Huskers Gameday presents our “Weekly Fourfecta”.
If sports gambling was a legal activity across the USA, here are four college football games we would be betting on this Saturday:
1) LSU at AUBURN +3
In Week Two, Auburn limited Southern Miss to just 37 rushing yards, and in Week One, the Tigers pitched a shut-out against UL-Monroe. Lost in last week’s 3-2 baseball score is the fact that the Auburn defense limited Mississippi State to just 116 yards of total offense. That works out to an average of just 29 yards per quarter.
This is going to be a FEROCIOUS (insert sound of animals growling here) battle in the trenches, with the monster LSU offensive line against the dominant Auburn D.
Last year, LSU won 30-24 in Baton Rouge on their way to the national title. However, in their last two games at Auburn, the Bayou Bengals lost by 7 to 3 and 10 to 9 scores. Expect another low-scoring affair this weekend. First team that reaches double digit points wins.
Auburn 13 LSU 10
2) TEMPLE +28.5 at Penn State
Say what? You aren’t suggesting I take TEMPLE over the football juggernaut that is Penn State, are you? Hold on a second and listen to my rationale. Anytime you have a team from the MAC getting +28.5 points against a team from the Big Ten, you MUST take the MAC team, regardless of where the game is played.
This is 2008, son. Not 1988.
Don’t laugh, but Temple could very easily be 3-0 right now. They lost a heartbreaker 30-28 to Buffalo on a last-second Hail Mary, and lost in OT on a rain-soaked field to Connecticut 12-9.
Meanwhile, Penn State has won their first three games by margins of 42, 31 and 56 points. Everything seems to be clicking for Penn State right now. However, based on the scathing indictment of Penn State and Joe Pa on Outside the Lines this summer, I’m thinking this game has “blow off” written all over it. Penn State has to be feeling good right now. And when you’ve had alot of early season success (even though it was against the likes of Coastal Carolina and Syracuse), it’s just way too easy for 21 year old kids to dismiss the likes of Temple, party their asses off and kick back this week, just based on the Temple football “brand name” alone.
This is a BCS Bowl game for Temple, and after their last two crushing losses, they’ve got plenty of frustration to let out. You’ll be sweating it out all game, but trust me, take Temple and the points.
Penn State 41 Temple 17
3) Notre Dame at MICHIGAN STATE -8.5
One of my favorite Charlie Weis jokes used to be: “Charlie Weis is so fat, if he broke his leg, gravy would pour out.” So when Charlie got hit in the ACL / MCL area last week against Michigan, even though the injury didn’t break any bones or puncture his skin, I still became very upset when no gravy appeared.
Don’t read into that victory the Irish just had over Benedict Rodriguez and that team with super cool helmets and no mojo. Michigan is putrid in all facets, and Notre Dame is still a very bad football team that struggled to beat San Diego State at home. The Spartans will win this badboy by two touchdowns.
Michigan State 34 Notre Dame 20
4) FLORIDA -7.5 at Tennessee
Something is really wrong with this Tennessee team. Of course, their Labor Day loss to UCLA looks absolutely atrocious, in light of the Bruins getting their asses shellacked by a bunch of Mormons 59-0. I’d like to ask the Huskers Gameday audience to watch for something specific in this game, since the Cornhuskers have off this week and this clash will be nationally televised on CBS.
Observe Tennessee QB Jonathan Crompton closely and then ask yourself, “Is he still wearing the same shoulder pads he wore in Pop Warner ball?”. For whatever reason, this dude has seriously tiny shoulder pads. Maybe his throwing motion gets chafed with regular shoulder pads or something, but he’s begging for a broken collarbone with those tiny suckers. With Crompton at the helm, the Vols passing game looks way out of sync. Tebow accounts for four TD’s and the Gators win.
Florida 35 Tennessee 24