3 Up 3 Down (College Week 9)

By John Ewing Director of Research and Analytics @johnewing
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

LSU Tigers

2014 Record: Straight-Up 7-2, Against-the-Spread 6-2-1

LSU overcame a slow start including a missed field goal, a fumble on first and goal and a dropped interception all in the first quarter to defeat Ole Miss 10-7. The Tigers come from behind victory is the program's 24th fourth quarter comeback during Les Miles tenure, the most in the FBS during that time.

LSU's offense committed four turnovers but its defense held Ole Miss to a season low in points and yards. Before the game the Rebels were averaging 35.4 points per game.

LSU was the projected winner for less than 10 percent of the game.

Next Up: Alabama

Alabama is 2-8 against-the-spread in its last ten games.
LSU is 3-5-2 against-the-spread in its last ten games against Alabama.

TCU Horned Frogs

2014 Record: Straight-Up 6-1, Against-the-Spread 7-0

82 points, that wasn't the combined score of the game. The Horned Frogs destroyed the Red Raiders 82-27 setting a Big 12 record for points scored in a conference game.

TCU is the first team to score at least 82 points in a contest featuring two teams from a Power 5 conference since Wisconsin in 2010. The Horned Frogs' quarterback Trevone Boykin set a school record with seven touchdown passes.

The new school records didn't end there. In addition to setting a school record in points, TCU set a school record in yards accumulating 785 total yards of offense.

Next Up: Kansas State

The total has gone over in four of Kansas State's last five games on the road.
The total has gone over in five of TCU's last seven home games.

Mississippi State Bulldogs

2014 Record: Straight-Up 7-0, Against-the-Spread 6-1

The nation's top ranked team held on to beat Kentucky 45-31. Mississippi State has now won ten straight games dating back to last season.

The Bulldogs outgained Kentucky 542-504 while getting another big game from quarterback Dak Prescott. The Heisman hopeful has now accounted for at least three touchdowns in each of the team's first seven games.

Mississippi State continues to win, but its defense has allowed 23 points or more in each of its last four games. The troubling trend could become an issue against Alabama and Ole Miss in the coming weeks.

Next Up: Arkansas

Mississippi State has lost 5 of the team's last 7 home games against Arkansas.
The total has gone over in 7 of Arkansas' last 9 games.

Three Down

Texas Longhorns

2014 Record: Straight-Up 3-5, Against-the-Spread 4-4

Kansas State shut out Texas 23-0. This was the first time since 2004 that the Longhorns have been held scoreless in a game.

Texas' offense scored 48 points in a win over Iowa State last week but the unit was held to 196 total yards against the Wildcats. The Longhorns have a negative point differential on the season and are 110th in the country in scoring, averaging less than three touchdowns per game.

Texas is near the bottom of the Big 12 standings with a losing record in conference play as well as on the season. The traditional conference power has not had a losing season since 2010. The program has only had two losing seasons since 1997.

Next Up: West Virginia

WVU is 4-1 straight-up in its last five road games.
The total has gone under in 8 of Texas's last 10 home games.

Michigan Wolverines

2014 Record: Straight-Up 3-5, Against-the-Spread 3-5

The Wolverines have dropped six of their last seven games to in-state rival Michigan State. Michigan was held to -5 rushing yards in the first half and the 24 point loss was the largest for the Spartans over their “Big Brother” since 1967.

Michigan scored one touchdown late in the fourth quarter, it was the first touchdown against Michigan State since 2011.

Michigan is 3-5 on the season and in danger of missing out on a bowl. The Wolverines will need to win three of their next four to become bowl eligible.

Next Up: Indiana

Indiana is 2-5-1 against-the-spread in its last eight games.
Michigan has won five in a row at home against Indiana.

Marcus Mariota's Perfect Season

Oregon defeated Cal 59-41 Friday night. Marcus Mariota passed for 326 yards and five touchdowns in the win. However, the Heisman hopeful threw his first interception of the season.

It was Mariota's first interception in 253 passes dating back to last year. Mariota faces Stanford next, a team the junior has not beat in his career as a starter.