The definition of frustration is when the longshots come in and the sure-things somehow donâ€™t happen.
That was last week, when the state was poised for history. There hadnâ€™t been a mid-season weekend in at least three decades where every college football team in Louisiana that was playing posted a victory.
It was in the cards when Tulane pulled off an upset at Army and LSU had a smaller-version upset at Georgia. All that was needed by the time Saturday night rolled around was for Grambling and Southern â€“ both of whom were favored â€“ to hold on for victories, and the state would have had a perfect weekend.
Didnâ€™t happen. The Jaguars and the Tigers both had frustrating losses, those reflecting in the final 3-2 weekend tally here. Not that thereâ€™s any complaints about a 3-0 week against the spread with the LSU, Tulane and UL Monroe picks, but it could have been so much more.
As Jimmy Buffett once said â€¦ breathe in, breathe out, move on.
Thereâ€™s a full schedule this weekend starting with Friday nightâ€™s La. Tech contest at Nevada on ESPN2, and a balanceÂ between Saturday afternoon and night games including that little dust-up at Tiger Stadiumâ€¦
Games are listed in time order along with television plans, and betting lines (the Caesars Las Vegas line) are listed next to the favorites.
Louisiana Colleges -- Week 6
La. Tech at Nevada (-10 Â½) (8 p.m., ESPN2) â€“ The Bulldogs took care of business in their WAC opener last week against Hawaii â€“ the first time Tech had beaten the Warriors since Derek Dooley took over the program. Tech hasnâ€™t beaten Nevada under Dooley, either, but the Wolf Pack will be a much stiffer test â€¦ Nevada 37-28.
Nicholls State at Sam Houston State (2 p.m.) â€“ Nicholls has lost three games by a combined 157 points. Sam Houstonâ€™s not as good as Air Force, Louisiana Tech or Ryan Perrillouxâ€™s Jacksonville State team, but itâ€™s hard to argue with those numbers. Hereâ€™s hoping Southland play is better to the Colonels, but â€¦ Sam Houston State 41-21.
Southeastern La. at Texas State (2 p.m.) â€“ Thereâ€™s still the belief that the Lions are better than their showings in the last two games, and that the big loss at South Dakota was an aberration. TSU hasnâ€™t looked like the preseason pick to win the Southland, so this one may be closer than most figure. Still â€¦ Texas State 31-24.
Marshall (-4) at Tulane (2:30 p.m.) --Â The Thundering Herd is coming off an emotional loss to East Carolina and canâ€™t afford another Conference USA loss. Still, the Green Waveâ€™s been downright impressive the last two weekends, and thereâ€™s something to be said for learning how to win. With a massive home throng on hand â€¦ Tulane 28-24.
Alabama A&M at Grambling (3 p.m.) â€“ The temptation is to pick against the G-Men just out of frustration for last week. But since Rod Broadway has been the Tigersâ€™ coach, his team has managed to bounce back from its few losses. This week should be no different â€¦ Grambling 35-20.
McNeese State at Stephen F. Austin (6 p.m.) â€“ Beware teams that score a lot of points, even against lesser competition. SFA has scored 197 in the last three weeks. Defense is not the Cowboysâ€™ strong suit, but the offense has plenty of playmakers. Itâ€™s an old-fashioned shootout in the Texas piney woods â€¦ McNeese 41-31.
North Texas at UL Lafayette (-6) (6:05 p.m., Sun Belt Network/Cox & CSS) â€“ The Cajun players have been repeatedly reminded that they have zero touchdowns in the last 10 quarters, and itâ€™s been almost a month since that last TD. Donâ€™t worry, be happy, because the Mean Green are the cure for that â€¦ UL Lafayette 27-17.
Central Arkansas at Northwestern State (7 p.m.) â€“ It gets no easier for the Demons. After a brutal non-conference slate, NSUâ€™s first three Southland games are against the three teams picked to finish at the top of the league. Donâ€™t know when theyâ€™re going to catch a break, but itâ€™s probably not until November â€¦ Central Arkansas 44-27.
Florida (-7 Â½) at LSU (7:05 p.m., CBS) â€“ Word is that this is a big game. Florida supposedly has a good quarterback, but thereâ€™s a rumor out there that heâ€™s battling an injury. Tiger fans, the good Samaritans they are, have been phoning with get-well messages. LSUâ€™s coach has a really big white hat. All the other information out there is just overkill ... Florida 31-27.
NEXT TUESDAY (Oct. 13)
Arkansas State (-8) at UL Monroe (7 p.m., ESPN2) â€“ ASU has played well for two straight weeks and only has three-point losses to show for it. The Warhawks are 2-0 in the Sun Belt, but the Red Wolves have faced better competition and are desperate after a league-opener loss to Troy. In the battle of the former Indians â€¦ Arkansas State 35-21.
Last week: 3-2 overall, 3-0 against the spread. Season: 35-8 overall, 11-6 against the spread.
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