The Weekly Scoreboard: So Close, LSU

Matthew Stockman

6-2 this week which is nice, but someone else went a perfect 8-0.

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After a near two-month long slump I climb out of the ashes with a solid 6-2 week. Too bad IrishColts17 looks at that score and laughs maniacally by posting a perfect 8-0 record for week 10.

Savannah_Domer maintains his overall lead and pushes it to two games.

Recap:

1) Oklahoma 35 at Iowa State 20

Winner: Oklahoma (-11.5)

75% picked correctly

This was a nice little bounce back game for the Sooners. They notched 593 yards and continued their domination in Ames, Iowa. Oklahoma moves to 6-2 on the season.

2) Texas A&M 38 at Miss State 13

Winner: Texas A&M (-6.5)

78% picked correctly

So much for Mississippi State's strong season---that's back-to-back blowout losses for them. The legend of Johnny Football continues with a 300-yard passing and 100-yard rushing performance.

3) Texas 31 at Texas Tech 22

Winner: Texas (+6.5)

16% picked correctly

Can anyone figure out this Texas team? Can we now admit that Texas Tech really isn't any good?

Yet there are the Red Raiders hanging on at No. 25 in the AP poll and even higher in the BCS standings.

4) Pittsburgh 26 at Notre Dame 29

Winner: Pittsburgh (+16.5)

34% picked correctly

That spread looks awfully large after the fact.

5) Clemson 56 at Duke 20

Winner: Clemson (-12.5)

91% picked correctly

Doesn't it seem weird that Notre Dame was favored more over Pitt than Clemson was over Duke? Dabo & Co. had no problem dispatching the Blue Devils with a productive 718 total yards.

6) Oregon 62 at USC 51

Winner: Oregon (-8.5)

66% picked correctly

By about the third quarter in this game Oregon was seemingly breaking school records for both teams on every snap. Not to be out done, the Trojans put up some numbers themselves.

But 730 yards on a USC defense? Yikes.

7) Oklahoma State 30 at Kansas State 44

Winner: Kansas State (-8.5)

59% picked correctly

5 turnovers killed the Cowboys who have quietly struggled this season without a couple offensive superstars.

Kansas State lost quarterback Collin Klein to a concussion late in the game so keep an eye on that situation.

8) Alabama 21 at LSU 17

Winner: LSU (+8.5)

44% picked correctly

LSU had it. They played a great game against Alabama. The win was there. Then they blew it.

That's a tough loss for LSU, but in SEC-parlance it's not really a loss at all.

Opponent Watch:

  • Florida International 17 at Navy 24

That's 5 straight wins for Navy as they move to 6-3 on the season. That probably means coach Ken Niumatalololololo isn't going anywhere any time soon. I think I'm okay with that.

  • Penn State 34 at Purdue 9

Way to get blown off the field Purdue! Did this team mentally collapse after playing in South Bend or what? The Boilers are now 3-6 and have lost all 5 of their Big Ten games.

  • Nebraska 28 at Michigan State 24

Should we have seen this season coming for Michigan State? I thought they'd struggle but now they've fallen to 5-5 and 2-4 in league play. That's really, really bad.

Sparty is determined to torpedo Notre Dame's strength of schedule.

  • Michigan 35 at Minnesota 13

It wasn't pretty but the Wolverines proved they can beat poor Minnesota without the Nard.

Quarterback Devin Gardner moved from wide receiver and settled down to have a nice game after a slow start.

  • Virginia Tech 12 at Miami 30

The Canes snapped a 3-game skid and took down a reeling Va Tech program.

Miami moves to 5-4 and 4-2 in ACC play.

  • Stanford 48 at Colorado 0

The Cardinals have won 3 straight since losing in South Bend. They're now 7-2 and 5-1 in Pac-12 play.

Oh by the way, Colorado was held to 76 total yards in this game.

  • BYU had a bye week
  • Boston College 14 at Wake Forest 28

Two future Irish opponents played each other. BC falls to 2-7 on the season while Wake gets over .500 with a 5-4 record.

The Early Lines for This Week's Big E Picks:

Louisville (-2.5) at Syracuse

Oregon State (+4.5) at Stanford

Penn State (+7.5) at Nebraska

Texas A&M (+13.5) at Alabama

Mississippi State (+14.5) at LSU

Kansas State (TBD) at TCU

Notre Dame (-19.5) at Boston College

Oregon (-27.5) at California

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