Warning: Week 7 is boring. Pretty much everybody is playing in-conference, so the cupcake games are few and far between. Also, the usual suspects for minor league ineffectiveness are playing middling games as well.
Last week's recap
FIU and WKY faced off for a chance at a first win of the season. It went about like you'd expect. Florida International went 12-19 passing, 3-9 on third down, and had 16 penalties for 135 yards. And won by a TD. How? Western Kentucky rushed 41 times for 106 yards, and was 14-31 passing.
In the Granddaddy Toilet Bowl, New Mexico State squeaked out a win against New Mexico. New Mexico State debuted their new "throw a screen, fall down" offense apparently, since one of their QBs was 5-10 for 6(!) yards. The whole team was 7-12 for 38 yards through the air. And this is the team that won. New Mexico fumbled 4 times and threw a pick for good measure. This game also featured a dazzling 14 punts, for a combined 543 yards.
Les Miles and undefeated LSU will have room to ply all sorts of kooky game management theory against McNeese State. McNeese has already been pummeled by Missouri 50-6, so the nefarious brain of Les Miles will have to come up with something pretty incredible to break these hearts -- we're with you big guy! This game is a virtual bye-week for LSU, as they have Auburn and Alabama back-to-back coming up, and finish the regular season against Arkansas.
San Jose State is this year's memorial 2nd grader who goes around picking fights with every 5th grader on the playground, with expected results. The kid who can already show bruises from Alabama, Wisconsin, Utah, and Nevada will play Boise State this weekend. With SJ providing a common opponent link for late-November BCS Kevin Bacon gaming, Boise gets the "Prove It On the Field" award for the week. Bama won by 45; can Boise go bigger?
The "Manic Depressive Paranoid Schizophrenic" game of the week is Georgia versus Vanderbilt. Georgia handled Tennessee last week, but is still 2-4 on the season. Vandy has a loss to UConn, and a win against Ole Miss. Both teams have far better defenses than offenses, so this game may be a punt-fest as well. Or, someone else may get kicked off Georgia for stealing a chalkboard eraser, and then who knows?