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The Weekly Scoreboard: Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good

Having .500 weeks isn't going to cut it.

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Real strong week 6 from almost everybody, so congratulations are in order.

All but 9 contestants were .500 or above with TLNDMA, Alairish, and pburns2010 catching fire as the week 6 leaders with impressive 7-1 records.

Savannah_Domer's reign atop the leaderboard has ended for the time being but there's nothing wrong with an off week and still being in 2nd place.

Heading in to Stanford Week, we have a tie for 1st overall between cranked_irish and WorstRayEver. Good job fellas, you're doing pretty, pretty, pretty good.

The Big E over here continues to wallow in mediocrity with a 4-4 week, which just isn't going to cut it. At this point I'm just praying I don't finish last in my own damn pick 'em contest.


1) LSU 6 At Florida 14

Winner: Florida (+2.5)

69% picked correctly

Florida's offense was abysmal in the 1st half to LSU's poor offense, but the Gators got things in gear (relative to this game of course) and scored 2 touchdowns in the second half to upset the Tigers.

LSU, with its chesty quarterback, managed just 200 yards of offense and went 1 for 13 on third down. I think we know why Leslie Miles really wanted Gunner Kiel this year.

2) Iowa State 37 at TCU 23

Winner: Iowa State (+7.5)

34% picked correctly

Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. Remember those things, Irish fans? TCU outgained Iowa State by 105 yards but coughed it up 5 times and were sent to their grave on Saturday with a late 4th quarter pick six.

The Horned Frogs fall to 1-1 in their first year of Big 12 play.

3) Oklahoma 41 at Texas Tech 20

Winner: Oklahoma (-5.5)

71% picked correctly

Finally the Oklahoma Sooners pick up a victory in Lubbock. On the back of 3 interceptions, OU cruised to a victory after a pick six made it 38-13 in the middle of the third quarter.

The Sooners' offense still isn't in high gear yet. Only 380 total yards and just a decent game from Landry Jones & Co. is going to keep Irish fans believing a victory in Norman is possible, which it may very well be.

4) Georgia 7 at South Carolina 35

Winner: South Carolina (PK)

63% picked correctly

Connor Shaw went into Denard Robinson mode and completed just 6 passes for 162 yards and 2 touchdowns. On the other side, Aaron Murray laid a giant egg. Did you know Murray is just 6'1"? Would you take him in the 1st round of the NFL draft right now?

I'm quite surprised with South Carolina right now, mad props to the Ol' Ball Coach. I'd say they are a legitimate national title contender right now and great pick to make the SEC title game, but it's unfortunate that they have LSU and Florida coming in back-to-back weeks. That's going to be tough to get through unscathed.

5) West Virginia 48 at Texas 45

Winner: West Virginia (+6.5)

74% picked correctly

How dare 26% of you go against Geno Smith!

Four more TD's and still no picks brings the Heisman favorite's stat line to 81.4% accuracy, 1,996 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Bet against him at your own peril.

6) Miami 3 at Notre Dame 41

Winner: Notre Dame (-12.5)

63% picked correctly

Do I keep picking the Irish to not cover again this week? It's been working wonders!

7) Nebraska 38 at Ohio State 63

Winner: Ohio State (-3.5)

54% picked correctly

An offensive shootout between these two teams? Welcome to 2012.

A pick six, punt return for TD, and a school-record 186 rushing yards by Braxton Miller (on just 16 attempts no less) carried the Buckeyes to this comfortable victory.

It's looking more and more likely that Ohio State could very well go 12-0 and sit out the postseason.

8) Washington 21 at Oregon 52

Winner: Oregon (-24.5)

34% picked correctly

Ho hum, just another easy victory for Oregon who continue to make it look...easy.

Washington almost covered but just couldn't get the job done. I'm surprised that this many people picking against the Ducks, and I was one of them too.

Opponent Watch:

  • Navy 28 at Air Force 21

The Middies move to 2-3 with a wild overtime victory over the Falcons. Navy scored the game-winning touchdown after fumbling near the goal line, but having a guard recover it in the end zone.

Air Force notched 507 yards but were killed by 3 turnovers to zero for Navy.

  • Michigan 44 at Purdue 13

Denard Robinson accounted for all but 69 of Michigan's total yards as the Wolverines blew out Purdue. UM held the Boilers to just 213 yards so maybe their defense is pretty solid this year.

  • Michigan State 31 at Indiana 27

State trailed 17-0 in this game but shutout Indiana in the second half to come back from behind and hang on for the much-too-close win.

  • Arizona 48 at Stanford 54

Both teams racked up an identical 617 yards and Arizona did lead this one 48-34 in the middle of the 4th quarter. However, Stanford rallied for two late touchdowns and ultimately an overtime winning score by Stepfan Taylor.

  • Utah State 3 at BYU 6

The Cougars scored just one touchdown (PAT failed) and controlled this game but their offense just cannot put points on the board. Pretty stingy defense from BYU though.

  • Pittsburgh 13 at Syracuse 14

Syracuse absolutely shut down Pitt's running game (27 yards on 37 carries---60 yards on 28 carries minus sacks) and raced out to a 14-0 1st quarter lead which they held on to down the stretch.

Pitt is now 2-3 and 0-2 in Big East play.

  • Boston College 31 at Army 34

BC is finding new ways to reach rock bottom as they fall to 1-4 while giving up 595 yards and 516(!!!) yards rushing to the powerhouse of Army.

The Eagles have a really good shot at going 1-11 this year.

  • Wake Forest 14 at Maryland 19

In a defensive slugfest---dear God these offenses are bad---the Demon Deacons dropped their 3rd ACC game this season. Is it possible that Randy Esdall is starting to Do Good Things™ in College Park?

  • USC 38 at Utah 28

The Trojans were sloppy early but came alive after a couple series and controlled this game the whole way. Matt Barkley had a strong night as did receiver Marqise Lee (12 receptions, 192 yards, 1 TD) who has been in full Beast Mode this season.

Early Lines for This Week's Big E Picks:

Louisville (-3.5) at Pittsburgh

Kansas State (-6.5) at Iowa State

Texas (+2.5) at Oklahoma

Alabama (-21.5) at Missouri

West Virginia (-4.5) at Texas Tech

Oregon State (+2.5) at BYU

Stanford (+9.5) at Notre Dame

South Carolina (+2.5) at LSU