Saturday, October 22, 2016

10/22 Game Previews and LSC Scoop Expert Pickems

From the Newstands

Three keys to a Tarleton Win - Brad Keith, The Flash Today
Several WT stories - Kale Steed, Amarillo Globe News
Rams brace for another top 10 team - Charles Bryce, San Angelo Standard Times
No. 4 Mustangs have their hands full - J. Scott Russell, Times Record News
Angry running style help Lopez - George Vondracek, Corpus Christi Caller Times
Javelina Game Day - George Vondracek, Corpus Christi Caller Times
WNMU at Fort Lewis in non-conference game - C. P. Thompson, Silver City News
UTPB makes trek to Midland ... - J. Perry, Odessa American

LSC Game Day Links

LSC Game Previews

Western New Mexico at Fort Lewis
The Mustangs get to face an old RMAC foe as they travel to Fort Lewis.  The Skyhawks are just 1-6, but have outgained their opponents by 45 yards per game and are rushing for more than 200 per week.  

Bacone at Eastern New Mexico
Bacone is 2-5 this year, including a 62-14 loss to Missouri S&T (from the GLVC).  That tells you about all you need to know about this one.

Texas &M-Kingsville at Tarleton State
Two of the most improved teams in the LSC square off in the third straight homecoming contest for the Javelinas.  The teams have similar passing stats, but the Javelinas run the ball better.  They also defend against the run and pass better.  Tarleton has shown the ability to win close games, and that's something you cannot overlook.  The game could hinge on which team can pressure the opposition's QB better.

#4 Midwestern State at West Texas A&M
For a team with the #4 national ranking, Midwestern State has had to rely on last minute heroics entirely too much.  They could just as easily be 3-3 right now.  They need a clean game and 60 minutes of solid execution.  The Buffs ended a two game skid last week, but have to face top 10 teams back to back and could be looking at a losing season for the first time since 2004.

#9 Texas A&M-Commerce at Angelo State
The Lions have their destiny in their own hands - win out, make the NCAA playoffs, and possibly host a game or two.  But their path still has some hurdles in the way - Angelo State, WT and Tarleton - especially considering how tough WNMU played against TAMC last week.  The Rams  have played their best ball these last three weeks, and seem to have found a leader for the offense in Carsen Cook.

Oklahoma Panhandle State at UT Permian Basin (in Midland)
This isn't a matchup that's gonna gather any national attention or even much conference-wise for that matter, but don't tell either of these teams that it isn't important.  Both are looking for their first LSC win, and it's the best opportunity for both of them to get it.  They are both at or near the bottom of the LSC statistical charts.  The Aggies have an advantage at QB with Shane Truelove.   The senior has thrown for more than 200 yards per game and has a 10-6 TD-Int ratio.

LSC Scoop Expert Pickems

J. Scott Russell

Adam Ostrow
Black Hills,
Wayne St,
Bonus: Aaron Johnson (ENMU)

Joe Price
WNMU at Ft Lewis -WNMU in a must needed win. Javia Hall proves to be the real deal.
Bacone at ENMU - ENMU wins in a big rushing performance that cannot be stopped.
TAMK at Tarleton - A incredible game this week. I envy folks going to this game. I'll take Kingsville in a close game in Stephenville.
MSU at WTAM al- I'll say the same thing about this game. A really good game. This is one not to miss. Mustangs win again.
TAMC at Angelo - Angelo is on their way back up. Can they get one over on Commerce? I'll take he Lions.
OPSU at UT Permian Basin - Game of the Week - Another great game this weekend, with both teams needing a win. I'll take OPSU.

CSUP at Black Hills - Oddly enough this should be a good game. Black Hills is playing well. I will take CSUP.
Colo Mines at Dixie State - Dixie State has strung together 3 straight wins over good opponents. They will give the Mines a run for their money. I'll take Mines.
Saginaw Valley at Wayne State - Wayne State has looked good and SVU is just not the team that they used to be. I'll take Wayne State.
Southwest Baptist at St. Josephs - SBU is a dang good football team. If you don't know that by now, go to a football game. SBU over St. Joe's.
Missouri S&T at McKendree - I'll take McKendree in this one. They are having a great year.
Bonus - Which LSC WR gets the most receiving yards this week? - WTAMU Junior Pomee had a crazy game last week. I'll go with him again for a big game.

Charles Bryce
UT Permian Basin
Colo Mines
Bonus – Donovan Thompson, ASU

Lee Baker



LSC Scoop
Western New Mexico over Fort Lewis - Must put the close losses behind them and get a big win over the Skyhawks.  WNMU 35-17

Eastern New Mexico over Bacone - Greyhounds in a romp, 42-14

Texas A&M Kingsville over Tarleton - toss up game, with the difference being a more consistent running game from the Javs.  TAMK 31-24

In recent years this was a battle for a top spot in the LSC, with a playoff spot up for grabs.  That's the case for MSU this year, but not WT.   We're not expecting a blowout, mainly b/c of the Mustang's propensity for late game heorics, but we are expecting them to remain unscathed. MSU 35-28 on a TD with 0.5 seconds on the clock.

Texas A&M Commerce  over Angelo State - Rams will keep it close for a while, but TAMC pulls away late, TAMC 38-21

Oklahoma Panhandle State over UT Permian Basin - Truelove could have a career game, and give OPSU its one and only LSC win.  OPSU 28-24

CSUP over Black Hills - but who can tell with the RMAC this year
Coloarado Mines over Dixie State - see above
Wanye State over Saginaw Valley -  LSC teams should root for SVSU
Southwest Baptist over St. Joseph's - SBU has a real shot at the NCAA playoffs, which is probably why they left the MIAA a few years ago
McKendree over Missouri S&T

Bonus - Xavier Ayers, WNMU

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