3 Up 3 Down (College Week 13)

By John Ewing
A review of the week that was with a look at three college football teams that stood out for good reasons and three whose weekends did not turn out as successfully as anticipated. 

Three Up
Northern Illinois Huskies
2013 Record: Straight-Up 11-0, Against-the-Spread 8-3
Heisman hopeful (28-1 per Bovada.lv) Jordan Lynch has marched the Huskies to a perfect 11-0 record. Northern Illinois jumped two spots in the most recent BCS Standings, including hurdling fellow unbeaten Fresno State, to No. 14.
As the top team from outside the BCS automatic-qualifying conferences, Northern Illinois could qualify for a BCS bowl if it finishes in the top 16 and is ranked ahead of the champion from the American Athletic Conference.
Next Up: Western Michigan - #MACtion
Western Michigan is 1-6 straight up in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone under in 4 of Northern Illinois’s last 5 games at home vs. Western Michigan

The Iron Bowl
This is only the second time in Iron Bowl history that both teams have been ranked in the top 5 nationally. What’s on the line? Alabama is trying to make history by becoming the first team in the modern era to win three straight National Championships. For Auburn they have a shot at the SEC West Title and possibly the National Title.
Back in October the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino SuperBook had Alabama as a 13.5 point favorite over rival Auburn. Heading into this weekend the Tide are currently 10.5 point favorites.
Polls don’t lie. The Southeastern Conference is still the best in the nation. In the current iteration of the AP Poll, four SEC teams are in the top 10, five schools in the top 15. This is all happening with Georgia and Florida having down years.
With Alabama in the driver's seat for the National Title it looks like the rest of college football is helpless to prevent the SEC from winning its eighth straight BCS Title.


Three Down
Oregon Ducks
2013 Record: Straight-Up 9-2, Against-the-Spread 6-4-1
The Rose Bowl is ‘not a big deal’ to the Oregon Ducks. After a disheartening 42-16 loss to Arizona, the Ducks will not have to worry about attending because they won’t get invited.
Oregon turned the ball over three times including two interceptions by Marcus Mariota, the first picks he has thrown in over a year. You know you are having a bad day when your first interception of the year happens like this.
Next Up: Oregon State
The total has gone over in 10 of Oregon State’s last 11 games vs. Oregon
Oregon is 1-4 against-the-spread in its last 5 games
Baylor Bears
2013 Record: Straight-Up 9-1, Against-the-Spread 8-2
The Bears had struggled on the road in the past, but this year would be different, right? Maybe if Baylor was healthy, but injuries to Lache Seastrunk (RB), Glasco Martin (RB), Tevin Reese (WR), Spencer Drango (OT), and Bryce Hager (LB) finally made the Bears look pedestrian. A Baylor offense that had averaged 61 points per game was held to 17 and the Bears have now lost 37 straight road games to ranked opponents.
Head Coach Art Briles said it best, "Without question, there are rodeos, and this is not their first one."
Next Up: TCU
The total has gone over in 7 of Baylor’s last 10 games
TCU is 4-1 straight-up in its last 5 games when playing Baylor
Florida Gators
2013 Record: Straight-Up 4-7, Against-the-Spread 4-7
Florida had never lost to a Football Championship Subdivision school before dropping last Saturday’s game against Georgia Southern 26-20. In the Gators previous seven games against FCS opponents Florida had won by an average of 45 points.
Fun Stat: Georgia Southern became the first team this season to beat an FBS program without completing a pass.
Kick in the Pills: The Gators paid the Eagles $550,000 to play this game.
Next Up: Florida State
The total has gone over in 6 of Florida State’s last 7 games on the road
Florida is 7-2 in its last 9 games when playing Florida State