Scooby’s Scoop: Week 4
There are some intriguing matchups this week as Florida State and Clemson play to see who has supremacy in the ACC. A Seminoles victory could go a long way in their national title hopes.
On the other side of the nation, Oregon and Arizona will be this weekend’s four-hour marathon, putting their high-powered offenses (and defenses) to the test. Notre Dame’s fight back to relevance will continue also as they take on Michigan in another storyline to watch.
This week in random silliness: Only an Arkansas Razorbacks fan will react like this…after a 52-point beatdown….at home.
Ridiculous quote of the week: This bit of craziness (or stupidity) comes from Florida Atlantic defensive end Cory Henry, whose team plays top-ranked Alabama on Saturday. “They ain’t what people think,” Henry said. “They’re good and everything but they can beat, too. “We got speed against them. You got speed you can win.”
Uh huh, if you say so. By the way, Florida Atlantic is a seven touchdown underdog and is being paid $1 million for a butt-kickin’.
The worst team in college football is: This week that distinction belongs to Colorado, who gave up an astounding 322 yards in the FIRST QUARTER to Fresno State. By the time the carnage of the first 15 minutes was over, the Buffaloes were down 35-0. It was 55-7 at halftime en route to a 69-14 beatdown. Their best chance for a victory this season is this week at Washington State. Remember this is a Division I program with players on scholarship. Is it too late to go back to the Big 12 North?
Hostess watch: Only one Top 25 team went the cupcake route this week in the FBS vs. FCS matchups. Congratulations, Nebraska.
Now to the games: (rankings are from the Associated Press Top 25)
Florida Atlantic (1-2) at #1 Alabama (3-0) The Line: Alabama by 49.5.
The scoop: The point spread for this game says all anyone needs to know about this one. Tide quarterback AJ McCarron has thrown 151 passes without an interception.
Alabama 55, FAU 3.
#2 LSU (3-0) at Auburn (1-2) The Line: LSU by 20.5.
The scoop: If LSU has any weaknesses it is that they have been a bit undisciplined. LSU was flagged 23 times in the first three games. Auburn needed overtime last week to beat Louisiana-Monroe…at home.
LSU 34, Auburn 10.
#22 Arizona (3-0) at #3 Oregon (3-0) The Line: Oregon by 21.5.
The scoop: Arizona must stop Oregon’s rushing attack, which is averaging 317 yards a game and six yards a pop.
Oregon 45, Arizona 21.
#10 Clemson (3-0) at #4 Florida State (3-0, 1-0 ACC)
The Line: Florida St. by 14.5.
The scoop: The Seminoles boast the nation’s top ranked defense, which has allowed their opponents only five conversions in 44 third-down attempts. The matchup features the top two quarterbacks in the conference, according to passing efficiency.
Florida St. 31, Clemson 20.
Vanderbilt (1-2, 0-1 SEC) at #5 Georgia (3-0, 1-0 SEC)
The Line: Georgia by 14.5.
The scoop: The Bulldogs have won 16 of the last 17 meetings and will be looking to add to a school record by scoring 40 points in a fourth consecutive game. Vanderbilt’s defense is much improved giving up 75 less total yards on average than last year, but must contend with the SEC’s top offense.
Georgia 37, Vanderbilt 14.
#15 Kansas State (3-0) at #6 Oklahoma (2-0)
The Line: Oklahoma by 15.5.
The scoop: Well, the Sooners have been less than impressive thus far and have had two weeks to prepare for the Wildcats. Oklahoma is 14-0 at home against Top 25 competition in the Bob Stoops era.
Oklahoma 31, Kansas St. 24.
Missouri (2-1, 0-1 SEC) at #7 South Carolina (3-0, 1-0 SEC)
The Line: South Carolina by 10.5.
The scoop: Both teams are relying on quarterbacks who have been banged up in recent weeks. Missouri QB James Franklin didn’t play in the Tigers win against Arizona State. Carolina is second in the conference in scoring defense.
South Carolina 27, Missouri 20.
Maryland (2-1) at #8 West Virginia (2-0)
The Line: West Virginia by 26.
The scoop: Maryland has given the ball away 10 times already this season. Turn it over against the Mountaineers and this game could be over by halftime.
West Virginia 48, Maryland 16.
#18 Michigan (2-1) at #11 Notre Dame (3-0)
The Line: Notre Dame by 6.
The scoop: No doubt when Irish defenders have nightmares, they are definitely seeing Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson in those dreams. Robinson had 502 yards in the 2010 matchup and threw the winning touchdown pass with two seconds left in last year’s game. Michigan has won the last five of six in the series, including three straight.
Notre Dame 28, Michigan 24.
California (1-2) at #13 USC (2-1, 0-1 Pac 12) The Line: USC by 16.5.
The scoop: While USC can’t beat Stanford to save their lives, they have owned the Golden Bears of late, winning eight straight in the series. This is the 100th meeting between the schools and USC leads the series 63-30-5. (Their 2005 victory was vacated as part of an NCAA ban).
USC 38, Cal 13.
Kentucky (1-2) at #14 Florida (3-0, 2-0 SEC) The Line: Florida by 23.
The scoop: Kentucky has lost to Florida 26 straight times…that is all.
Florida 42, Kentucky 14.
UAB (0-2) at #16 Ohio State (3-0) The Line: Ohio St. by 36.5.
The scoop: Ohio State’s defense was torched last week, especially on the ground. There is a sneaking suspicion that UAB won’t have that kind of success because the Blazers are 114th in rushing offense. Their defense is just as pitiful ranking 120th in total defense and allowing 44 points a game.
Ohio State 57, UAB 14.
Virginia (2-1) at #17 Texas Christian (2-0) The Line: TCU by 18.
The scoop: TCU has won 27 of its last 28 home games and the teams are meeting for only the third time ever. Virginia’s rushing attack is pathetic, averaging 105 yards per game and 3.3 yards a carry.
TCU 35, Virginia 10.
Oregon State (1-0) at #19 UCLA (3-0) The Line: UCLA by 7.5.
The scoop: UCLA has won 40 of 59 all-time meetings, including the last two. Bruins back Johnathan Franklin leads the nation in rushing averaging 180.3 yards per game.
UCLA 30, Oregon St. 19.
#20 Louisville (3-0) at Florida International (1-2)
The Line: Louisville by 13.
The scoop: Louisville doesn’t play its next home game until Oct. 20. There are 12 players from Miami’s Northwestern High School on both teams’ rosters: five from Louisville, seven from FIU.
Louisville 38, FIU 21.
Eastern Michigan (0-3) at #21 Michigan State (2-1)
The Line: Michigan St. by 31.
The scoop: This is how bad Eastern Michigan is; they are dead last in the nation in rushing defense, 116th in total defense, allows 41 points per game. Game over at kickoff.
Michigan St. 47, Eastern Michigan 7.
South Alabama (1-2) at #23 Mississippi State (3-0)
The Line: Miss. St. by 34.
The scoop: Mississippi State is 3-0 for the first time in 13 seasons but has struggled defensively. They gave up 572 yards to Troy in their last contest.
Miss. St. 42, South Alabama 6.
Brigham Young (2-1) at #24 Boise State (1-1)
The Line: Boise St. by 6.5.
The scoop: While BYU’s defense is vastly improved (ranked 9th nationally), BYU committed 12 penalties and coughed up the ball five times (losing one) in last week’s loss to Utah. Boise State still has BCS dreams despite losing to Michigan State.
Boise St. 28, BYU 23.
Idaho State (1-1) at #25 Nebraska (2-1) The Line: No Line.
The scoop: Idaho can’t stop the run and is just as inadequate at rushing the passer in the FCS, so look for the Huskers to pile on a 300+ yards day on the ground.
Nebraska 60, Idaho St. 10.
Idle: #9 Stanford (3-0), #12 Texas (3-0)
Straight up: 15-6
Against the spread: 6-11
Overall: 55-12, 18-35