Another 6-1 week, missing out only on the UCO game. That puts the season to date at 38-10.

Last Week’s Games

Abilene Christian 43, East Central 6

Southwest Baptist 31, Central Oklahoma 23

Southeastern Oklahoma 33, Southwestern Oklahoma 10

Angelo State 47, Eastern New Mexico 23

Texas A&M-Commerce 27, Northeastern State 12

Midwestern State 31, West Texas A&M 19

Texas A&M-Kingsville 34, Tarleton State 20

This Week’s Games

Texas A&M-Kingsville at Texas A&M-Commerce

The Javelinas have shown in the last two weeks they can take a punch from good teams and find a way to win. The ability to run the ball effectively (228 yards against a Texan defense that was giving up just 69 per game) has helped the team withstand a mid-season rough patch from Billy Garza. The Lion defense has been good against the run, but is allowing an LSC worst 315 yards per game passing. On the flip side, TAMC’s offense has come almost entirely through air. The Lions throw for 233 yards per game, while TAMK gives up just 184. The Javelinas bring home the Chennault cup. TAMK, 35-21

East Central at

 Incarnate Word

The Tigers have to be glad to have the first half of the season behind them. Six games against opponents with a combined 27-8 record, four of them currently ranked nationally. That doesn’t totally excuse their performance on the field, where they have been outscored 217-31. They are facing future LSC member Incarnate Word, fresh off of a 38-35 OT win over Panhandle State, that included four TDs in the final 21 minutes of regulation to erase a 35-7 deficit. UIW is averaging 22 points and 309 yards offensively, while allowing 36 points and 438 yards. Against two quality D2 teams (Midwestern State and Arkansas Tech), they were outscored 89-17. Making things worse, their top two wide receivers will miss this game due to injuries. This is one of two remaining games that the Tigers have a good shot of winning. ECU, 21-17

Central Oklahoma at Southeastern Oklahoma

The Bronchos season so far has been one of frustration. Week two’s win over West Texas A&M doesn’t look nearly as good as it did at the time, and unlike 2008, UCO has not found a way to win the close games. The offense has been in the middle of the LSC pack, but the defense is down in the bottom third, giving up 447 yards and 33 points per game. The Savage Storm continues to rotate quarterbacks, trying to ride the hot hand. The offense has sputtered a bit in recent weeks, but is still middle of the pack. The defense has better statistics than UCO’s - 28.5 points and 397 yards allowed per game, but has not faced as many quality teams. When SOSU did face good teams (MSU and ACU) they were outscored 67-20. This should be a good game, but being at home, SOSU should pull out a close one. SOSU, 28-24

Southwestern Oklahoma at Northeastern State

Hoo boy. Matchup of teams with a combined 1-11 record, 11th and 12th in scoring offense, total yards gained, passing yards and passing efficiency. Actually SWO did play fairly well last week, but two special teams TDs doomed them against Southeastern Oklahoma. Northeastern State also had a good game, but theirs was spoiled by two TAMC defensive TDs in the fourth quarter. While both offenses have struggled mightily this year, the Riverhawks defense has been okay, giving up 353 yards and 28 points per game. That should be the difference in this one. NSU, 17-7

Eastern New Mexico at West Texas A&M

The Wagon Wheel game is always a big one, regardless of the teams’ records. ENMU still leads the LSC in scoring and total offense, despite facing two of the best defenses the past two weeks. Late turnovers really hurt the young Greyhounds in those losses. J.J. Harp now has 3,000 yards and 20 TDs passing. For the second week in a row, the Buffaloes threw a serious scare into a ranked opponent, but came up short again. If they can continue to get pressure on the QB (8 sacks the past two weeks), they have a shot in this one. If not it will be a long day. Look for the Buffs to win in a squeaker. WT, 35-31

Midwestern State at Tarleton State

That this isn’t the game of the week is a testament to the number of quality teams topping the LSC this year. On paper, the teams look pretty well matched. Second and 4th in scoring, 5th and 6th in total offense, 1st and 2nd in scoring defense and 1st and 3rd in total defense. Tarleton is the better running team, while Midwestern has had more success through the air. Both have been good stopping the run, and great against the pass. Normally when the teams are so closely matched, we go with the better quarterback, in this case that would be Midwestern State’s Zack Eskeridge. Normally, but not always. Tarleton, 27-24

Game of the Year (Part II)

Abilene Christian at

Angelo State

How many times do you see a team averaging over 400 yards and scoring 35 points per game make a QB change in the middle of the season? Well ACU did last week, inserting redshirt freshman Mitchell Gale into the starting slot. Against ECU’s defense he did very well, tossing 3 TDs and throwing for 300 yards. This week he’ll be facing an entirely different situation. The Rams lead the LSC with 27 sacks, and have picked off 10 passes this year. If ACU can run the ball effectively that will help matters out. The Wildcats do lead the LSC with 209 yards rushing per game, but ASU is second in run defense, allowing just 54 yards per game. On the other side, Angelo State has not had any QB controversy this year - Josh Neiswander is firmly in control - 2nd in the LSC with 284 yards per game with 15 TDs and just 3 interceptions. The Wildcats have allowed 209 yards a game through the air and have 10 interceptions of their own. The running game has been good for ASU, 4th in the league at 143 yards per game, but they face the top run defense - ACU has given up just 32 yards per game.

Angelo State has to cut down on flags - they cant afford 185 yards in penalties, but with home field advantage we will take the Rams in a big upset. ASU, 24-21