Scooby’s scoop: Week 13, 2015

The Case for Notre Dame and Oklahoma

Notre Dame simply does not have the impressive wins when comparing them to other teams that could potentially get into the playoffs. Of course, the Irish can hope for Oklahoma to lose to Oklahoma State, but Notre Dame not only needs to beat Stanford, but they need to blow them out for them to stake their claim to the playoffs. A two-point loss to Clemson or comparing Oklahoma’s loss to Texas and their win against the Longhorns just doesn’t hold up in any argument. Just turn on the television and watch how both teams are playing should be the final barometer.

The Sooners, on the other hand, are a bit of a mystery. They can beat Oklahoma State and all but secure a place in the playoff, but they better have quarterback Baker Mayfield playing. The Sooners fell apart last week against TCU when Mayfield left the game because of a head injury and nothing would suggest that Trevor Knight is capable of stepping up and winning a game.

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

Week 13

Friday, Nov. 27

#3 Iowa (11-0, 7-0 Big 10) at Nebraska (5-6, 3-4 Big 10)
The Line: Iowa by 2.5.
The scoop: Iowa has one more week before they hit reality.
Iowa 30, Nebraska 24.

#16 Navy (9-1, 7-0 AAC) at #21 Houston (10-1, 6-1 AAC)
The Line: Houston by 1.
The scoop: This is a battle for non-Power 5 supremacy and an AAC title game berth.
Navy 35, Houston 31.

Oregon State (2-9, 0-8 Pac-12) at #18 Oregon (8-3, 6-2 Pac-12)
The Line: Oregon by 35.5.
The scoop: This week’s glorified scrimmage
Oregon 55, Oregon State 16.

#20 Washington State (8-3, 6-2 Pac-12) at Washington (5-6, 3-5 Pac-12)
The Line: No Line.
The scoop: Washington State is next to last in the NCAA in rushing yards per game.
Washington 33, Washington State 30.

Western Michigan (6-5, 5-2 MAC) at #24 Toledo (9-1, 6-1 MAC)
The Line: Toledo by 8.
The scoop: A Toledo victory sets up a matchup with Bowling Green in the MAC Championship.
Toledo 31, Western Michigan 28.

Saturday, Nov. 28

#1 Clemson (11-0) at South Carolina (3-8)
The Line: Clemson by 17.5.
The scoop: Last week, South Carolina lost to The Citadel….that is all.
Clemson 44, South Carolina 21.

#2 Alabama (10-1, 6-1 SEC) at Auburn (6-5, 2-5 SEC)  
The Line: Alabama by 13.
The scoop: Derrick Henry is licking his chops at a chance to run against the porous Auburn defense.
Alabama 31, Auburn 13.

#4 Notre Dame (10-1) at #13 Stanford (9-2, 8-1 Pac-12)
The Line: Stanford by 4.
The scoop: Notre Dame’s last chance to impress the playoff committee.
Stanford 35, Notre Dame 28.

#5 Oklahoma (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) at #9 Oklahoma State (10-1, 7-1 Big 12)
The Line: Oklahoma by 7.
The scoop: If Baker Mayfield plays bad, the Sooners will lose. It’s that simple.
Oklahoma 40, Oklahoma State 35.

Penn State (7-4, 4-3 Big 10) at #6 Michigan State (10-1, 6-1 Big 10)
The Line: Michigan State by11.
The scoop: Sparty wraps the Big 10 East with a victory.
Michigan State 27, Penn State 20.

#7 Baylor (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) at #15 TCU (9-1, 6-1 Big 12)
The Line: TCU by 2.
The scoop: Baylor is again down a quarterback. That might be the difference in the game.
TCU 41, Baylor 37.

#8 Ohio State (10-1, 6-1 Big 10) at #12 Michigan (9-2, 6-1 Big 10)
The Line: Pick
The scoop: The Buckeyes have won 11 of the last 13 games in the series.
Ohio State 27, Michigan 24.

#14 Florida State (9-2) at #10 Florida (10-1)
The Line: Florida State by 2.5.
The scoop: It’s absurd that FSU’s Dalvin Cook is not a Doak Walker finalist.
Florida State 24, Florida 20.

#11 North Carolina (10-1, 7-0 ACC) at North Carolina State (7-4, 3-4 ACC)
The Line: North Carolina by 6.
The scoop: Don’t look now, Carolina has a chance to get into the playoff..albeit a slim chance.
North Carolina 30, NC State 27.

#19 Ole Miss (8-3, 5-2 SEC) at #23 Mississippi State (8-3, 4-3 SEC)
The Line: Ole Miss by 1.
The scoop: Only the 6th time both teams are ranked for the Egg Bowl.
Mississippi State 41, Ole Miss 38.

#17 Northwestern (9-2, 5-2 Big 10) at Illinois (5-6, 2-5 Big 10)
The Line: Northwestern by 4.
The scoop: This 109th meeting between the schools is for the Land of Lincoln trophy.
Northwestern 24, Illinois 14.

#22 UCLA (8-3, 5-3 Pac-12) at USC (7-4, 5-3 Pac-12)
The Line: USC by 3.
The scoop: Winners claims the Pac-12 South.
UCLA 34, USC 28.

Connecticut (6-5, 4-3 AAC) at #25 Temple (9-2, 6-1 AAC)
The Line: Temple by 13.
The scoop: Temple looks for first 10-win season since 1979.
Temple 37, Connecticut 17.

Last week:
Straight up: 13-5
Against the spread: 4-9-1

Straight up: 187-51
Against the spread: 98-123-4


~ by Scooby Axson on November 26, 2015.

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