The 8 Tastiest Cupcake Games of College Football Week 10
While teams like Alabama and Oregon are facing tough opponents like LSU and USC in order to help their national championship hopes, other are facing cupcakes.
And it looks like Gene Chizik could use a cupcake.
Even good teams need to face an inferior team late the season to help their players prepare and heal for the closing stretch of the regular season.
So, what are the tastiest cupcake games of Week 10? Read on.
New Mexico State at Auburn
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If anyone needs a cupcake game, it's Auburn.
How many of you would have predicted that the Tigers and the Aggies would have identical records at 1-7? However, that's precisely the mess that the Tigers find themselves in.
The oddsmakers list Auburn as a 22.5-point favorite, and against a team that doesn't break the top 100 in rushing yards (No. 117), scoring offense (No. 101) and scoring defense (No. 102) this should be a cakewalk, right?
Except Auburn is No. 115 in passing yards, No. 101 in rushing yards, No. 122 in scoring offense and No. 81 in scoring defense.
I'm not a betting man, but if I was I'd take the Aggies to beat the spread.
Now here's the uncomfortable question of the week: If Gene Chizik finds a way to lose this game, should he even bother showing up for work on Monday?
UTSA vs. Louisiana Tech
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FBS newcomer UT San Antonio just received an honor usually reserved for FCS teams:
There's no line on its upcoming trip to Louisiana Tech.
Why's that, you ask, particularly since UTSA has a 5-3 record?
1. The Roadrunners' wins are against lower-division teams plus a New Mexico State squad that plays like a lower-division team.
2. La Tech has the No. 2 scoring offense in the nation averaging 52.6 points per game.
Really, the Bulldogs could score as many points as they want against hapless Roadrunners. It'll be interesting to see how long the first string stays in this game.
Stanford at Colorado
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Ever since Colorado joined the Pac-12, it's become the conference's doormat.
And after Stanford's against Washington State, the Buffaloes are just what the doctor ordered as they prepare for Oregon State.
Vegas has the Cardinal up by 28.0 points and Stanford shouldn't have any trouble covering that.
I wonder if the Pac-12 would have taken Colorado if it knew then what we know now about the Buffaloes...
Texas State and Utah State
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You know, it wasn't too long ago that Utah State was a cupcake, but now that they have Gary Anderson as head coach it's moved up in the world. This year it's a 7-2 team with a chance to win the WAC.
Texas State, on the other hand, has quite a ways to go. Its 3-4 record and the 26.5 line favoring the Aggies reflects that.
Illinois at Ohio State
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Despite not being able to play for a championship or a bowl game, Ohio State is clearly head and shoulders above the rest of the Big Ten.
After throwing Ron Zook out last season after he finished 6-6, the Fighting Illini sit at 2-6 and are No. 118 in scoring offense.
Meanwhile, the Buckeyes are No. 21 in scoring offense and have Braxton Miller under center.
Hence the 27.5 line in favor of Ohio State.
UMass at NIU
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The transition from the FCS to the FBS has not been particularly kind to the Minutemen, making them the perfect cupcake for other teams to enjoy.
Next up for UMass is Northern Illinois, who has as many wins (8-1) as UMass has losses (0-8).
This game has the largest spread of any game with a line at 34.5.
Hawaii at Fresno State
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Remember the days when Hawaii had a high-flying offense with an OK defense?
Well, those days are long gone as the Warriors are No. 106 in both passing and scoring offense, and they're No. 121 in scoring defense.
That's a really bad combination.
Fresno State isn't exactly a powerhouse team, but it does have the No. 20 scoring offense in the FBS. Given the combination of Hawaii's bad offense and horrible defense plus the Bulldogs decent passing attack, Vegas made Fresno State a 33-point favorite.
Troy at Tennessee
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Tennessee actually has a worse record (3-5) than Troy (4-4) at the moment, but I'd like to see the Trojans get wins against Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Alabama.
Will a win against the Trojans get Derek Dooley off the hot seat? No. Problem is, there isn't a team left on the Vols' schedule that will make the fans happy.
Still, Tennessee is favored by 20.5 points and the Vols better cover that line for Dooley's sake.