Scooby’s Scoop: 2014, Week 3

Georgia Football

Georgia running back Todd Gurley could have another big week against South Carolina (AP Photo)

This isn’t the greatest weekend for college football in terms of quality matchups, and every time that happens, there seems to be always a couple of upsets. The most intriguing matchup on paper looks to be Oklahoma taking on Tennessee.

Tennessee has talent, there is no disputing that. Every couple of years, Oklahoma will lose a game they have no business losing and on this year’s schedule this game is it. Oh and there is that my conference is better than your conference tug-of-war between Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and the SEC.

The only game featuring two top 25 teams this week is Georgia taking on South Carolina. The Gamecocks defense has proven through two games they can’t stop anyone and this game gives viewers an opportunity to see a Heisman campaign (Georgia’s Todd Gurley) pick up more steam.

“Obviously, statistically, I think he’s averaging 15 yards a carry, something like that, and he had a 100-yard or 99-yard kickoff return so he’s probably the leading Heisman candidate right now,” South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier said this week of Gurley. Well said, ol’ ball coach. Well, said.

Awards time:

Winners: Texas A&M-Commerce, Division II school; The Lions rolled up a D-II record 986 yards of total offense in a 98-20 rout of East Texas Baptist, a Division III school. I don’t care who you are, if you produce that amount of offense against a Pop Warner team, the Scoop will give you full praise.

Iowa State receiver Jarvis West: West became the first player in four seasons to have a punt return touchdown, a receiving touchdown, and a passing touchdown in the same game in a remarkable performance against Kansas State last week.

Losers: Miami, (Ohio)….Again. The Redhawks haven’t won since October 2012.
Iowa State-Kansas State Big 12 replay officials: For failing to do the simplest of things: review a questionable call.

By the numbers:

0: The number of non-conference losses the Pac-12 Conference has so far this season.

3: FBS teams that did not score last week. (Eastern Michigan, Florida Atlantic, Michigan)

5: The number of starting offensive linemen for Boston College that have already graduated with their undergraduate degrees.

6: FBS teams that are off this weekend

90+: Teams that have no realistic shot at the College Football Playoff.
Now to the games: (rankings are from the Associated Press Top 25, betting lines subject to change)

Week 3

Houston (1-1) at #25 BYU (2-0)
The Line: BYU by 17.5.
The scoop: BYU’s game plan: Run. And then run some more.
BYU 40, Houston 20.

#8 Baylor (2-0) at Buffalo (1-1)
The Line: Baylor by 35.
The scoop: With quarterback Bryce Petty or without Bryce Petty, Baylor wins by five touchdowns.
Baylor 49, Buffalo 10.

Wyoming (2-0) at #2 Oregon (2-0)
The Line: Oregon by 43.
The scoop: Good news: Wyoming is the nation’s best disciplined team in terms of penalties committed. Bad news: Oregon doesn’t care.
Oregon 60, Wyoming 13.

Southern Mississippi (1-1) at #3 Alabama (2-0)
The Line: Alabama by 48.
The scoop: Bama wideout Amari Cooper had 45 catches all of last season. He already has 25 in two games this year.
Alabama 44, Southern Miss 7.

Tennessee (2-0) at #4 Oklahoma (2-0)
The Line: Oklahoma by 20.5.
The scoop: This will be Oklahoma’s chance to get on the Southeastern Conference’s nerves even more.
Oklahoma 34, Tennessee 20.

#6 Georgia (1-0) at #24 South Carolina (1-1, 0-1 SEC)
The Line: Georgia by 6.5.
The scoop: Watch Todd Gurley run all over the South Carolina defense, which has given up an average of 566.5 total yards in two games.
Georgia 30, South Carolina 23.

Rice (0-1) at #7 Texas A&M (2-0)
The Line: Texas A&M by 31.5.
The scoop: A matchup that should have stayed in the old Southwest Conference. A&M has beaten Rice 16 straight times.
Texas A&M 59, Rice 20.

#9 USC (2-0) at Boston College (1-1)
The Line: USC by 17.
The scoop: Boston College’s next road game is Oct. 11.
USC 30, Boston College 10.

Louisiana-Monroe (2-0) at #10 LSU (2-0)
The Line: LSU by 31.
The scoop: LSU’s defense has gone 19 straight possessions without allowing a single point.
LSU 35, ULM 3.

Purdue (1-1) vs. #11 Notre Dame (2-0) at Indianapolis
The Line: Notre Dame by 28.5.
The scoop: The Irish have beaten Purdue six straight times.
Notre Dame 38, Purdue 9.

#12 UCLA (2-0) vs. Texas (1-1) at Arlington, Texas
The Line: UCLA by 7.5.
The scoop: The eyes of Texas could look ugly once UCLA’s offense gets going.
UCLA 41, Texas 20.

LA-Lafayette (1-1) at #14 Ole Miss (2-0)
The Line: Ole Miss by 27.
The scoop: A game that will only help out LA-Lafayette’s bank account.
Ole Miss 44, ULL 14.

Army (1-0) at #15 Stanford (1-1)
The Line: Stanford by 28.
The scoop: This week’s glorified practice.
Stanford 42, Army 10.

#16 Arizona State (2-0) at Colorado (1-1)
The Line: Arizona State by 15.5.
The scoop: All 16 of Arizona State’s scoring drives this season have been in three minutes or less.
Arizona State 35, Colorado 21.

East Carolina (1-1) at #17 Virginia Tech (2-0)
The Line: Virginia Tech by 11.
The scoop: The last two meetings have been decided by seven points or less.
Virginia Tech 31, East Carolina 17.

UCF (0-1) at #20 Missouri (2-0)
The Line: Missouri by 9.5.
The scoop: Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk is tied for the NCAA lead with eight touchdown passes.
Missouri 30, UCF 24.

#21 Louisville (2-0, 1-0 ACC) at Virginia (1-1)
The Line: Louisville by 6.5.
The scoop: Coaching hot seat check: Yep, that would be Virginia’s Mike London.
Louisville 28, Virginia 24.

Kent State (0-1) at #22 Ohio State (1-1)
The Line: Ohio State by 32.
The scoop: The Buckeyes have only converted six of its 24 third down attempts this season.
Ohio State 45, Kent State 10.

Idle: #1 Florida State, #5 Auburn (2-0), #13 Michigan State (1-1), #18 Wisconsin (1-1), #19 Kansas State (2-0), #23 Clemson (1-1)

Last week:
Straight up: 20-2
Against the spread: 4-10

Straight up: 40-3
Against the spread: 11-18


~ by Scooby Axson on September 11, 2014.

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