Saturday Seven: Home dogs barking in Saturday’s biggest games

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This edition of “Sports Takes Sure To Be Wrong (Although We Know The Majority Of These Will Be Right)” is brought to you by the amazement you feel when drive out west and realize that there are mountains that make the high rise feel like a mole hill.

This week’s “Saturday Seven” will include an oft-repeated Mark Twain reference that only makes sense in college football.

No. 12 LSU 34, Arkansas 20: Let’s get this out the way – LSU QB Jayden Daniels won’t play as well this week as he did last week, but he will play good enough. Arkansas’ loss to BYU isn’t as bad as it seems, because the Cougars are better than people think. Still, the Razorbacks should have a long evening in Baton Rouge.

Tulane 45, Nicholls 26: The Green Wave should have an easy time winning two in a row.

No. 13 Alabama 20, No. 15 Ole Miss 17: To paraphrase Twain, that noted sports philosopher, the reports of the Crimson Tide’s pending demise are greatly exaggerated. Does Alabama have quarterback issues? Absolutely. But does Alabama have one of the greatest coaches in college football history? Absolutely. The Tide will find a way to win this game in Tuscaloosa.

Clemson 27, No. 4 Florida State 20: It’s Upset Special time, and Uncle Pdub loves home underdogs. Clemson is no longer the team to beat in the ACC, but the Tigers have a lot of pride and are playing at home. This is an upset worth taking a flyer on.

No. 10 Oregon 36, No. 19 Colorado 27: Coach Prime’s bandwagon gets derailed. The Ducks playing on their home field will have the muscle up front to make this a long day.

No. 9 Notre Dame 38, No. 6 Ohio State 30: Upset Special, too. This just seems like one of the “wakeup the echoes” games. This is a good Irish team with the offense to be a contender.

No. 7 Penn State 29, No. 24 Iowa 16: The Hawkeyes are always overrated early before an annual late-season fade. Penn State has the talent to win the Big 10, and it will be on display in a big way.

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Pierce W. Huff

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Pierce W. Huff has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years, winning national and state-wide awards while displaying an ability to cover a variety of subjects from sports to news. He has covered multiple Louisiana High School Athletic Association state championship games, Super Bowls, a World Series game and a WNBA Finals. He covered preps, minor league baseball…

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