Saturday’s Den: 13 Things I’m looking for this weekend

13) Arkansas QB Feleipe Franks started 24 games for Florida the last three years; he broke and dislocated his ankle last year, then transferred after the season to an Arkansas team that used five different QB’s last year, going winless in SEC play. Razorbacks are 3-3 this season.

Arkansas coach Sam Pittman won’t be there Saturday; he tested positive for COVID. 

12) 3-0 Indiana has a trap game at Michigan State today; they play Ohio State next week, but better not look past this game. Hoosiers are heading to their best season since they made the Rose Bowl in 1967- they’re scoring 37 ppg.

11) South Carolina is 2-4; they’ve given up 100 points the last two games, and now coach Will Muschamp is on the hot seat, though paying him $16M to go away seems unfeasible in these COVID-ridden times. Gamecocks visit Ole Miss today; the Rebels are also 2-4, but are scoring 37 ppg— they’ve gained 442+ yards in all six of their games.

Total for this game is 70 or 70.5.

10) Cal-Arizona State, Utah-UCLA both got cancelled, so Cal-UCLA on Sunday is a late addition to this week’s schedule. Golden Bears beat UCLA in Pasadena LY; the teams weren’t supposed to play this season, but schools are being flexible now to get games in, so this is a late addition.

9) Penn State is 0-3, giving up 35-38-35 points, and two of those games were at home; in their last two games, they’ve run the ball for a total of only 138 yards.

Nebraska is 0-2, running ball for 441 yards in road losses at Ohio State/Northwestern; this is their home opener, in a stadium that has been filled to capacity for decades, but will be mostly empty for this game.

8) Oregon ran the ball for 269 yards in its 35-14 win over Stanford last week; now they hit the road to face a Washington State team that won 38-28 at Oregon State LW. Coogs gave up 451 yards in Corvallis last week, but new QB deLaura threw for 227 yards in his first college start.

7) Mapquest says it is 1,248 miles from Fort Worth to Morgantown, so why are TCU and West Virginia in the same league? Anyone?

Home team has won all seven West Virginia games this year; TCU won its last two games, scoring 33-34 points- they won both their road games, at Texas/Baylor.

6) Dolphins won their last four games, scoring 32.3 ppg, despite changing QB’s in the middle of this streak; their defense/special teams have scored three TD’s the last two games. Since Week 2 of last year, Chargers are 2-15 in games decided by 8 or fewer points.

Interesting matchup of rookie QB’s; Chargers have scored 30.6 ppg in their last five games, so hard to blame Herbert for their 1-6 skid. Tagevailoa is 2-0 starting for Miami, but hasn’t had to do too much, their defense has been that good.

5) Tampa Bay lost 38-3 to the Saints last week; in their last three games, Bucs have thrown 123 passes, run the ball only 54 times- they need more balance, but they’re also still 6-3.

Carolina threw for 340 yards in a 31-17 loss in Tampa back in Week 2; Panthers have lost four games in a row, losing a tough 33-31 game in Kansas City last week.

Teams split last ten series games.

4) Two of the better young QB’s in the game hook up in Arizona, when Bills-Cardinals face off.

Josh Allen has the 7-2 Bills atop the AFC East; he threw for 415 yards in their 44-34 win over Seattle last week. Kyler Murray has the 5-3 Cardinals in playoff contention; they’ve won three of last four games overall, but they’ve split their four home games.

3) Big game in NFC West, with Seattle visiting the Rams. Both teams lost two of last three games; Seahawks scored 34 points in both their losses- their defense has been a problem.

Rams have already played four games in the eastern time zone; they’re 3-0 at home.

2) Ravens as a 7-point road favorite in Foxboro? Wow.

New England lost four of its last five games; they beat the winless Jets 30-27 last week. Patriots scored a total of 18 points in losing their last two home games. Interesting Sunday nite game.

1) Vikings won their last two games, scoring 28-34 points after a 1-5 start; Chicago lost its last three games, after a 5-1 start. Pivotal divisional matchup on Monday night; Bears won last four series games, but they’ve been held under 100 rushing yards in their last six games overall. 

Author: Armadillo Sports

I've been involved in sports my whole life, now just write about them. I like to travel, mostly to Las Vegas- they have gambling there.