Week 7 Recap: Week 7 was a week of blowouts across all my picks. Wisconsin lost by double digits to Michigan as I predicted, and LSU crushed Georgia. However, Oklahoma State and Hawaii both got clobbered. Of those, LSU crushing a playoff contender in Georgia is probably the most surprising. However there are two reasons LSU won this game. First, trailing by 3, Georgia tried a fake field goal. Now, I know Les Miles is no longer the coach at LSU, but the Mad Hatter basically invented the fake field goal. To try to run it on his old team is one of the dumbest things you can do as a coach. Obviously, Kirby outSmarted himself with the play call and it was stuffed with ease. LSU never looked back, jumping out to a 16-0 halftime lead, before winning 36-16 and pounding Georgia for 275 rushing yards. The 2nd reason, and the big surprise of the game, other than the scoreline, was the re-apparance of a certain controversial song that the LSU band is “supposedly”banned from playing. For the unfamiliar, the song is called âNeck” and I’ll let you decide if it is ban-worthy (more to come on this song in a later blog ..).Â
My Betting Record: 3-2. Against the Spread I was 2-2, with the over hitting on Michigan and Wisconsin after Wisconsin got a garbage time TD pushing my prediction record to 3-2. At least they were good for something. I also went 2-1 on my College Gameday prediction threads, with Corso picking the Badgers and a lengthy discussion if Texas is back (still not back according to most of the crew), but there was no segment on Shea Patterson.
Betting Picks: 3-2
Gameday Picks: 2-1
Week 8 Preview
College Gameday Preview: COLLEGE GAMEDAY IS AT WASHINGTON STATE! THIS IS NOT A DRILL!!!Â
But seriously, I know Gameday can be painful to watch. 3 hours of either cheesy or sappy segments about players and teams you mostly donât care about. This week is worth watching. The Pullman City Council has declared a state of emergency for Saturday as Gameday is in Pullman for the first time EVER. For those who havenât watched Gameday in the last 15 years (what are you doing with your life?), a Washington State flag has been flying in the crowd for 217 straight weeks. It all started in September 2003, when Wazzu alum Tom Pounds decided to drive 700 miles from Albuquerque to Austin to wave his homemade Wazzu Ol’ Crimson flag, hoping to entice Gameday to go to Pullman. He then sent the flag to another alum to wave the flag in Madison, WI the next week. Pounds eventually formed the Olâ Crimson Booster Club to pay for shipping and coordinate who waves the flag at the next game. The tradition would have died if not for a Delta airlines employee who took red eye flights 10 weeks in a row to get it to the game. Gameday is finally coming to Pullman 15 years after it all started. To put this Herculean effort into perspective, r/CFB, a subreddit with 514k subscribers and an actual platform to figure out who should get the flag, attempted to have an r/CFB flag fly at every Gameday. After starting week 1 this year, it lasted all of 7 weeks until the user responsible for waving the flag at Michigan decided to go to his sonâs soccer game instead.Â
- There will be a segment on Tom Pounds, the man who started the Olâ Crimson waving tradition.
- Corso will pick Wazzu. Oregon may be a better team, but I think the massive crowd on hand will sway Corso to pick Wazzu, though Corso has gone against the home team often this season.
- Rumors are that NBA Champion Klay Thompson, Â former Wazzu basketball player, will be the guest picker. However, this has been denied from a few sources. Rather than try to predict from the hundreds of potential options for guest picker, for my third prediction, I predict they will do a segment on Head Coach Mike Leachâs quirkiness. This is a guy who once lectured his players for 3 hours on the history of pirates and once owned a pet raccoon named Bilbo Baggins, so there is material aplenty.
Also, if this ad from The Ol’ Crimson Booster Club doesn’t make you feel some type of way, you’ve got something wrong with you.
Game Prediction: #12Â Oregon (+3) vs. #25 Washington State FS1 6:30 ET
Wazzu’s air raid offense has been flying high so far this season, led by graduate transfer quarterback Gardner Minshew. However, Oregon (5-1) might be back to their Chip Kelly glory days. Led by one of the top NFL QB prospects in Justin Herbert, Oregon comes in after beating Washington in overtime last week, with their only loss coming in overtime after they blew a 17-point lead to Stanford. Ultimately, I think all of the hoopla surrounding Gameday proves to be too much of a distraction, and Wazzu does not cover -3. Â Oregon +3.
11 AM Game of the Week: #6 Michigan vs. #24 Michigan State (+7.5) FS1 11 AM ET
Mark Twain once said “history does not repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” Well, this week might be one of the longest wait times for a rhyme in world history. 2,498 years ago, in 480 BC, a Persian army rumored to be 1 million strong (probably more like 100k) invaded Greece. They were met by a much smaller army of 7,000 Spartan warriors, led by King Leonidas, in what is known as the Battle of Thermopylae and inspired the movie 300 after the Spartans were left with only 300 men to defend the narrow pass of Thermopylae. Why do I bring this up? Well, the Persian Empire was located in modern day Iran. This week, former IRAN PresidentÂ Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tweeted this gem:
Now that Michigan (6-1) has the backing of the former leader of Persia (Iran), history will rhyme as their stronger Persian force invades an underdog Spartan army. In addition, the Spartans have been a thorn in Michigan’s side for a decade. Michigan State (4-2) is 8-2 against Michigan ever since former Michigan running back Mike Hart infamously called Michigan State “little brother.” This week, against what is a superior team across the board, I expect the Spartans, like at Thermopylae, to at least keep it close, which in this case means within a touchdown. MSU +7.5.
SEC Game of the Week: #22 Mississippi State vs. #5 LSU (-6.5) 6 PM CT ESPN
As mentioned before, LSU (6-1) is coming off a huge home win against previously 2nd ranked Georgia. This game could be a trap game for LSU as they head into a bye before hosting Alabama on November 3rd and are coming off a big win. While Mississippi State (4-2) is no slouch and coming off a bye, this is a game LSU needs to win if they want to prove themselves worthy of the rank and new-found hype. This season, LSU is the ultimate wild card, coming in with low expectations but already foiling the predicted undefeated Georgia vs. undefeated Alabama matchup in the SEC championship game, which would indicate LSU may slip up here. However, Mississippi State without Dan Mullen as the head coach just doesn’t feel as lethal, especially in Death Valley.
Stat of the Week: LSU has 1,415 passing yards this season. They also have, you guessed it, 1,415 rushing yards.Â
I like LSU’s balanced offense to control the line of scrimmage, with Joe Burreaux making the necessary throws to win the game against a Mississippi State team that relies too heavily on quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, who leads the team in both passing and rushing. LSU -6.5.
Obscure Game of the Week: Nevada atÂ Hawai’i (-3) 11PM CT STADIUM APP
This is the real test of whether fans can pass the Hawaii test. Coming off a blowout loss at rejuvenated BYU, The Rainbow Warriors ar back to their usual tricks, playing at a ridiculous time for those of us on the mainland with the game only available for watching on an app that was founded last year. To be honest, I do not have a great reason for picking this as the obscure game of the week, but this game is on at a time where there is nothing else to watch and Hawaii is normally fun to watch when they aren’t playing BYU. I don’t have a lot of great insight on the game either, but Cole McDonald is too good to have 2 bad games in a row, and Nevada has already lost 4 games this season so they can’t be that good. Hawai’i -3.
Better Obscure Game of the Week: North Texas (+1.5) @ UAB 6PM CT BeIN Sports
The North Texas Mean Green (6-1, 2-1 in CUSA) travel to Birmingham to take on the UAB Blazers (5-1, 3-0 in CUSA) in what is a pivotal game for the Conference USA West Division standings. UAB, a feel good story in 2017 after the university cut football in 2015, went 8-5 last year and earned a trip to the Bahamas Bowl in their first year back as a program. They have built on that this year despite a shocking loss to Coastal Carolina, and a win here would go a long way towards a trip to the CUSA Championship game. The Mean Green are led by their up and coming coach Seth Littrell, who seems destined to coach a Power 5 team sooner rather than later. They also boast solid QB play from Junior QB Mason “369 damn you’re” Fine, who comes in to the game with 16 touchdown passes to only one interception. North Texas +1.5