 Line: Wisconsin by 7.5.
The scoop: Both teams have plenty to play for: Wisconsin a chance to get back into the conference title race and for Ohio State, a bowl berth at this point would be considered a successful season.
Wisconsin 31, Ohio St. 20.


Off the week: #1 LSU, #2 Alabama, #5 Boise State, #24 Cincinnati

Last week:
Straight up 14-4;
Against the spread: 7-11

Straight up: 138-23
Against the spread: 73-73


~ by Scooby Axson on October 26, 2011.

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