USC takes heat off Michigan

October 09, 2007 3:06 AM
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LAST WK SEASON PCT
7-6 31-37 45.6

The funniest moment from last week’s games were all the spin doctors from Michigan quickly out to proclaim that Stanford’s upset of USC was bigger than the Appalachian State loss

We’ll sit this debate out. Let’s just say they were both shocks.

Florida nearly put LSU on its butt, but eight straight successful gambles by Tigers coach Les Miles resulted in a hard-earned 28-24 victory. No spread win for LSU, not even close. The Gators were among the heavy dose of underdog coverage all across the board (35-16-1 depending on what lines you were about to get at the window).

The Red River Shootout was the closest result in nearly a decade, but having both Oklahoma and Texas fall the week before definitely knocked some of the stuffing from this annual Border War. In fact, now both Kansas and Missouri proved they can now hang with either one this season.

We managed another winning week, despite avoiding the Notre Dame victory over UCLA and the usual midseason meltdowns from Michigan State and Clemson. So it’s on to another week.

Wednesday, Oct. 10

Navy +4½ at Pitt: I don’t know what the linesmakers see in the Panthers. UConn drilled them. The Navy running attack controls this game. NAVY.

Saturday, Oct. 13

Rutgers -16½ at Syracuse: An angry Scarlet Knights crew off the Cincy loss comes to the Carrier Dome. You saw what W. Virginia did there. RUTGERS.

Purdue +5½ at Michigan: Less than a TD at home the Wolverines can handle. MICHIGAN.

Va Tech -13 at Duke: The Blue Devils are 5-1 ATS and ready to take advantage of a Hokies squad feeling real good about how they manhandled Clemson. DUKE.

Georgia -7 at Vandy: I don’t know why Vandy didn’t show last week, but I do know the Bulldogs are one tired football team after being pasted in Knoxville. Can it be two straight losses in Tennessee. Maybe. VANDY.

BC -14 at Notre Dame: The Eagles have Top 5 visions and BCS title hopes swirling in their heads now. They better not forget that the Irish won their first game of the season last week at UCLA. BC could be in for some trouble. ND.

TCU -4 at Stanford: Who could blame the Cardinal for partying all week after the amazing victory over Southern Cal. Now Mike Harbaugh faces his toughest coaching challenge in his young career. TCU loves to beat up on the big boys and this is skin has grown a lot in value in just a week. TCU.

LSU -8½ at Kentucky: The Wildcats blew a big chance against South Carolina, so they will throw everything but Andre Woodson’s kitchen sink at the Tigers. In their favor, two extra days to prepare and LSU off the bruising comeback win over the Gators. KY.

Colorado +5½ at Kansas St: No, this isn’t intramurals and the Buffaloes have come around since the emotional win over Oklahoma. K-State figures to be down after losing its in-state war with rival Kansas after knocking off Texas. COLORADO.

BYU -10½ at UNLV: Rebels lost as usual to Air Force and should fare no better here against a Cougars team that can simply just outscore them. BYU.

Arizona +21½ at USC: Somebody has to pay for the Trojans losing to Stanford and it sure isn’t going to be Pete Carroll. USC.

Mid Tenn St +4½ at Memphis: MTSU gave Virginia some fits and is fully capable of beating a Memphis team that has QB problems. MTSU.