Friday, November 16, 2012

A Disturbing Week in College Football

A disturbing week in college football.

Take Kansas State. Did you know Colin Klein didn’t kiss his wife until they were married? Also he plays the Mandolin. Still your Heisman front-runner?

Or USC and UCLA urging sportsmanship? Is this a rivalry or a friendly croquet competition? (Sidebar: I proudly own a croquet set and enjoy a good match.)

Or Wisconsin…where the Badgers will face the top two teams in the ironically named Leaders Division, but the outcomes don’t matter! Lose both and a 7-5 Badgers team will still be in Indianapolis for the title! Stop the madness.

Last week:
Straight up: 3-2
ATS: 2-2-1

Its rough out there, I tells ya.

Utah State (8-2, 4-0) at Louisiana Tech (9-1, 4-0) 3 p.m. ESPN 3.
This is what happens when no one pays attention to the Game of the Week email.

Winner is likely the WAC champion.  Louisiana Tech plays fast- 87 plays per game fast. They average an insane 53 points per game. They are first in the nation in offense at 576 ypg. They also give up 36 ppg. It’s the closest thing we have to basketball on grass.

Utah State is no slouch at 35 ppg. They are fairly balanced.  

The Line: Utah State by 3.5 points. Hmm.
The Pick: I’ll go the other way. LaTech 41 UtSt. 38.

Wake Forest (5-5, 3-5) at #3 Notre Dame (10-0) 2:30 p.m. NBC
I’ll tell you what’s waking up the echos…an undefeated Notre Dame not playing for the national championship. The Gipper, the Four Horsemen, Rudy, they’re coming for the BCS…all of ‘em.

With a victory, Notre Dame goes undefeated at home for the first time since 1998. It’s been anything but easy for the Irish though. Notre Dame has gone to overtime twice at home, including against Pitt.

It was 24-17 Notre Dame a year ago in North Carolina. The Demon Deacons, while not being a real thing, also need to win both games for bowl eligibility. I wouldn’t buy that plane ticket just yet, as WF is 113th in total offense.

The Line: A 24-point spread for the Golden Domers says Vegas believes.

The Pick: Irish win, but not by 24.  ND 24 WF 10.

#13 Stanford  (8-2, 6-1) at #2 Oregon (10-0, 7-0) 7 p.m. ABC
For first place in the PAC-12 North and for Oregon a chance to keep their national championship hopes alive.

Stanford beat Oregon State last week 27-23.  Stanford has a very good defense and a respectable offense. That won’t be enough in Autzen Stadium.

Oregon is an unreal 32-2 in conference games under Chip Kelly. The nation’s top scoring offense is in high gear with a 59-17 victory over CAL.

Only hiccup might be the 70% chance of rain.

The Line: Oregon by 20.5

The Pick: Lets go Oregon 41 Stanford 20.

#1 Kansas State (10-0, 7-0) at Baylor (4-5, 1-5) 7 p.m. ESPN
Finishing our look at the unbeaten teams.

Colin Klein will beat you with his arms and his legs. He really won’t need to though because Baylor doesn’t play defense. I’m not even sure they have a defensive coordinator. If they do, he should be fired.

This should be a shootout if K-State cannot stop Baylor. Baylor has the 2nd ranked offense and 7th scoring offense in the nation.

The Line: ‘Cats by 13.

The Pick:  Baylor will play with them. Wildcats 45 Baylor 35.

#5 Harding (9-1, 8-1) at #4 Northwest Missouri State (9-2, 8-2). Noon.
Playoff football. That’s the way to go. NCAA Division II first round game in the  ‘Ville. Bearcats will have to pick themselves up after losing the MIAA to Western. Shouldn’t be a problem, win and you get another chance at the Griffons.

Harding runs a triple option offense that rarely throws and even more rarely completes the pass. They play in the Great American Conference which some say (code: me) is suspect competition.

The Bearcats are led by a good defense and boast a versatile offense with Trevor Adams. RB Jordan Simmons is out with a broken arm, which should slow the Bearcats some.

Bearcats have seen triple option before and unless Harding is a lot quicker than I think they are, Cats can handle it.

The Line:  No line, but I’d guess Northwest by 3 because of home field advantage.

The Pick: C-A-T-S, Cats, Cats, Cats. Northwest 31 Harding 17.

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