Scooby Scoop, 2014: Week 6

When we ever win a game?

The Scoop has plenty of time to get into the thick of the college football race and bowl outlook with more than a quarter of the season already complete. This week, the focus is on the teams that are so pathetic, they would only dream of winning enough games to be considered for the College Football Playoffs.  Of the six Football Bowl Subdivision teams without a win, three of them play in the Mid-American Conference. That’s #MACtion for you.

SMU:
Strengths: This team might be better than Death Penalty team of 1989. Barely.
Weaknesses: Zero concept of how to play football. Can hike the ball with some regularity without fumbling.

Kent State:
Strengths: Dresses like a Division-I football team. On the level of the Texas State team from “Necessary Roughness.”
Weaknesses: Can’t average four yards a play if it tried.

Massachusetts:
Strengths: Have lost three of its games by five points or less.
Weaknesses: 85 scholarships are sadly going to waste.

Miami, Ohio:
Strengths: {crickets}
Weaknesses: Have lost 21 games in a row.

Troy:
Strengths: Almost an average of 20,000 fans have come to see them play its two home games this year. (Don’t know why, either)
Weaknesses: 20,000 fans actually come to see this team play.

Idaho:
Strengths; Plays in some monstrosity called the Kibbie Dome.
Weaknesses: Is coached by a Petrino. Not allowed to go to a bowl game even if it had a winning record.

Oh, Miami, Ohio and UMass play this Saturday, so someone has to win.

By the numbers:

0: Punts blocked this season by FBS schools.

3: FBS defensive players that have scored more than SMU this season.

12: Points scored by SMU this season.

15: Power Five schools campuses that ESPN’s College GameDay has not visited.

7,045: Points scored by Oklahoma this century, which leads the nation.

Awards time:

Winners: Everyone that has beaten SMU, Kent State, UMass, Idaho, Miami, (OH) and Troy this season.

Losers: Miami, Ohio….(again)
The Michigan athletic department: For reasons that are painfully obvious to the rest of the world that have eyes, your one and only job is to protect the “student-athlete” while they are under your watch.

Now to the games: (rankings are from the Associated Press Top 25, betting lines subject to change)

Week 6:

Arizona (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) at #2 Oregon (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12)
The Line: Oregon by 24.
The scoop: Oregon has won 28 in a row against unranked opponents at home.
Oregon 45, Arizona 16.

Utah State (2-2) at #18 BYU (4-0)
The Line: BYU by 20.
The scoop: The “non going to the championship” ride continues for the Cougars.
BYU 31, Utah State 17.

Wake Forest (2-3, 0-1 ACC) at #1 Florida State (4-0, 2-0 ACC)
The Line: Florida State by 39.
The scoop: Only Florida State (and a few voters) believe they are the nation’s top ranked team.
Florida State 45, Wake Forest 17.

#3 Alabama (4-0, 1-0 SEC) at #11 Ole Miss (4-0, 1-0 SEC)
The Line: Alabama by 6.5.
The scoop: The Tide has rolled Ole Miss 10 straight times.
Alabama 30, Ole Miss 20.

#4 Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) at #25 TCU (3-0)
The Line: Oklahoma by 5.
The scoop: Another stiff test for the Sooners, who face the nation’s second-ranked defense.
Oklahoma 35, TCU 24.

#15 LSU (4-1, 0-1 SEC) at #5 Auburn (4-0, 1-0 SEC)
The Line: Auburn by 8.
The scoop: The difference between two evenly-match teams is that one is starting a freshman at quarterback and one is not.
Auburn 37, LSU 27.

#6 Texas A&M (5-0, 2-0 SEC) at #12 Mississippi State (4-0, 1-0 SEC)
The Line: Mississippi State by 2.
The scoop: This has all the makings of a 4-hour, 1,000-plus yard shootout.
Mississippi State 35, Texas A&M 30.

#7 Baylor (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) at Texas (2-2, 1-0 Big 12)
The Line: Baylor by 15.
The scoop: Texas WR John Harris on this week’s opponent: “They’re still Baylor … we’re still Texas.” Yep, it’s the same Baylor team that pounded Texas by 20 last year.
Baylor 45, Texas 21.

Utah (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12) at #8 UCLA (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12)
The Line: UCLA by 13.
The scoop: Utah is 0-6 in Los Angeles against UCLA.
UCLA 42, Utah 28.

#14 Stanford (3-1) at #9 Notre Dame (4-0)
The Line: Notre Dame by 2.
The scoop: Stanford’s red zone offense and special teams are nothing to brag out and that could be their undoing against the Irish.
Notre Dame 24, Stanford 21.

#19 Nebraska (5-0, 1-0 Big 10) at #10 Michigan State (3-1)
The Line: Michigan State by 7.5.
The scoop: Make no mistake about it, these are the conference’s two best teams.
Michigan State 27, Nebraska 24.

Vanderbilt (1-4, 0-3 SEC) at #13 Georgia (3-1, 1-1 SEC)
The Line: Georgia by 33.5.
The scoop: Chances Vanderbilt does a repeat from last year and beats the Bulldogs: Zero.
Georgia 48, Vanderbilt 7.

#15 Arizona State (3-1, 1-1 Pac-12) at #16 USC (3-1, 2-0 Pac-12)
The Line: USC by 12.
The scoop: Only two teams have been penalized more than Oregon State this season.
USC 35, Arizona State 27.

#17 Wisconsin (3-1) at Northwestern (2-2, 1-0 Big Ten)
The Line: Wisconsin by 8.
The scoop: Which Northwestern team shows up: The one that dismantled Penn State or the one that lost to Northern Illinois.
Wisconsin 31, Northwestern 20.

#20 Ohio State (3-1) at Maryland (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten)
The Line: Ohio State by 8.5.
The scoop: First-ever meeting in football.
Ohio State 38, Maryland 23.

Iowa State (1-3, 0-2 Big 12) at #21 Oklahoma State (3-1, 1-0 Big 12)
The Line: Oklahoma State by 17.
The scoop: Oklahoma State has scored 20 or more points in 56 straight games.
Oklahoma State 44, Iowa State 17.

SMU (0-3) at #22 East Carolina (3-1)
The Line: East Carolina by 41.
The scoop: This week’s glorified practice.
East Carolina 65, SMU 3.

Texas Tech (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) at #23 Kansas State (3-1, 1-0 Big 12)
The Line: Kansas State by 12.5.
The scoop: Tech leads the series 8-6, but has lost three straight to the Wildcats.
Kansas State 40, Texas Tech 16.
Idle: #24 Missouri (4-1)

Julia’s Picks:

Stanford vs. Notre Dame
Everett Golson has lost only one game as the starting quarterback of Notre Dame (to Alabama in the National Championship) so I think he will be key in the Irish beating Stanford. . . . . as long as he doesn’t turn the ball over four times like last week. Pick: Notre Dame

Alabama vs. Ole Miss
Ole Miss is a good team, but they’re not quite at the Alabama level yet. I am going to take Blake Sims over Bo Wallace. Pick: Bama

Nebraska vs. Michigan State
I’m starting to think that the success of the Nebraska team rests solely on Ameer Abdullah. He is amazing, but Michigan State is the more complete team. Pick: Michigan State

Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State
I look forward to seeing if Texas A&M can find some run defense to stop Dak Prescott and Josh Robinson. I think Kenny Trill and A&M will take advantage of some holes in State’s secondary and get a very close win. Pick: Texas A&M

LSU vs Auburn
Sometimes crazy things happen in the SEC West. Most of those times, Les Miles is involved. Pick: LSU

 

Last week:
Straight up: 16-2
Against the spread: 9-8-1

Overall:
Straight up: 82-11
Against the spread: 39-38-2

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~ by Scooby Axson on October 2, 2014.

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