Saturday, October 29, 2016

10-29 Game Previews and LSC Scoop Expert Pickems

From the News Stands

No. 13 Mustangs prepare for youth dominated Falcons - J. Scott Russell, Times Record News
Javelina Game Day - George Vondracek, Corpus Christi Caller Times
Javelinas on Track, but have a ways to go - George Vondracek, Corpus Christi Caller Times
3 Keys to WT beating TAMC - Kale Steed, Amarillo Globe News
Getting Personal with Riley Smith - Kale Steed, Amarillo Globe News
Tarleton heads to OPSU a heavy favorite - Brad Keith, The Flash Today
Rams look to get back on track in Silver City - Charles Bryce, San Angelo Standard Times
Mustangs return to LSC action - C. P. Thompson, Silver City Sun-News
UTPB receiving group making strides - Joshua Perry, Odessa American


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Game Previews

Angelo State at Western New Mexico
Let's just forget last week.  The Rams trailed at the half 20-14, but then gave up 28 second half points when their defense wasn't even on the field, on the way to a 62-14 loss to Texas A&M-Commerce.  The Mustangs trailed Fort Lewis 17-14 at the break, but three turnovers led to three TDs over a nine minute stretch, and WNMU was outscored 35-0 in the second half, losing 52-14 to their former RMAC rivals.  Okay, now forget it.

Javia Hall has played much better against LSC teams, compiling an 18-7 TD-Int ratio, while just 2-4 outside of the conference.  The key to the game will be how well the Rams run the ball.  WNMU is allowing 243 rushing yards in LSC games.  Rams control the clock and keep WNMU offense off the field, ASU 28-24


Tarleton State at Oklahoma Panhandle State
After 30 minutes you could not have asked for more if you were a Texan fan, up 17-0 and shutting down an explosive Texas A&M-Kingsville offense, with Zed Woerner having a great game.  The next 30 minutes were a nightmare, with the Javelinas totally shutting down TSU's offense (48 yards, 0 in the fourth quarter), and Woerner was running for his life, getting sacked at will.  The Aggies, on the other hand enjoyed their trip to Midland, getting their first LSC win, and Shane Truelove completing 40-49 passes for 610 yards.

While the offenses will get most of the attention, look for Tarleton's pass rush to get to Truelove enough to disrupt the Aggies.  TSU 45-35


West Texas A&M at Texas A&M-Commerce
The Buffaloes have certainly been fun to follow this year.  They have been really good at times, giving MSU their only loss this year, but also inconsistent, losing to ENMU and TAMK when they basically disappeared for large chunks of those games.  Ben Arbuckle has been lights out since stepping in for the injured Ethan Brinkley, completing 67% of his passes for more than 800 yards and 13 TDs (just 2 Ints) in about 2.5 games.  That's helped open things up for the ground game and Devon Paye.  Meanwhile for the Lions, the loss to MSU three weeks ago may have just been the wake up call they needed.  They totally dismantled Angelo State last week, with the all facets of the game contributing.  Richard Cooper and Luis Perez top the LSC statistical charts and the team is plus 12 in turnover margin.

If having a talent edge isn't enough, there are probably still some hard feelings toward WT from certain TAMC personnel (and probably always will be).  TAMC 42-24


Eastern New Mexico at Texas A&M-Kingsville
The Greyhounds have running the ball as expected, averaging 335 yards per game, despite Kamal Cass being limited by injury the last few weeks.  Across the line, the Javelinas lead the LSC in rushing defense, giving up just 83 yards per game and just 2.5 per carry.  Even adding in the negative yards for sacks, and they are allowing just 110.  Wyatt Strand can hurt you passing the ball if the opportunity, in fact he had back to back games of 260 yards against UTPB and TSU.  The Javelinas are more balanced on offense, running for 118 and throwing for 237.  Myles Carr has a 20-5 TD-Int ratio, and has thrown TD passes to 8 different receivers.  Watch for TE Stehley Reden who has 7 receptions for 160 yards and 3 TDs over the last three weeks.

The Greyhounds have won once in Javelina Stadium (2014), but this isn't the same caliber Javelina team.  Hogs give yards, but get enough stops to eke out a 38-35 win.


UT-Permian Basin at Midwestern State
The Falcons had their best shot at their first LSC win, pulling to within 4 points on three different occasions in the second half, but could not get a stop for 5 consecutive OPSU possessions.  The offense had fun (503 yards, 44 points), but the defense was overmatched, giving up 750 yards.  The Mustangs played with fire one too many times, and were unable to pull out another last minute win in Canyon.  The Mustangs fell behind 21-0 in the first half, but scored the next 24 points, to take the lead with under a minute to play in the third quarter.  But a quick 74 yard TD run and a game clinching 11 play 78 yard game clinching drive by WT handed MSU their first loss of the season.  Quade Coward completed just 3 of his last 12 passes on MSU's final two possessions.

The Mustangs can forget last week, and just enjoy a comfortable win over the Falcons. MSU 45-10


Colorado State Pueblo over Western State - Wolves have been best RMAC team lately
Colorado Mines over Chadron State - Orediggers have inside track on playoffs
Wayne State over Ferris State - toss up, but will go with Wayne State
Southwest Baptist over Missouri S&T - last challenge for SBU before playoffs
Fort Hays over Emporia State - do or die for Fort Hays if they are to get back into playoff hunt

LSC QB with the most yards - Ben Arbuckle has been one of, if not the hottest QB since stepping in for Ethan Brinkley
LSC Special Teams and Defense with most TDs scored? Texas A&M-Commerce is the most opportunistic at scoring non-offensive TDs


LSC Scoop Expert Pickems

J. Scott Russell


Adam Ostrow
WNMU
Tarleton
TAMC
TAMK
MSU
Western
Mines
Wayne St. 
SBU
Emporia
Shane Truelove 
TAMK


Joe Price
Angelo at WNMU - The Rams 
Tarleton at OPSU - The Texans
WTAM at TAMC - Commerce 
ENMU at TAMK - Kingsville 
UTPB at MSU - MSU
CSUP at Western St - CSUP
Chadron at Colorado Mines - Mines
Wayne State at Ferris State - Ferris State
Missouri S&T at Southwest Baptist - SBU
Fort Hays at Emporia State - Emporia State
Which LSC QB throws for the most yards? Myles Carr
Which LSC team's speical teams and defense scores the most TDs? MSU


Charles Bryce
Angelo
Tarleton
TAMC
TAMK
MSU
CSUP
Colorado Mines
Ferris State
Southwest Baptist
Emporia State
Which LSC QB throws for the most yards? Zed Woerner (TSU)
Which LSC team's special teams and defense scores the most TDs? Texas A&M-Kingsville


Lee Baker
WNMU
TARLETON ST.
TAMC
TAMK
MSU
WESTERN ST.
CO. MINES
FERRIS ST.
SW BAPTIST
EMPORIA ST.

QUADE COWARD/MSU
TAMC




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