College football games of the week: Top games to watch outside of the Red RiverRivalry
Hello, my name is Trey and I am a terrible gambler. I have been a terrible gambler for a very long time... What? No, I am not stopping. Just explaining myself. Don't be silly. Last week was not a good week for me, but that changes this week. Why? Because I hate oklahoma. It's 3:44 p.m., by the way.
Week six of college football included shoot outs, upsets, beat downs and TCU falling apart. So what wonders await us ahead? Let's look together.
No. 3 South Carolina Gamecocks at No. 8 LSU Tigers: 6 p.m. on ESPN
Fresh off the stomping of UGA, the Cocks have moved up to the No. 3 and hold the lead in the SEC East. I thought Georgia's offense would be too much for them, but clearly I was wrong. They head to Death Valley for a Saturday night game that surely we will be able to hear in Dallas and the crowd alone should be worth 10 points.
Unfortunately, it might be the only 10 points they score on this Gamecock defense. I wrong about USC-East last week and LSU as well. I shall not make that mistake again. Carolina 20, LSU 16.
No. 17 Stanford Cardinal at No. 7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 2:30 p.m. on CBS
I have this in here because it's a top 25 match up, but I don't think it will be that close, and I think when the Irish win this game the national media will go nuts. Seriously, does anyone remember how insufferable the East Coast media can be when Notre Dame is truly good? I do.
I've been doubting Notre Dame all season, but now I'm all in. Irish win this one big and roll into Norman in two weeks as a top five team. Notre Dame 30, Stanford 13.
No. 21 Texas A&M Aggies vs. No. 24 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs: 8 p.m. on ESPNU
The game that was postponed Aug. 30 due to Hurricane Isaac is not so funny anymore, as it has turned into a top 25 show down. The Aggies are feeling pretty good about themselves after almost-not-losing to Florida, whipping Arkansas, and almost-not-winning against Ole Miss. The boys from Ruston are for real, folks, and I think the Ags are in for a shootout.
I'll take the Bulldogs for the simple reason that I don't like the Aggies. Tech 38, Armed Band 35. Hard to see why I'm such a bad gambler, eh?
Worst Game of the Week
Kentucky Wildcats at Arkansas Razorbacks: 6 p.m.
People say the SEC is top-heavy and down as conference — these are two of the teams that are weighing it down. Just because it's competitive doesn't mean it's compelling. This game is not televised and that is on purpose.
Last Week's Games
No. 3 LSU Tigers at No. 11 Florida Gators
Why it was included: SEC powerhouses collide.
Prediction: Les Miles is crazy, Tigers wake up, not buying Florida. LSU 27, Florida 17.
Reality: Miles didn’t do anything crazy, Florida called out LSU and won 14-6.
I thought LSU was going to show up and for a half they looked the part, but the Florida defense completely shut them down. Go Gata scores from Mike Gillislee, and they don’t mind telling you about it. Nice win for Florida.
No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs at No. 6 South Carolina Gamecocks
Why it was included: A top 10 SEC showdown.
Prediction: Georgia’s offense is too much for South Carolina’s defense. Bulldogs 33, Cocks 27.
Reality: Georgia’s offense stayed at the team hotel and took the day off. Cocks 35, Bulldogs 7.
I admitted last week that I was basing my pick on the only time I really watched South Carolina play, which was in week one against Vandy when neither team seemed ready for the season. I guess that was a poor representation, because they absolutely throttled Georgia. The Gamecocks raced out to a 21-0 first quarter lead and led 35-0 before Georgia scored with 1:55 to play in the game.
The high-flying Bulldogs had 224 yards of total offense, while South Carolina had 230 yards rushing. I was dead wrong on this pick, as were most of the analysts on ESPN.
No. 14 oklahoma sooners at No. 24 Texas Tech Red Raiders
Why it was included: Hatred. Possibility of hilarity.
Prediction: ou doesn’t have the personnel to circle the wagons, Tech’s got the best defense in the country?
Reality: ou does, in fact, have the personnel to circle the wagons, Tech does not have the best defense in the country.
But what if I really, really, really wanted it to happen? Doesn’t that mean anything anymore? Thanks for nothing, Tech. Remember last year when you did this? Me, too. Good times, Tech. Good times.
Kansas Jayhawks at No. 8 Kansas State Wildcats
Why it was included: It involves Kansas.
Prediction: It involves Kansas and they will get beaten. Badly.
Reality: It involved Kansas and they got beaten. Badly, 56-16.
"Kansas is awful and Kansas State bludgeons teams to death with their leather helmet offense. Football is going to be thrown back 40 years, but thankfully most people won’t be watching." That was the prediction and it was dead-on.
See you next week! Follow me on Twitter @TreyMcLean for more nonsense. It's 10:32 a.m., folks. Just sayin'.