This weekend was probably the most "normal" of all weekends in college football this season. The Bunkhouse did nicely picking the winner this weekend at 6-1 (46-9), but once again the odds makers would have earned their cash as I bat above .500 at only 4-3 (14-10) against the spread.
Boston College was exposed, and the favored teams pretty much handled business. Let's see how the SEC contributed to the normalcy campaign in week 10.
-I really thought Vanderbilt would give the Gators something on which to chew, but.....NOPE!
The Gators dominated everything but time of possession in the 49-22 romp in The Swamp.
Vandy still needs a win to get bowl bound, and the road isn't getting any easier.
-Auburn pulled the offensive starters after getting up 21-3 in the early second quarter, and the Tiger back ups tacked on another 14 to end the game at 35-3. Nothing statistically impressive to talk about in this game, but the Plainsmen may have a new back up QB because of an impressive performance from sophomore, Blake Fields.
-I just wasn't paying attention to Troy's season when I made the pick for UGA to cover the 16 1/2 point spread. Troy is good, and they've proved it so far when playing the big boys.
The Trojans won the total yardage battle 488-465, and time of possession. They ended up -1 in turnovers with 4 to Georgia's 3, but this Moreno guy (whom I had not heard of before last week)
decided he would go for 196 yards and 3 touchdowns in the 44-34 win.
Georgia put into overdrive in the 2nd quarter and kept the Trojans at arms length the rest of the day, and Georgia will try to get some respect for their top 10 ranking when the host Auburn next week.
-Tennessee won walking away, 59-7, but there's an interesting stat line that should concern all Volunteer fans: 234 rushing yards were posted on the Vol defense by Louisiana-Lafayette.
Our next break down will tell you why that number is important.
-The Gamecocks have done so well this year against teams who like to run the ball, and I thought their defense would be fine against the Razorback runners.....WRONG.
In a very clean game (no turnovers, very few penalties) the offenses went "ape" on 'The Hill' with the Spurrier air attack posting 364 yards (489 total) and 36 points. If you gave me those stats alone on Friday, I would have told you the Gamecocks would win a turnoverless ball game with 36 points.....NOT SO FAST, my friend.
Although Darren McHeisman might be over-hyped ;) he still ran for 321 yards while Felix Jones went for another 166 en route to 542 rushing yards in the 48-36 Panzer Blitzkrieg rolling over the very Polish-looking SC defense.
This Razorback rushing attack punished Tennessee in Fayetteville a year ago. They draw them again this year in Neyland Stadium, but the Vol defense looks much, much worse than a year ago. The Razorback defense isn't so hot either, but this is the message that should be sent going into Nov. 10th:
Vol fans, be afraid. Be very afraid.
-I told you the Rebels wouldn't cover, and they didn't in their 38-31 win over Northwestern State. Yes, there really is a school named Northwestern State.
Ole Miss got tooled in total yards, 499-387. Maybe the Rebels were putting in "the strings" a little earlier after leading 17-0, but NWSU didn't give up and ended up with a chance to win with less than a minute to go.
Ole Miss, you're pathetic.
-Here we go, Bama fans. Let's breakdown the loss and begin the healing process, and let me begin with this: You should have NEVER been in the game in the first place.
Florida and Auburn are the only teams that have gone toe-to-toe with LSU all season. Had the Bayou Bengals lost, it would not have been because J.P. Wilson is a stud and the Bama defense was stout. Here's why I say that.....
Total Yards: LSU 475 Bama 254
Passing: LSU 388 Bama 234 (Wilson- 14 of 40)
Rushing: LSU 87 Bama 20.........20, and that's all. 6 sacks will do that.
Penalties: LSU 14-130 Bama 2-15
Turnovers: LSU 3 Bama 2
T.O.P: LSU 33:17 Bama 26:43
LSU shot themselves in the foot all day long, and still found a way to win 41-34. Give credit to the Tide for staying with them, but LSU just has the ball bouncing their way this season. They'll have a chance to run the table and hold on to the No.2 spot and beat the crap out of a very lackadaisical Buckeye team should the status quo go unchanged.
Bama gears up for Mississippi State and Auburn here late in the season, and will have the chance to break the five game losing streak to the"cow town " that Coach Saban was hired to end.
Week 11 Games of Interest
Watch: Arkansas at Tennessee, Auburn at Georgia, Kansas at Oklahoma State (if you like offense)
Tevo: Kentucky at Vanderbilt, Alabama at Mississippi State
Don't Buy the Hype: USC at Cal, Louisville at West Virginia, Michigan at Wisconsin