Scooby’s Scoop, 2014: Week 10

Rankings mean nothing

With the release of the first ever College Football Playoff rankings and the sheer excitement of four-team scramble to the national championship, the Scoop gives you three thoughts about the initial rankings.

Who is underrated? No one. You can say Notre Dame. but seriously what have they done except beat a Stanford team that can’t score and lose to Florida State. The committee doesn’t give credit for losing unless you are….wait for it…an SEC team. Ole Miss lost to LSU last week, but beat Alabama so that’s why they are sitting at No. 4.

Who is overrated? No one. That’s because it makes no sense to even go there when most teams have four or five games left in the schedule. Come back at the end of November to find out who will really get screwed….here’s looking at you, Big Ten. Michigan State or Ohio State could run the table, but there will be two glaring weaknesses on their resumes. Ohio State was drubbed at home by a Virginia Tech team that is currently 4-4 and the Spartans were blown out at Oregon in early September.

Overall thoughts: It makes sense that the Southeastern Conference is well represented in the first playoff rankings, because they are represented in every other poll that’s out there. You can pretty much bank that the conference will have two teams in the four-team playoff.

By the numbers:

-1: Rushing yards combined between Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss in Tech’s 31-20 win on Saturday. The teams combined for 801 total yards of offense.

5: Lost fumbles by Pittsburgh in the first quarter of Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech, tying an NCAA record.

192.18: Passer rating of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota so far this season. The NCAA record is 191.78 set in 2011 by Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson.

 

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

Week 10

#2 Florida State (7-0, 4-0 ACC) at Louisville (6-2, 4-2 ACC)
The Line: Florida State by 3.5.
The scoop: Trap game, trap game, trap game.
Florida State 27, Louisville 21.

Arkansas (4-4, 0-4 SEC) at #1 Mississippi State (7-0, 4-0 SEC)
The Line: Mississippi State by 10.5.
The scoop: This isn’t the week that Arkansas snaps its 14-game SEC losing streak.
Mississippi State 34, Arkansas 20.

#4 Auburn (6-1, 3-1 SEC) at #7 Ole Miss (7-1, 4-1 SEC)
The Line: Ole Miss by 2.
The scoop: Ole Miss is the only team in the nation that has yet to allow 20 points to any opponent this season.
Ole Miss 20, Auburn 14.

Stanford (5-3, 3-2 Pac-12) at #5 Oregon (7-1, 4-1 Pac-12)
The Line: Oregon by 8.
The scoop: Oregon has lost two straight to the Cardinal.
Oregon 31, Stanford 21.

#6 Notre Dame (6-1) at Navy (4-4)
The Line: Notre Dame by 14.
The scoop: Navy has wins in the three of the past seven meetings after losing 43 straight to the Irish before that.
Notre Dame 38, Navy 17.

Florida (3-3, 2-3 SEC) at #9 Georgia (6-1, 4-1 SEC)
The Line: Georgia by 13.
The scoop: The pink slip for Florida head coach Will Muschamp is just waiting to be delivered.
Georgia 35, Florida 10.

#10 TCU (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) at #20 West Virginia (6-2, 4-1 Big 12)
The Line: TCU by 5.5.
The scoop: This week’s 4-hour, 800-plus yard marathon.
TCU 45, West Virginia 42.

Oklahoma State (5-3, 3-2 Big 12) at #11 Kansas State (6-1, 4-0 Big 12)
The Line: Kansas State by 14.
The scoop: Oklahoma State has lost five straight to Top 25 teams.
Kansas State 30, Oklahoma State 14.

Kansas (2-5, 0-4 Big 12) at #12 Baylor (6-1, 3-1 Big 12)
The Line: Baylor by 36.
The scoop: This week’s glorified practice.
Baylor 58, Kansas 15.

Illinois (4-4, 1-3 Big Ten) at #13 Ohio State (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten)
The Line: Ohio State by 28.
The scoop: This week’s glorified practice, part 2.
Ohio State 45, Illinois 13.

#14 Arizona (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) at #25 UCLA (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12)
The Line: UCLA by 6.5.
The scoop: The loser can kiss their Pac-12 dreams goodbye.
UCLA 31, Arizona 28.

#18 Utah (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) at #15 Arizona State (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12)
The Line: Arizona State by 5.5.
The scoop: See above.
Arizona State 28, Utah 24.

Purdue (3-5, 1-3 Big Ten) at #17 Nebraska (7-1, 3-1 Big 10)
The Line: Nebraska by 23.5.
The scoop: Nebraska only allows opponents to convert 29 percent of its third-down conversions.
Nebraska 44, Purdue 20.

#19 Oklahoma (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) at Iowa State (2-5, 0-4 Big 12)
The Line: Oklahoma by 16.5.
The scoop: Once again, there is an APB out of the Trevor Knight that played in the Sugar Bowl.
Oklahoma 37, Iowa State 27.

#21 East Carolina (6-1, 3-0 AAC) at Temple (4-3, 2-2 AAC)
The Line: East Carolina by 7.
The scoop: First meeting between the schools in 19 years.
East Carolina 38, Temple 28.

#24 Duke (6-1, 2-1 ACC) at Pittsburgh (4-4, 2-2 ACC)
The Line: Pittsburgh by 2.5.
The scoop: Only Pittsburgh could be a favorite after that pitiful turnover fest they displayed against Georgia Tech last week.
Duke 28, Pittsburgh 27.

Julia’s picks:

Mississippi State vs. Arkansas
Mississippi State didn’t exactly spank Kentucky last week, but Arkansas couldn’t buy an SEC win if they wanted to.
Pick: Mississippi State

TCU vs. West Virginia
Whatever you do, take the over! I give a very slight advantage to TCU.
Pick: TCU

UCLA vs. Arizona
UCLA started this season as the favorite to win the Pac-12, but they haven’t beaten a Pac-12 team at the Rose Bowl this year.
Pick: Arizona

Arizona State vs. Utah
Arizona State’s defense has finally arrived, and it might be the little extra something they’ve been needing.
Pick: Arizona State

Auburn vs. Ole Miss
We got a long hard look at “Bad Bo” last weekend and I don’t think he would show up twice in two weeks. Right?
Pick: Ole Miss

Week 10 idle: #3 Alabama (6-1), #8 Michigan State (7-1), #16 LSU (6-2), #22 Clemson (6-2), #23 Marshall (8-0)

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

Overall:
Straight up: 131-29
Against the spread: 68-72-5

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~ by Scooby Axson on October 30, 2014.

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