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A look at how LSU's 12 opponents spent their weekends.
The Mean Green picked up their second win of the season over Florida Atlantic, 20-14, one they likely needed for any shot at a .500 season. They'll travel to Houston this week.
The Huskies pulled off a huge win over No. 8 Stanford last Thursday, with a huge defensive effort and 144 yards rushing from Bishop Sankey (sounds like the name of a character from "The Wire," right?). The level of defensive play has to excite U-dub fans with Oregon coming in this week, and over at UW Dawg Pound, they're eyeballing red-zone defense in particular as key. In other news, maybe the Husky band can help LSU out a bit?
Not surprisingly, the Vandals received another paycheck ass-whippin' at the hands of North Carolina, 66-0. Also not surprising -- Robb Akey just wanted to get his players home. Idaho never pushed beyond the Tarheel 36-yard-line the entire game.
Over at College and Magnolia, they used Auburn's bye weekend for a September assessment, and, not-so-shockingly, have found things a bit wanting for this team. The bad only gets worse when starting receiver Quan Bray gets picked up for underage possession of alcohol and driving without a permit.
As much as we don't believe in moral victories here, I don't mind saying that last week's opponent earned a right to crow a little bit. And as last week's guest Alex Glaze of the Towerlight reports, the Tigers from Maryland feel that they sent a message on Saturday.
"I feel like we were viewed as a little high school team," defensive end Frank Beltre said. "We were looked at like nobody. They called us Townson, Towson State, they called us everything but what we are, Towson University. That's why when we came out we punched them in the mouth. We knew they weren't ready for what we had."
The Gators officially enter the top 10 this week, which is no shock. Over at Alligator Army, the mood seems to be cautiously optimistic, if aware that the Florida hasn't won a game like this in a few years. Regardless of Saturday's results, the signs are there that the Will Muschamp era is on the upswing.
The Gamecocks allowed Kentucky to get on top of them early before squashing them in the second half, with Marcus Lattimore rushing for a 120 yards ands and starting to look "closer and closer to last year's form," per Garnet & Black Attack's Gamecock Man. The Gamecock defense sacked Kentucky seven times on the night.
716 yards of offense for the Aggies in Saturday's 58-10 pasting of Arkansas, including 558 yards of total offense for Johnny Manziel and four touchdowns (3 pass, 1 rush). Good Bull Hunting is pleased. The animated drive chart for this one might've been funnier if West Virginia-Baylor hadn't happened.
The Tide's 33-14 win over Ole Miss Saturday proved costly -- with Bama losing starting receiver DeAndrew White and backup running back Dee Hart for the season. White had caught just eight passes this season, but the Roll Bama Roll crew are worrying if the passing game could miss his veteran presence. Hart is another matter -- without him, the Tide will likely have to move Blake Sims and/or Brent Calloway to running back to give the team some extra bodies. Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon are a fine twosome, but there has to be somebody else on hand in case somebody turns an ankle or stubs a toe.
The Bulldogs handled the bye week...well...I guess. Though it seems like Vegas is a bit worried about their looming showdown with...Kentucky? I thought they had those huge casinos because the boys in the desert knew how to pick ‘em?
It should surprise nobody that the boys at Red Cup Rebellion were pleased with the Rebels' efforts on Saturday, and it's hard to blame them after last season. This blasphemy however, will NOT stand. Nobody fucks with the Breesus.
Still funny? Not really. It would be one thing for Arkansas to stumble around and dicktrip through some close games. But it's abundantly clear that the players on this team have mailed this season in on a level rarely seen from a preseason top-10 squad. It's depressing to be honest. Jake Blanchat over at Arkansas Expats, is hoping that some of the players will at least try and salvage what they can out of this year. Guys like Tyler Wilson and Cobi Hamilton still have their NFL Draft status to play for.