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Predictions 101 — Week 7

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Last week on “Shakeup Saturday,” we went 3-4 straight up and versus “the number.” That was typical of our mediocre season so far. It’s amazing to think that John L. Smith had a better weekend than us.

Let’s see if we can at least get into a 4-3 alignment or better this week, which features an intriguing slate of games.

TOP 5 GAMES OF THE WEEK (Thurs., Oct. 11, thru Sat., Oct. 13)

1) No. 3 South Carolina at No. 9 LSU
Sat., Oct. 13 — 8 p.m. ET, ESPN

The Gamecocks certainly looked like BCS material last Saturday as they dismantled Georgia, 35-7. Impressive in every phase of the game, this “USC” is the one that could make a run at the crystal football.

What remains to be seen is South Carolina’s ability to display that same sort of assertiveness and efficiency in Death Valley. If it can, will it be enough to get past LSU?

The Tigers had a far different experience last Saturday, losing their first regular-season game since Nov. 27, 2010. But let’s not jump to too many conclusions based on Florida’s 14-6 victory. LSU’s offensive limitations can be a sticking point, but its defensive prowess makes up for that.

If not for the crucial Gator drive in which Tiger linebackers Kevin Minter (leg cramps) and Kwon Alexander (broken ankle) were both sidelined, LSU very well could still be undefeated. Holding the Gators to 237 total yards — 85 of which came during the third-quarter drive mentioned above — is typically going to get it done.

No disrespect to South Carolina’s offense, but it will experience far more three-and-outs than usual in Baton Rouge. This will be tailback Marcus Lattimore’s first game against LSU and we don’t expect him to move the chains with his normal regularity.

That’ll put quarterback Connor Shaw in more obvious passing situations and the Tiger defense has the discipline to keep him in the pocket and force tough throws under duress. Not leaving lanes for Shaw to leak out into and run for the sticks is crucial.

The Gamecock defense is stout, as well, but in its only two road games this year both Vanderbilt and Kentucky held third-quarter leads over South Carolina, scoring a total of 30 points.

Opening point spread: LSU by 4

The pick: LSU 21-20

2) No. 17 Stanford at No. 7 Notre Dame
Sat., Oct. 13 — 3:30 p.m. ET, NBC

This prediction comes courtesy of Shane Hedani from the P101 satellite office in Maunawili, Hawai‘i. He’s been the star of our team so far.

The last time they left “The Farm,” running back Stepfan Taylor had only 75 yards on 21 attempts, inexperienced quarterback Josh Nunes misfired all day and the Cardinal did not score an offensive touchdown. Washington’s defense dominated and took away the Stanford running game in that 17-13 victory.

Let’s not forget that Husky defense is the same one that Oregon lit up for 52 points and 497 yards, 299 of which came on the ground. Since the Cardinal could not get things going in Seattle, expect a nightmare in South Bend.

Led by All-America linebacker Manti Te‘o, the Fighting Irish defense ranks second in points allowed, 10th in passing efficiency defense, 13th in total defense and 17th in rushing defense. To top it all off, Notre Dame is also seventh best in the country in turnover margin.

That kind of buzz saw is made to dissect trees.

The Irish offense took a little while to get things rolling earlier in the season, putting up just enough points to beat three Big Ten teams. Of course, that defense which has held opponents to less than a touchdown over the last three games takes a lot of the pressure off.

Last Saturday at Soldier Field, following a bye week, the Notre Dame offense blossomed and dropped 41 points on Miami (Fla.). With that attack catching up to the dominant defense, Stanford won’t get close, as the Irish continue to build their case for not just the BCS, but the whole enchilada.

Opening point spread: Notre Dame by 7

The pick: Notre Dame 37-13

3) No. 15 Texas vs. No. 13 Oklahoma (at Dallas)
Sat., Oct. 13 — noon ET, ABC

Longhorn quarterback David Ash doesn’t remotely resemble the nervous wreck that alternated with Case McCoy in last year’s mistake-filled nightmare in the Red River Rivalry.

Ash was machinelike last Saturday, completing 22-of-29 for 269 yards and a touchdown in a 48-45 loss to West Virginia. If his counterpart was anyone but Geno Smith, Ash would have been on the winning side.

As is always the case, taking care of the football is paramount. Oklahoma has won the last two in the series by taking advantage of seven takeaways.

The Texas defense needs to do a much better job of stopping the run. Smith’s passing was impressive as usual, but the Mountaineers’ 192 yards on the ground is what really hurt.

Longhorn fans are happy their team doesn’t have to deal with the sort of spread offense that Oklahoma State and West Virginia used to engineer 36- and 48-point outbursts.

But let’s not forget that the Sooners dropped 55 on the Longhorns last year, despite having the ball for only 22 of the 60 minutes. So proceed with caution.

Opening point spread: Oklahoma by 2 1/2

The pick: Texas 28-27

4) No. 10 Oregon State at Brigham Young
Sat., Oct. 13 — 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

Could we possibly see a shutout here? Sure the Cougars roughed up Hawai‘i, 47-0, on Sept. 28, but what does that really mean these days? It’s more illuminating that in games on either side of that blowout BYU scored just six points in each contest.

The six-point output wasn’t enough in a 7-6 loss at Boise State on Sept. 20, but it did allow the Cougars to get past Utah State, 6-3, last Friday.

That limited amount of firepower, directed by rusty quarterback Riley Nelson (sat out last two weeks with a back injury and now his fill-in is out for the season), could get completely doused by a Beaver defense that kept Washington State out of the end zone last Saturday in a 19-6 win in Corvallis. And don’t forget about the stonewall that Oregon State put up in its 10-7 victory over Wisconsin on Sept. 8.

The chance of BYU’s defense finding success increases with backup quarterback Cody Vaz doing the pitching instead of injured starter Sean Mannion (knee). But the aerial assault will be a shock to the Cougars’ system nonetheless. This is likely to be the first time this season that BYU will be faced with 30 or more pass attempts.

Even with the change behind center, the Beavers will improve to 5-0 for the first time since 1939. But this is more “under” than Oregon State.

Opening point spread: BYU by 5

The pick: Oregon State 20-6

5) No. 5 West Virginia at Texas Tech
Sat., Oct. 13 — 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN

Aside from all the highlights and astounding statistics, you’ve got to wonder about how long the Mountaineers can survive on the tightrope they’ve been teetering on.

Giving up a total of 108 in its last two games put West Virginia on the brink each time. The Mountaineers beat Baylor and Texas by just seven and three points, respectively. Before that, they only defeated Maryland by 10 in Morgantown.

Geno Smith and Co. will likely do what they do once again, but something tells us that this trip to Lubbock will be tricky. The Red Raiders will certainly be ornery after their face-plant last week against Oklahoma.

We can’t really pull the trigger on the upset here (the Burbank office used its veto power), but we’d be very happy to take some free points.

Opening point spread: West Virginia by 4

The pick: West Virginia 37-34

UPSET SPECIAL OF THE WEEK

California at Washington State
Sat., Oct. 13 — 10:30 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Networks

Once again, the USOTW prediction comes courtesy of Marc Doche (@MDoche) from the P101 satellite office in Burbank, Calif.

The corporate squabbles involving the Pac-12 Networks have reached the halfway mark of the season. That means many households continue to be blacked out from some exciting Pac-12 action, but we doubt many fans will be making angry calls late into the night to watch these two cellar dwellers.

That is, unless they’re on board with us cheering for the Washington State upset on the heels of a trio of conference losses, the last two coming in better-than-looked efforts against the ranked Oregon schools.

We expected Mike Leach to do good things on the Palouse, and while that hasn’t brought much winning in his first year, the Cougars do feature a potent aerial attack that ranks 14th in the nation, averaging 312 yards per game. That unit will have to find success against a Cal defense that allows more than 250 passing yards per game, if the men in maroon are to defeat the Golden Bears for the first time in eight years.

We always like to remind everyone that Cal is Cal. Therefore, after an impressive first conference win in Berkeley at the expense of UCLA, a misstep on the road is in order.

Quarterback Zach Maynard was allowed to stand upright and pick apart the Bruin defense last week, but he will feel the pressure of the Cougars’ new 3-4 alignment, which has generated the ninth most sacks in the country with 19.

Opening point spread: California by 4 1/2

The pick: Washington State 28-20

RIVALRY GAME OF THE WEEK

Nevada at UNLV
Sat., Oct. 13 — 3 p.m. ET

This fight decides if the Silver State is a red state or a blue state.

The winner gets to paint the Fremont Cannon in its school color and for the past seven years, it’s been bathed in the blue of the Wolf Pack.

The Fremont Cannon holds the distinction of being the largest and most expensive trophy in collegiate sports. It’s a massive 545-pound replica of the mountain howitzer that accompanied Captain John C. Fremont on his expedition through Oregon, Nevada and California in 1843-44. It cost $10,000 to create in 1970.

Speaking of impressive weaponry, Nevada’s pistol offense is one of just two units in the nation averaging more than 275 yards through the air and on the ground. (Oklahoma State is the other.)

However, with the status of Wolf Pack starting quarterback Cody Fajardo in question, those numbers might not be attained versus the Rebels. Fajardo aggravated a nagging back injury last week against Wyoming. Nevada led 21-7 when he was sidelined in the second quarter. Backup Devin Combs struggled initially, allowing the Cowboys to take a 28-35 lead. But the sophomore rallied to lead the Wolf Pack to victory in overtime.

If Combs has to make his first start on the road in this rivalry game, don’t expect the pistol to fire smoothly. But whatever Nevada is able to muster should be enough.

UNLV’s only advantage is playing at home in Sam Boyd Stadium, but that’s where they lost to Northern Arizona last month, so what’s that worth?

It won’t be as gruesome as last year’s 37-0 blanking, in which the Rebels were held to just 110 total yards, but the Wolf Pack should have fun in Vegas.

Opening point spread: Nevada by 9 1/2

The pick: Nevada 32-24

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32 Responses to “Predictions 101 — Week 7”
  1. southernpatriots says: Oct 10, 2012 8:06 PM

    John,

    This week you have a great observations and insights. Thank you for whetting my appetite once again and making me look forward to the weekend to put this continuing aftermath of Isaac out of our minds for a little while.

    My heart agrees with you on the LSU v. USC game at Death Valley, LSU. My head disagrees. Just as last week when my heart wanted LSU to win v. the Gators but my head said the Gators would win, I have the situation that professionals say they would never bet. Heart and head conflict. I love your reasoning, though since your observation that both Minter (20 tackles last week and SEC honors) and Kwon both out during the same series, which allowed Florida to advance. Can’t call a score on this one.

    Stanford cannot play a game v. the Irish they played against USC. I don’t think they have that game in them for Notre Dame. Not the same rivalry or motivation. Notre Dame should win. If Stanford is not careful, Notre Dame may embarrass them, possibly 45- 17.

    It is really hard to pick a winner in the Texas and Oklahoma game. Each team knows each other so very well. Coaches know each coach and tendencies so well. They could probably play this game in their sleep (and might!) It will come down to an error, a takeaway and Oklahoma gets the edge here, and wins by 3.

    West Virginia has been on a roll. Texas Tech may be waiting for them. These games and predictions do not get easier. If Geno and receivers are on again this week, they will win, if Tech’s defense comes through we several picks and/or other types of takeaways, Tech could pull it out.

  2. wvucolumbus says: Oct 10, 2012 9:44 PM

    Mark it down. We (WVU) will lose to Texas Tech. I can’t believe we’re giving 4.5. Emotional first XII win on the road with a “what would’ve been” (after we lose this weekend) ESPN Gameday Top 5 matchup…..Epitome of “trap game”.

  3. dgbk says: Oct 10, 2012 10:38 PM

    great write up for this weeks game… i do have to disagree with your comment about lsu v gators. They lost two good linebackers but the gators wore them down. Alexander never came back but minter did. lsu defense has future nfl players at every lvl someone could of stepped up.gators were also without jenkins their defense did not fall apart.

  4. normtide says: Oct 10, 2012 10:43 PM

    I got LSU over USCe. The gamecocks are good, but LSU knows it can’t afford to lose this game. Nothing gets you focused like having your back against the wall.

    Stanford over ND, in ot possibly. The cardinal gets up for big games and ND is close, but not all the way back.

    WVU beats TTU, but don’t score more then 40.

    Oklahoma and Texas if a tough pick. I really thought UT was a top ten team this year, the talent is there. I see OU winning,. If so, Mack Brown will drop at least 4 games this year, and probably retire at years end. Once again, Texas has mega-talent, the coaching must be questioned.

  5. alligatorsnapper says: Oct 10, 2012 10:56 PM

    Texas will lose to Oklahoma. Oklahoma knows how to play Texas like Stanford knows how to play USC. Similar result.

    Heart prevails here, so I am going with LSU to make a comeback and have the motivation to play the Gamecocks at home somewhat tougher and the players now hopefully have more focus and are ready.

    @normtide: I am sure the coaching staff at Texas would thank you for your kindness to them. I am here on the border and working with UT grads all around me, they have been privately crying out for a change in coaching for years. The Longhorns consistently recruit extraordinarily well, just about every year. Come up short in performance though, and it is thought by many that it is coaching. It would seem they could afford and could recruit some of the best coaches in college and pros.

  6. suprmous says: Oct 10, 2012 11:56 PM

    First off, hey gatorsnapper good to see ya back My Friend. Next I gotta agree that we are against the wall and can’t afford to lose this game but there’s no tellin what the Old Ball Coach has up his sleeve just like the Mad Hatter. I had a guy pal tell me that he really thinks that SC will blow us out. All I could do was stand there and stutter Lord willin I hope not. But then I had to remember those blarin words headed for my ear: on any given Satday anything can happen. And just as soon as he walked off I started prayin. Lawd have mercy I don’t even wanna think we can/could lose. If anybody has to lose to SC let it be Bama,haha. And I’m just kiddin there folks cause I don’t even see that happenin.

    Alright you Good People have a good week and I’ll be seein you again down the road.

  7. alligatorsnapper says: Oct 11, 2012 12:12 AM

    @suprmous:

    Ha. My day and nights have become messed up with my shifts so I am normally not up this late but got your shout out and post. Our backs are up against a wall, but maybe that will get the player’s attention. Our defense needs to be what they can be. Our offense? I don’t quite know. USC has such a team this year.

    Spurrier respects Miles and they get along well. Both tried to work some things to bring greater equity of scheduling in the SEC but they were outvoted.

  8. norcalirish says: Oct 11, 2012 1:07 AM

    WOW…the young man is confident in my Irish. We’re not there yet, but I think we take Stanford. The OU game will tell.

  9. mempusa says: Oct 11, 2012 6:51 AM

    South Carolina is going to WORK LSU over this weekend. 31-14

  10. sssjim7 says: Oct 11, 2012 7:10 AM

    I would think USC should take out LSU pretty easily… I don’t see them being very good this year. Not so sure what to think about Alabama or Mississippi State yet, but the SEC West appears to be weak this year.

    We will see. Hopefully I can post this… for some reason the board hasn’t let me post the last couple weeks????

    ~Jim

  11. pantherfan4life0210 says: Oct 11, 2012 7:50 AM

    I don’t think the comment about lattimore is correct. He will run over guys like he always does. Plus coach Spurrier will do things that will bring back memories when he was at Florida. So I say USC 24 LSU 14!

  12. florida727 says: Oct 11, 2012 9:18 AM

    I’m conflicted. Do I root for South Carolina since the ‘Ol Ball Coach used to roam the sidelines in The Swamp, or do I root for the team supported by my “southernpatriots” friends? Seeing as we are getting close to the Presidential election, I’ll play politics… and remain “neutral” :)

    I think SCarolina is dangerous. I thought LSU’s defensive front 7 would kill my Gators last week, and it turned out just the opposite, with Gillislee having his 2nd highest ground total ever. Florida just seemed to wear down LSU (the injuries didn’t help the Tigers either) from late in Q3 on.

    Conversely, LSU is ‘wounded’, and you know what they say about a wounded animal. If SC keeps it within one score heading into the 2nd half they have a chance. The crowd will fuel LSU in the first half (you can always play half a game on emotion alone).

    No prediction (gutless coward that I am :) ) but I know what channel my TV will be tuned to come 8p ET.

  13. southernpatriots says: Oct 11, 2012 11:50 AM

    florida727:

    Conflicted, huh? ha. Sounds like the conflict we have between our heads and our hearts.

    Hopefully, you will NOT be neutral in the upcoming elections…ha.

    The LSU AAD and I are playing phone tag. Will get together some day and will discuss the need for better OOC teams, my suggestion will be to take Michigan now that ND is dropping them, and try once again to schedule USC and Notre Dame, and a few others. The problem has not been our end, but theirs. We have to persevere and wear them down and then finally they schedule as did Oklahoma for home and home in 2018 and 19.

    We were able put two families back into their homes, even though they do not have interior walls (had to be removed to allow walls to dry out), but they really wanted to get back in their homes (can’t blame them at all). They plan on coming back this way for hot meals at least twice a week they said…ha.

    Some great games this Saturday~

  14. florida727 says: Oct 11, 2012 12:10 PM

    No neutrality when the first Tuesday in November rolls around, I can promise you that :)

    Great news about the families moving back in.

    When I went to Kiln (MS) after Katrina, the mud-outs were already done, but we re-drywalled houses. One lady had paid for all her new drywall herself, just needed the labor to install it. Usually we rarely meet the homeowner in those situations, so we just kept going along our merry way when all of a sudden we hear this scream coming from another room and the lady yells out, “I HAVE WALLS” with tears streaming down her cheeks. She insisted on taking pictures with us and having all of us autograph one of the beams above a doorway before we covered our autographs with a last piece of drywall. Pretty emotional time… for her and us.

    That’s why I encourage anyone to participate in these kind of disaster relief efforts. As self-serving as this sounds, I always feel as though I get more out of these efforts than I give. The people we’ve helped are so appreciative, and yet we walk away feeling as though we’ve done so little. That was definitely the case in Tuscaloosa after the tornadoes ripped through and all we did was chainsaw fallen trees for a week. You look around and realize you hardly put a dent into the work that needed to be done.

  15. foreverlsu says: Oct 11, 2012 12:27 PM

    My heart says yes but head says no. Too many injuries on LSU OL. Tigers will have exactly one starter playing his natural position on OL and possibly two redshirt freshmen. Not a good matchup against Clowney & Co.

    Very impressed with South Carolina this year. Hopefully, LSU D will keep it close. I’ll call it 13-10 USCe.

  16. southernpatriots says: Oct 11, 2012 2:12 PM

    florida727:

    The humidity/flooding has ruined at least 2 laptops we had, I am typing with no keys in part, they have de-laminated or whatever that is called, so please excuse the typos. I think my desktop is also affected, I’ll know more when I get into it a little more.

    Sometimes here I feel like I have fingers being put into levees and I temporarily plug the holes only to have a huge gusher break forth a few moments later.

    I have just about worn out my smoker and grill and all. I don’t think the manufacturer’s intended it to be used the way we are using it, almost all day, every day (and oftentimes night as well). My wife told me that if I thought the grills and all were worn out, what did I think she was? Ha. I know the feeling.

    Everyone will take a break (even the relief workers) this weekend to watch at least several college football games, of course LSU, and maybe the Saints on Sunday. This is truly their (and our) break from all this .

  17. kozbee says: Oct 11, 2012 2:42 PM

    The way LSU has played the last two weeks my opinion will be South Carolina by 9 points.

  18. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Oct 11, 2012 3:00 PM

    Last week I was 1-2 on my predictions, so this I pledged to not make that same mistake. Therefore I will reveal my picks on Sunday and will let you in on why I think they win definitely win the game. So please to turn in on thecrazyasianinseccountry’s predictions Sunday !!! Good Luck to all and God Bless!!!

  19. florida727 says: Oct 11, 2012 3:12 PM

    “southernpatriots”, just remind your beautiful bride that the difference between her and the grills is that one of them gets better with age, the other just wears out. If she asks which one you think she is… duck, something hurled through the air is on its way toward you :) If she smiles, you’re in good shape. Run with it.

  20. whitdog23 says: Oct 11, 2012 3:21 PM

    there’s no such thing as a trap game. just a lame excuse which makes no sense. an unrealistic cliche

  21. bostonstrippers says: Oct 11, 2012 4:34 PM

    about Texas
    “Ash was machinelike last Saturday, completing 22-of-29 for 269 yards and a touchdown in a 48-45 loss to West Virginia. If his counterpart was anyone but Geno Smith, Ash would have been on the winning side.”

    really? vs WVU who gave up 600 yards passing to Baylor ??????

    idiot

  22. southernpatriots says: Oct 11, 2012 5:56 PM

    florida727:

    I did as you said. I was ready with a pillow just in case, but alas, I did not need it. She is by far the best thing that ever happened to me, apart from Christ our Lord. She has truly made me so much better than I would have ever done on my own. I was a confirmed and most joyous bachelor before I met her so many years ago. When I first saw her, I thought she was a gypsy…ha. That is somewhat a long story…a graceful and beautiful gypsy.

    We are going to get back the huge projection tv for the game on Saturday. We hope to have the weather to be able show it in a large area outside as we did before. Younger folks will take care of that. I just will get the jumbo all beef foot-long hot dogs, and all the condiments, including my best Texas/Cajun chili and hot fresh popped buttered popcorn…I was addicted to Orville Reddenbacher’s before an Amish farmer in Illinois introduced me to “hull-less” popcorn he grows (purple and gold variety! ha.)

    For a popcorn addict like me, that is the best popcorn and all organic. He and his wife send me his best each year and we’ll have that on Saturday. Our mayor may stop by, along with our councilman and few other city folks. As I told them, I am not doing it for them, but for all those who have suffered so much by the latest hurricane. They said they understand and said they would come to encourage them.

  23. harbourimages says: Oct 11, 2012 6:08 PM

    A couple of years ago this site allowed fans to vote on most college football games, i.e., who would win or lose. That was a lot of fun and I miss it. Any chance that service could be revived here???

  24. jdtide says: Oct 12, 2012 3:02 AM

    South Carolina 16-10 (definitely the under)

    Notre Dame 23-16 (can’t see them scoring 37)

    West Va 42-31 (yeah, I know it looks like a trap)

  25. florida727 says: Oct 12, 2012 7:40 AM

    “southernpatriots”, sounds like it’ll be a great time, do enjoy, well earned. One suggestion: parmesan cheese on the popcorn. You’ll thank me later :)

  26. southernpatriots says: Oct 12, 2012 3:34 PM

    florida727:

    Thanks for the suggestion. We normally put my own Cajun Butter on it, made from natural homemade sweet cream butter with fresh milled Cajun spices, just enough.

    In early summer I subbed for a collegue who took his family on an extended trip back to his family’s roots in Italy. He sent back to me a part 1/4th of a wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano (about 10 pounds) and a 16th of a wheel of triple aged Parmigiano-Reggiano, which is quite potent and just a few grains adds a huge flavor. He sent our mutual friend and colleage who subbed later for him some Italian wine, but he knew I wouldn’t use that so he sent me something I have used sparingly but have really enjoyed. I have grated them carefully, and I will definitely use some on this hull-less purple and hull-less gold popcorn tomorrow.

    Miles is 17-1 at LSU following a loss. He is 6-0 in Tiger Stadium following a loss on the road. Many freshmen will be filling in for the injured veterans v. USC. Don’t know how to take this game.

  27. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Oct 12, 2012 9:09 PM

    @southernpatriots
    We’re going to take it like a Champ.

  28. southernpatriots says: Oct 12, 2012 9:36 PM

    @thecrazyasianinseccountry

    Thank you for the encouragement. After all we have been through, and are still going through, as a result of the latest hurricane, we need this Saturday to come out well. Thank you again. Have a great weekend, my friend!

  29. txnative61 says: Oct 13, 2012 1:21 AM

    I don’t bet or make picks so I never lose, but have some observations. South Carolina better bring their A+ game to Baton Rouge, toughest venue in US, and Cajuns sometimes sandbag you to get you overconfident. Predicting Red River Rivalry like predicting Texas weather, “only fools and newcomers” do it. How do odds-makers have BYU over undefeated Oregon St.??? Safe pick for you, I’d guess. My feeling is Pac-12 football a bit better, in general, than Mid-West ball, so Notre Dame also needs to bring their A game against Stanford, even at home.

  30. suprmous says: Oct 13, 2012 5:37 AM

    flordia and southernpatriots, you guys really know how to make somebody hungry don’t you,hahahahaha. Here I am tryin to make all my favorite foods from Nawlins and surroundin areas lean and you guys just keep on makin my mouth watah, that’s not fair but if you’ve got a single friend who loves football and doesn’t mind a female without a boat and trailer please let me know. Love you 2 and hope you have a rest of a good wkn, the hungry mous.

  31. gamecockalumdjs says: Oct 13, 2012 11:46 AM

    I think it’s going to come down to whether or not South Carolina can handle the hostile environment. They’ll have to come out and quickly make a statement on both sides of the ball to take the crowd out of it, or at least quiet them down some. If they can’t get any momentum going, the crowd and LSU will feast on that and then they could be in trouble. I’m sure it will be a good game. Go Gamecocks!

  32. southernpatriots says: Oct 13, 2012 11:45 PM

    What a game! Coach Spurrier called some really good plays and USC played well. LSU’s defense came through numerous times, including a final play interception. Miles once again did not lose after losing the week before, he is now 18-1 following a loss and 7-0 in Tiger Stadium (yes, Coach Spurrier there are two Death Valleys! ha.) after a loss.

    The game could not have been closer. Eb and flow, bsck and forth. LSU’s offensive blocking was fairly good, it surprised me. LSU’s running game was better than I thought it would be against USC.

    LSU’s defense did shut down the USC running game fairly well. “They deserve this!”–Coach Spurrier, followinng the game. Well said, Coach. Could have easily been said the other way as well.

    Whew!

    crazyasian…you said it my friend!

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