Thursday, September 1, 2011

PAC 12 vs SEC GOTW

In our continuing effort to expand our college football coverage, the crew at Productive Sweatpants will be bringing you games of the week from multiple conferences. Today, you get a combo deal in the PAC 12 and SEC GOTW.

Arguably the biggest game this weekend is the (4) LSU Tigers "hosting" (3) Oregon Ducks in the Jerry Dome in Dallas at 8:00 ET on Saturday night.

Quick side note: Why are all the good games on at night? I mean really? Couldn't the TV guys spread them out a little? Makes no sense but what ever.

So Oregon rolls into Dallas in it's first game since the National Championship game a year ago. They return about half of their starting line up from a year ago. But JR QB Derron Thomas and JR RB LaMichael James return on last seasons number one overall offense and are both in the early Heisman conversation.

Defensively it maybe a different story as they lost 6 starters on the 34th ranked defense. But Oregon's defense has always relied on it's offense to keep them off the field. If they can continue what they did last season, they should be fine as the new guys find their way.

LSU is reeling a bit from the recent offseason troubles. Projected starter Jordan Jefferson will not be making the start. Instead The Hat is giving the reins to former starter Jarred Lee. And with the Russell Shepard suspension it leaves the 86th ranked offense in 2010 reeling a bit.

Although, LSU has typically relied on it's defense more to keep things even for them. They bring back seven starters to last year's 12th ranked defense. Ryan Baker SR LB, returns to lead the defense and will look to keep the Ducks from flying too high.

Both of these teams had their off season issues, but I think Oregon came out on the better comparatively. I also think the Ducks have a little something to prove against the SEC and maybe the Nation. I look for Chip Kelly to have the team focused and ready. I also think this is the year that things kind of fall apart for The Hat.

Vegas Glance: Oregon -3.5. This thing is kind of all over the place right now. I've seen the Ducks -1 and on up to -4. Not to mention the line started at LSU -3. So who knows. Which means, I'd jump on it. And I would take OU at -1 if you can get it. But I still think -4 is a solid bet.

Elsewhere in the leagues:

PAC 12
Montana St at Utah - Thurs 8:00 pm ET
UC Davis at Arizona St - Thurs 10:00 pm ET
Minnesota at (25) USC - Sat 3:30 pm ET (preview)
UCLA at Houston - Sat 3:30 pm ET
Sacramento St at Oregon St - Sat 4:00 pm ET
San Jose St at (7) Stanford - Sat 5:00 pm ET
Idaho St at Washington St - Sat 5:00 pm ET
Fresno St at Cal - Sat 7:00 pm ET
E. Washington at Washington - Sat 7:00 pm ET
N. Arizona vs Arizona - Sat 10:00 pm ET
Colorado at Hawaii - Sat 10:15 pm ET

SEC
(20) Miss St at Memphis - Thurs 8:00 pm ET
Kentucky at W. Kentucky - Thurs 9:15 pm ET
Utah St at (23) Auburn - Sat 12:00 pm ET
Kent St at (2) Alabama - Sat 12:20 pm ET
BYU at Ol Miss - Sat 4:45 pm ET
Montana at Tennessee - Sat 6:00 pm ET
Missouri St at (15) Arkansas - Sat 7:00 pm ET
Florida Atlantic at (22) Florida - Sat 7:00 pm ET
East Carolina at (12) South Carolina - Sat 7:00 pm ET
Elon at Vanderbilt - Sat 7:30 pm ET
(5) Boise St at (19) Georgia - Sat 8:00 pm ET



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