Wisconsin-LSU Postcript

Wisconsin was in the driver’s seat most of the night against LSU. They looked to be on the verge of a breakthrough win for their program and their conference. Instead, they fell apart in the fourth quarter. LSU outscored the Badgers 15-0 and outgained them 136-19 in the final stanza. My deep thoughts on the game: 1.) The Badgers feature an athletic, yet smallish 3-4 defense, but they were forced to go even smaller in the LSU game when Konrad Zagzebski went out midway through the first half and Warren Herring was knocked out of the game on the final play of the third quarter. The departure of the latter served as the straw that broke the Badgers back. Before Herring’s injury, LSU had rushed for 44 yards on 32 carries. After he left, that production surged to 15 carries for 86 yards in the final quarter. That figure is weighed down by a 10-yard loss on an errant pitch, so it’s 14 for 96 without that play. Herring isnt a huge immovable object run stopper. He’s quick off the ball, adept at shooting into gaps and flowing bodies out of the tackling gaps to give his linebackers a clear shot and, on a defensive

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Big Ten Thursday

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS HERE. I DONT HAVE ANY DEEP THOUGHTS TO SHARE OTHER THAN WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! HERE’S A BRIEF LOOK AT THE TWO GAMES TONIGHT INVOLVING OUR LOCAL HEROES IN THE LARGE 10   MINNESOTA VS EASTERN ILLINOIS, 7PM, BTN. LINES: MINNY -15, O/U 63.5 Minnesota is the first Big 10 team to hit the 2014 stage when they host Eastern Illinois tonight. Eastern is coming off back-to-back FCS playoff appearances and last year won their first postseason game since 1989 before bowing out to Towson in the quarterfinals. Of course now the Lumberjacks are dealing with life after Jimmy Garoppolo. The record settting quarterback was drafted by the Patriots and appears primed to be their QB2 behind Tom Brady. Eastern still has enough weapons to challenge for a playoff spot in FCS, but breaking in a new QB against a Big 10 defense that only gave up more than 24 points twice in 2013 doesn’t sound like a recipe for an upset. I like this Minnesota team a lot. Looking at their roster, it doesn’t take long to realize how far the Gophers have come under Jerry Kill. They are noticeably more talented compared to the final Tim Brewster days. You could make a case that the

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CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

We’re getting dangerously close to the season starting. You can do a countdown by the hours. Here are the conference championship odds for each FBS league, per 5dimes. ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE FLORIDA STATE, -270 LOUISVILLE, +1350 VIRGINIA TECH, +1400 CLEMSON, +1400 MIAMI, +1800 NORTH CAROLINA, +1800 DUKE, +3200 GEORGIA TECH, +4500 PITT, +6000 SYRACUSE, +11500 VIRGINIA, +11500 NC STATE, +20000 BOSTON COLLEGE, +35000 WAKE FOREST, +50000 ACC ATLANTIC DIVISION FLORIDA ST,  -485 LOUISVILLE, +725 CLEMSON, +750 SYRACUSE, +5500 NC STATE, +8500 BOSTON COLLEGE, +14000 WAKE FOREST, +17500 ACC COASTAL DIVISION VIRGINIA TECH, +250 MIAMI, +300 NORTH CAROLINA, +300 GEORIA TECH, +625 DUKE, +825 PITT, +900 VIRGINIA, +1400 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CINCINNATI, +170 UCF, +210 HOUSTON, +275 EAST CAROLINA, +850 MEMPHIS, +1800 SMU, +4000 TULSA, +4000 SOUTH FLORIDA, +5500 UCONN, +8000 TEMPLE, +8000 TULANE, +8000 BIG TEN WISCONSIN, +250 MICHIGAN ST, +255 OHIO ST, +300 NEBRASKA, +775 IOWA, +825 MICHIGAN, +1050 NORTHWESTERN, +3400 MINNESOTA, +7000 INDIANA, +12000 MARYLAND, +13500 ILLINOIS, +18000 RUTGERS, +38000 PURDUE, +40000 BIG TEN EAST MICHIGAN STATE, +110 OHIO STATE, +135 MICHIGAN, +490 INDIANA, +3000 MARYLAND, +3500 RUTGERS, +9000 BIG TEN WEST WISCONSIN, -130 NEBRASKA, +325 IOWA, +340 NORTHWESTERN, +1000 MINNESOTA, +1700 ILLINOIS, +3500 PURDUE, +8500 BIG 12 OKLAHOMA, +100 BAYLOR, +300 TEXAS,

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